Bart Berman

Bart Berman (Hebrew: ברט ברמן; born December 29, 1938) is a Dutch-Israeli pianist and composer, best known as an interpreter of Franz Schubert and 20th-century music.[1][2]


Bart Berman studied piano with Jaap Spaanderman at a predecessor of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and complemented his piano education with Theo Bruins and a master class by Alfred Brendel. In 1978 he moved to Israel.[1]

As a soloist Berman was awarded the Dutch Prize of Excellence, the first prize in the Gaudeamus Competition for interpreters of contemporary music,[3][4] the Friends of the Concertgebouw Award and four first prizes at competitions for young soloists. He has performed in Israel, Europe and the United States, as a soloist and in chamber music. Berman was a soloist with many Dutch and Israeli orchestras and has recorded for radio and television.

Collaborations included those with flautist Abbie de Quant (since 1970), Duo 4 with pianist Meir Wiesel, the Tamar Piano Trio with violinist Itzhak Segev and cellist Louis Rowen, as well as ensembles with several vocalists among whom Bat-Sheva Zeisler. Past partnerships include Duo Beer Sheva with the late pianist Sara Fuxon, Ensemble M, and Negev Baroque. During 2004-2008 Berman accompanied the remake of Hanoch Levin's satirical cabaret You, Me and the Next War,[5] in 2007 he was the pianist and musical director of Schubert Plus, An Operatic Episode in Two Acts,[6] and during 2011-2015 he was a guest soloist with the Zamir Quartet. In 2014 he launched a new program for 4 pianists at 2 pianos, based on Duo 4.

Berman taught piano at the conservatoires of Rotterdam and Arnhem and was an editor of the Israel Music Institute. Among his many students are Peet Bakker,[7] Dick Bloemer,[8] Cleem Determeijer, Jan van Dijk,[9] Kees van Eersel,[10] Margriet Ehlen,[11] Dror Elimelech,[12] Nicolette Heerema,[13] Gerard Houtman, Lucie Kraan,[14] and Matthijs Verschoor.[15]

Berman studied composition with Bertus van Lier and Wouter van den Berg. He has composed many original works, including cadenzas to all piano concerti by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and second piano parts to be played alongside original compositions by Muzio Clementi and Daniel Steibelt. Most noted are his completions to Schubert's unfinished piano sonatas and J.S. Bach's Art of Fugue.[1]


Participation Albums Collections
Piano solo
Piano duos
  • Franz Schubert: Music for Piano Four Hands (1983, 1988, 1991)[16][17][18][19]
  • Kibbutz Composers: Piano Music for Two and Four Hands (1985)
  • Duo 4: Live 1995 (1996)
Various small ensembles
  • Meir Mindel: Tamar (1990)
  • Frank Martin: Chamber Music (1991)[21][22]
  • Rachel Galinne: Uneginotai Nenagen (1999)
  • Chaya Arbel: More Works (2003)
Various large ensembles

Notable performances

1960s and 1970s 1980s and 1990s 2000s and 2010s


  • The Farce of the Cow (1956), theater music for a play by Gerbrand Bredero[34]
  • Duo in Mediterranean Style for violin and viola (1957)
  • Christmas Song on a text by Bertus van Lier for choir a cappella (1957)
  • Israeli Sonatina for piano (1958)
  • String Quartet (1958)
  • Four Melodies for piano (1960, revised 1980)[35]
  • Three New Canons on the Royal Theme of J.S. Bach: The Musical Offering (1978)[36]
  • Birthday Bunch for piano (1994)
  • Film music for The Staircase for piano (1995)
  • Variations and Fugue on a theme by Nikolai Medtner for piano (2009)[37]
  • Dayenu Fantasy (2014)


  • Castiglioni: Arabeschi for flute, piano and orchestra (1974)
  • The Beethoven piano concerti (1966–1990)
  • The Mozart solo, double and triple piano concerti (1970–1990)
  • The Haydn piano concerti (1970–1990)


  • J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue (1970)
  • Schubert: Unfinished Piano Sonatas (1976–1990)
  • Mozart: Sonata for Keyboard Four-hands in G major, K. 357 (1991)
  • Glinka: Sonata in D minor for viola and piano (1999)
  • Beethoven: Romance in E minor ("Romance Cantabile") for piano, flute, bassoon, and orchestra, Hess 13 (2001)

Piano parts

  • Second Piano Part for Daniel Steibelt: Sonatina Opus 33 in C (1981)
  • Right Hand Piano Part for J.S. Bach: Sonatas in E Minor and E Major (1988)
  • Second Piano Part for Clementi: Six Sonatinas Opus 36 (1995)

Footnotes and references

  1. Seida, Linda, "Bart Berman - Biography", Allmusic, Concert pianist Bart Berman focuses mainly on the works of Franz Schubert, and his recordings include a double CD of the composer's works. He also plays contemporary music and spent part of his career as a member of Ensemble M.
  2. Young, John Bell (1998). "Schubert: Unfinished Piano Sonatas: D 279, 571, 613, 625, 840". American Record Guide. 62 (2): 194. It's always gratifying to hear the underrated or rarely played music of a major composer. But it is no less satisfying to discover, for the first time, a great pianist at the helm of such works. I'd heard of Berman, who is Present in his 60s, but had never heard him. He is the quintessential musician's musician and, it seems, a product of the same central European tradition that produced Klien, Brendel, Wuhrer, Petri, Demus, and Fischer. [...] This disc does double duty, in that it offers an eminently rewarding musical experience and introduces one of the premier Schubert interpreters of our time.
  3. Field, Keith (June 1970). "Appointments, Awards, Competitions". The Musical Times. 111 (1528): 602. doi:10.2307/956818. JSTOR 956819. Bart Berman (Netherlands) has been awarded first prize among interpreters of contemporary music by the Gaudeamus Foundation.
  4. Rotterdams jaarboekje [Yearbook of Rotterdam]. Historisch genootschap Roterodamum. 1971. p. 33. De pianist Bart Berman, leraar aan het Rotterdams Conservatorium, wint de eerste prijs in het Internationaal Gaudeamus Concours voor vertolkers van muziek van onze tijd.
  5. Yudilovitch, Merav (2005-02-08). את ואני והמלחמה הבאה' בתיאטרון הערבי-עברי' ["You, Me and the Next War" in the Arab-Hebrew Theater]. Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2009-11-02. בערב משתתפים שפרה מילשטיין, בת שבע ייזלר, רמי פלג וגד קינר אותם מלווה הפסנתרן ברט ברמן שיבצעו בין היתר את הפזמונים "את ואני והמלחמה הבאה", "חייל שחור מכה חייל לבן" ו"האלוף בום". את צאת ההצגות מלווה דיסק של שירי מערכוני המופע.
  6. Windisch, Franziska. "Schubert Plus: A pleasure for all senses". All About Jewish Theatre. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2009-11-02. The singing is effectively accompanied by only a piano (Bart Berman) and a clarinet (Mor Levine), which really makes one wonder if a whole orchestra is always needed in order to endow music with utmost emotion. Together with the light that always reflects the mood, the singing and music form a fascinating unity.
  7. 4worx. "Pianorecital Peter Bakker in de Munt - Dordrecht". Archived from the original on 2015-04-15.
  8. "Dick Bloemer vrijdag in kerkje 't Woudt" [Dick Bloemer Friday in Church 't Woudt]. Nieuwe Leidsche Courant. 1973-07-27. p. 4. Retrieved 2015-08-16. Dick Bloemer studeert daarnaast nog bij Bart Berman voor zijn solistendiploma piano.
  9. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2015-04-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. Winters, Reint (2009-08-13). "Kees van Eersel laat van zich horen in de Bovenkerk" [Kees van Eersel makes himself heard in the Bovenkerk]. Genemuiden Actueel (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-10-29. Tijdens deze periode studeerde hij tevens koordirectie bij George Stam met bijvakken zang (bij Cees Touwen) en viool (bij mevr. De Monchy-Kuiper), compositie bij Otto Ketting en later hoofdvak piano bij Bart Berman.
  11. "Muziekencyclopedie - Margriet Ehlen",
  12. Joseph Galron-Goldschläger (ed.), דרור אלימלך [Dror Elimelech], Lexicon of New Hebrew Literature (in Hebrew), archived from the original on 2010-06-18, למד פסנתר אצל פנינה זלצמן, רות הילמן, ברט ברמן והלחנה אצל סרג'יו נטרא.
  13. "Steenvoorde Concerten". 2011.
  15. "A Russian Ark in Cool".
  16. Meyer, Kurtz (1985). "Index to Record Reviews". Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association. 41 (4): 751–774. JSTOR 940876.
  17. Weekley, Dallas A., and Nancy Arganbright (1990). Schubert's Music for Piano Four-Hands. White Plains, New York: Pro/Am Music Resources, p. 137-144. ISBN 0-912483-55-5
  18. Lampson, Dave (1992) "Late Keyboard Music - Recommended CDs". Classical Net.
  19. "=ATD 8306 From the city of Abraham's Well, the Duo Beersheva -- pianists Sarah Fuxon and Bart Berman -- play delightful Schubert rarities". Fanfare. 7 (3): 35.
  20. Fleischer, Robert Jay (1997) Twenty Israeli Composers: Voices of a Culture. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press, p. 343.
  21. De Vaglio M: "Musica Da Camera, Martin, Gallo - DDD" Archived June 6, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.16noni. (in Italian)
  22. Martin M: Souvenirs de ma vie avec Frank Martin. Lausanne: L'Age d'Homme, p. 302-203, 1990. (in French)
  23. Unión de Asociaciones Ibéricas e Iberoamericanas del Benelux:VIII Jornadas Hispánicas bajo el Patrocinio de Su Alteza Real el Príncipe Bernardo de los Países Bajos (in Spanish)
  24. "Vele Manifestaties Jeugdfestival Velp". Leidsch Dagblad. July 5, 1966. p. 13. Woensdag 17 augustus geeft het Gelders Orkest onder leiding van André Presser een concert voor de deelnemers aan het jeugdfestival. Met medewerking van de pianist Bart Berman worden werken uitgevoerd van Mozart, Ravel (Concert voor de linkerhand), Ton de Leeuw enTsjaikowsky.
  25. Berge-Gerbaud, Maria van; Elisabeth van Boetzelaer; Maartje Verscheure-Nelissen (1993). Institut néerlandais, Paris 1957-1992. Paris: Institut néerlandais. p. 87.
  26. "London Diary for January". The Musical Times. 114 (1570): 1304–1308. 1973. JSTOR 954768.
  27. Historischer Verein für Dortmund und die Grafschaft Mark (1973). Beiträge zur Geschichte Dortmunds und der Grafschaft Mark. Dortmund, Germany: Verlage des Historischen Vereins Dortmund, p. 41. (in German)
  28. "Cultuuragenda: Cobra, Blue Moon en filmfestival" [Cultural organizer: Cobra, Blue Moon and film festival]. De Gelderlander. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2009-11-24. Het Italiaans Instituut in Amsterdam opent zijn nieuwe seizoen op 5 september met een concert door de pianist Bart Berman. Hij zal composities van Domenico Scarlatti spelen. De toegang is vrij.
  29. Fishman, Elly (2002-03-28). "TRG Music Listings | The Reader's Guide Feature | Chicago". Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  30. "Performances" (PDF). Ssusa Newsletter. 2 (2). Schubert Society of the USA. 2004. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2009-12-05. On June 24, pianist Bart Berman performed the Piano Sonata in C Major, D 840("Reliquie"), with his own completions of the 3d and 4th movements, at Northwestern University's Lutkin Hall.
  31. Gottschalk, Achim (2006). "Schlosskonzerte enden mit Bart Berman Archived February 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine." Pressespiegel für Sinzig und Umgebung KW 21. (in German)
  32. "Ein Meister am Flügel" [A Master at the Grand Piano]. General-Anzeiger (in German). 2008-09-23.
  33. "ה"שוברטיאדה": המנגינה לבדה - מוזיקה - גלריה - עכבר העיר". 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  34. Sipkes, Kees (8 December 1956). "Bart Berman – 17-jarige lyceïst schrijft muziek voor toneel" (PDF). Het Vrije Volk (in Dutch). 12 (3542). p. 7. In het begin van dit jaar is door dezelfde groep Breero's Klucht van de Koe opgevoerd, waarbij deze jongeman zijn eerste toneelmuziek componeerde. 'Ik heb geprobeerd, zoals Pijper wel heeft gedaan, een synthese te zoeken tussen oude luitmuziek en moderne muziek. De stukken zijn geschreven voor fluit, klarinet, piano, cello en viool.'
  35. Library of Congress LCCN Permalink for 2003550967. Makhon le-musiḳah Yiśreʾelit. 1981. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13.
  36. "Catalogue VU University Library". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
  37. Gabriel, Hod (February 2009). המאסטרו פרק 3 [The Maestro Chapter 3]. no-R (in Hebrew). Israel. Archived from the original (article and video) on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2011-06-29.
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