Nick DiBerardino

Nick DiBerardino (b. 1989), hailed as a “bright young star” and a “first-rate talent” by the Portland Press Herald, is a composer of concert music, electronic music, and film music. He attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, where he earned an M.Phil with distinction, co-founded and chaired the Oxford Laptop Orchestra, and was awarded the John Lowell Osgood Memorial Prize for composition. He received his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University, where he founded the Undergraduate Composers Collective, was elected early to Phi Beta Kappa, and was awarded the Edward T. Cone Memorial Prize for excellence in music theory and composition. His concert music has received recognition from the Music Teachers’ National Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the New York Art Ensemble, the Definiens Project, and ASCAP, and in 2013 he was named a featured composer by the Boston New Music Initiative, the overall winner of the Portland Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition, and the recipient of the soundSCAPE Composition Prize. Nick’s music has been premiered in several countries, including a recent performance at London’s Barbican Centre. He has furthered his studies through the New York Youth Symphony, the European American Musical Alliance, the Brevard Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Norfolk New Music Workshop, the highSCORE festival, the soundSCAPE festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where his work was featured on the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. Consistent with his belief in the transformative power of music, Nick co-founded “Back in Tune," an initiative designed to provide underserved students in Bridgeport, Connecticut with musical instruction and to collect, refurbish, and distribute used instruments on their behalf. Nick is currently pursuing an M.M. in composition at the Yale School of Music. He hopes to continue to reach out to new audiences throughout his career, seeking always to spread his passion for music and to harness its powerful ability to draw communities together.