Nina Berman




New York-based soprano Nina Berman has performed in a variety of settings, from vocal improvisation to opera, with a particular focus on chamber music and art song. Her most recent projects include performances of Milton Babbitt's Solo Requiem with pianists Steve Beck, Eric Huebner, and Stephen Gosling; singing as a featured soloist in Justine Chen's The Turing Project with American Lyric Opera; and singing the soprano in the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble's premiere of Him Sophy's Bangskol: A Requiem for Cambodia. Past seasons have also included creating several roles in the premiere of Christopher Williams' and Gregory Spears' ballet-opera Wolf-in-Skins in a joint collaboration between American Opera Projects and Philadelphia Dance Projects, as well as singing as member of a three-voice improvisational sound installation in Maja Bajevič's most recent New York exhibition, To Be Continued.


Nina has sung numerous twentieth- and twenty-first century works including the premieres of pieces by David Noon, Reiko Füting, Evan Antonellis, Oliver Markson, ASCAP-award winner Jeremy Samuel Faust, Sarah Curzi, Brian Erickson, Galen H. Brown, and Him Sophy, and was featured on the premiere Naxos recording of Salvatore Di Vittorio’s 1998 Ave Maria. Nina has appeared on radio with experimental artist Sabisha Freidberg and composer Greg Spears as part of a live ARTonAIR broadcast, and has done live performances on WQXR, WNBC, WHTZ.


Additionally, Nina has focused on both early music and standard concert repertoire, singing roles by Gluck, Purcell, Monteverdi, Allegri, and Handel, among others, with the Vancouver Early Music Festival, Ridotto Arts Organization, and others; and has sung as soloist with several New York area orchestras, most recently singing the soprano solo in the Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Chappaqua Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Nina enjoys singing as a chorister, and has sung with the St. Bartholomew's Choir, the American Classical Orchestra Choir, the New York Oratorio Society, and sang as a founding member of Kent Tritle's Venture(NY).


She is active in New York, having performed as soloist and chamber musician at the city's major venues, including Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, B.B. King's Blues Club, The Iridium, New York City's Town Hall, Brooklyn's Roulette, The Cutting Room, and SubCulture, as well as in numerous tristate area concert series, most often in collaboration with pianist Steve Beck. Nina also sings as member of Andrew McKenna Lee's progressive, neo-psychedelic ensemble The Knells, whose recordings have been lauded by The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The New Republic, The Washington Post, and many others. Visit for more information about this exciting project.


Upcoming projects include a recording on New Focus Recordings of the complete soprano-piano works of Milton Babbitt with pianist Steve Beck; recitals throughout the tristate area; improvisational work with jazz trombonist Thomas Sullivan; and ongoing performances with The Knells. Nina holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the CUNY Graduate Center.




Upcoming performances

 With Barry Levitt, piano/Jon Burr, bass/Alvester Garnett, drums - Photo by Roger Maggio

With Barry Levitt, piano/Jon Burr, bass/Alvester Garnett, drums - Photo by Roger Maggio

10/19/2018 at 8:15 PM

The Knells at Progtoberfest IV

Reggie's Rock Club

2109 South State St, Chicago, IL 60616      Click HERE for tickets!



Joint recital with Steve Beck, piano

Bernstein’s “I Hate Music!”

Britten’s “Holiday Diary,” op. 5 for solo piano

Gurney’s “Five Elizabethan Songs”

Copland’s “Four Piano Blues” for solo piano

Barber’s “Hermit Songs”


With Steve Beck, piano

What is Song? Featuring the works of Milton Babbitt and a preconcert lecture by Steve Beck and Bruce Adolphe

Off The Hook Arts Festival

1001-A E Harmony Rd #260, Fort Collins, CO 80525     Click HERE for tickets!


Past performance Highlights


Works by Debussy, Wolf, Poulenc, Mendelssohn, and Schumann

Chappaqua Orchestra Chamber Series

Steve Beck, piano


Works by Schoenberg, Milton Babbitt, and Dvorak, and premieres by Theodore Wiprud and Galen H. Brown

CUNY Graduate Center

Steve Beck, piano



The Knells with Bombay Rickey and Empyrean Atlas

Littlefield (Brooklyn, NY)



Soprano soloist, Brahms Requiem

Michael Shapiro, conductor

Chappaqua Symphony Orchestra



"Wolf-in-Skins" by Gregory Spears and Christopher Williams

American Opera Projects/Philadelphia Dance Company



Premiere by Roger Stubblefield and works by Milton Babbitt

Brooklyn New Music Collective

Steve Beck, piano



Works by Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Gurney, and Medtner

"At Noon" Series, USC Brain and Creativity Institute

Carlos Gardels, piano



Works by Copland, Bach, Peter Gilbert, Vineet Shende, and Ervin Drake

Concerts on the Slope (Brooklyn, NY)

Dan Lippel, guitar



Holst's "The Planets" with the NY Oratorio Society/NY Philharmonic

David Robertson, conductor



Stravinsky's Symphony of Pslams with Kent Tritle's Venture(NY)

George Manahan, conductor

Juilliard Repertory Dances at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre



Bach's St. Matthew Passion

Ed Houser, conductor

Bach in the Heights series



Works by Octavio Vazquez and Oliver Markson with the Michael Rose's Brooklyn New Music Collective

Spectrum NYC

Oliver Markson, piano



Works by Copland, Luigi Rossi, Bach, Judah E. Adashi, Vineet Shende, and Ervin Drake at the South Huntington Public Library (Huntington, NY)

Dan Lippel, guitar



Works by Strauss, Schubert, Mozart, and Wagner (private event in Maplewood, NJ)

Steve Beck, piano



The Knells at National Sawdust (Brooklyn, NY)








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