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, 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 Long Island-based orchestras, most recently singing the soprano solo in Mahler's Fourth Symphony. Additionally, Nina enjoys singing as a chorister, and has sung with the St. Bartholomew's Choir, the American Classical Orchestra Choir, Kent Tritle's Venture(NY), the New York Oratorio Society, and other organizations.


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. Nina also sings as member of Andrew McKenna Lee's progressive, neo-psychedelic ensemble The Knells, whose debut album on New Amsterdam Records has 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 a BM and MM from the Manhattan School of Music, and is an ABD doctoral candidate 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


2/6/2018 at 8:45 PM (Doors at 8 PM)

The Knells with Bombay Rickey and Empyrean Atlas

Littlefield (635 Sacket St., Brooklyn, NY)

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4/10/2018 at 7:30 PM

Recital with Steve Beck, piano

   Antonin Dvorak, op. 86 "Love Songs"

   Arnold Schoenberg, op. 6 "Eight Songs"

   Milton Babbitt, "Du"

   Theodore Wiprud, "Songs for Allegra"

   Galen Brown, "Darkness"

Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Ave, NY, NY)

Free Admission!




Past performance Highlights


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)



Works by R. Strauss, Schubert, Mozart, and Wagner (private event in Philadelphia, PA)

Steve Beck, piano



Works by R. Strauss, Schubert, Michael Shapiro, and Wagner at the Chappaqua Orchestra Chamber Series (Chappaqua, NY)

Steve Beck, piano



Works by Vladimir Godar at Soofser Concert Series (NY, NY)

Sheng-Ching Hsu, violin; Eric Allen, cello; Malgorzata Goroszewska, piano



Works by Witold Lutoslawski at Soofser Concert series (NY, NY)

Oliver Markson, piano



All-Nicolai Medtner recital at the CUNY Graduate Center (NY, NY)

Oliver Markson, piano



Recital featuring works by Schoenberg, R. Strauss, and Schumann (NY, NY)

Steve Beck, piano



The Knells at the New Music Bake Sale (Brooklyn, NY)



All-Nicolai Medtner recital at the Nicholas Roerich Museum (NY, NY)

Oliver Markson, piano



Soprano soloist in Bach's BWV 84, BWV 58, and BWV 32 with the Ridotto Concert Series (Long Island, NY)



Handel's Messiah at St. John's Lutheran Church (NY, NY)



The Knells at Glasslands (Brooklyn, NY)



The Knells at SubCulture (NY, NY)



Milton Babbitt's Solo Requiem at the CUNY Grad Center (NY, NY)

Steve Beck and Stephen Gosling, pianos



The Knells at Orion Studios (Baltimore, MD)



The Knells at (le) Poisson Rouge (NY, NY)



Works by Jeremy Samuel Faust at Soofser Concert Series (NY, NY)

Steve Beck, piano



The Knells at the 2014 Look & Listen Festival (NY, NY)



Recital featuring works by Milton Babbitt, Michael Torke, and Jeremy Samuel Faust (NY, NY)

Steve Beck, piano, with Eric Huebner, piano, on the Babbitt



Handel's Alceste with the American Classical Orchestra, Alice Tully Hall (NY, NY)



The Knells at The Cutting Room (NY, NY)






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