Composer Nick DiBerardino is noted for creating “richly textured, multilayered” sound worlds (Minnesota Star Tribune) that tell fantastical tales. He has written music about everything from failed flying machines and particle physics to Walt Whitman and tall glasses of beet juice.
A Rhodes Scholar, Mr. DiBerardino has received commissions from numerous artists and institutions, including Symphony Tacoma, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the New College Choir, arx duo, Sandbox Percussion, The Brass Project, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, and saxophonist Matthew Levy. Residencies include those for the Intimacy of Creativity Festival at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and Luzerne Music Center. His works have been performed around the world by the American Composers Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Aizuri Quartet, Contemporaneous, So Percussion, and the Israeli Chamber Project; and artists Tony Arnold, Tara O’Connor, Danny Phillips, Steven Copes, Sonora Slocum, and Priscilla Lee, among many others.
Mr. DiBerardino has a history of spearheading innovative musical projects, including founding England’s first laptop orchestra, OxLOrk. He has designed several collaborative compositional initiatives, including a children’s opera composed with students at Girard College and a workshop series for people living with Alzheimer’s disease created in partnership with the Penn Memory Center.
Mr. DiBerardino holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, an M.Phil with distinction from the University of Oxford, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and a post-baccalaureate diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, all in composition. He is currently finishing his dissertation as a PhD candidate at Princeton University.
Mr. DiBerardino is Director of Composition Studies and Ensemble 20/21 at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his work on the composition faculty, Nick has served on Curtis’ Musical Studies faculty and was the Musical Studies Lead Instructor and Composition Coordinator at Curtis' Young Artist Summer Program. He now serves in a similar capacity for Curtis’ partnership with the Sphinx Performance Academy, a program with a primary focus on cultural diversity that actively recruits students from cultural backgrounds underrepresented in the field of classical music.