Composer / Vocalist

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Eli Berman (b. 1998) is a composer-vocalist who creates music that explores links between bodies, genders, ancestries, and environments. Through composition and improvised, electro-acoustic performances, they explore extended techniques in relation to western classical, Jewish cantorial, Yiddish, Slovak, Appalachian singing traditions.

A 2017 & 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Music and a 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Award Finalist, Eli has written and been commissioned for a variety of pieces for concert, film, theater, and multimedia, including music for the Eschaton Ensemble of Vanderbilt University, an installation piece for the Pittsburgh Biennial, and the soundtracks to the TV pilot “Gone" and the short film "Flesh and Iron." Their work has been premiered at multiple festivals including (R)evolution: Resonant Bodies at the Banff Centre, New Music On the Point, the Atlantic Music Festival, Gender Unbound, the Cleveland Institute of Music's Young Composers Program, and California Summer Music. As a baritone and countertenor, Eli has premiered multiple works by living composers, including the U.S. premiere of John Tavener’s “Total Eclipse.” In April 2018, they performed on a New York Times critically-acclaimed concert of works by Eve Beglarian with Tony Arnold, Jeffrey Gavett, and Eve Beglarian. Eli currently sings with C4, an acclaimed ensemble of singers, composers, and conductors who perform new music in New York City. Eli has also presented their music and creative research on non-binary voices at The Transgender Singing Voice Conference and at Princeton University.

Eli recently graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, where they studied music composition with Dan Trueman, Steve Mackey, and Bora Yoon, and voice with Gabriel Crouch and David Kellett. 

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