Described as a “valiant proponent” of newly composed music by San Diego Union Tribune, Berk’s curated performances focus on curious distances between musical material and emotion, lending towards resonant experiences that invite post-concert reflection. These experiences are accentuated via the use of electronics and nurtured by deeply collaborative engagements with gifted composers and performers.
Recent Solo & Ensemble Performances:
Passionate Voices, “Frozen Grief” for Trombone and Orchestra Written by 2022 Nee Commission Winner Sang Song and performed with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra & Chorus under the direction of Jeffery Malecki. Mandeville Auditorium, La Jolla CA USA
Georges Bizet: Carmen, Pacific Lyric Association Inc., California Center for the Arts Escondido, CA USA 10.14/15/16.2022, Joan B. Kroc Theatre San Diego, CA USA 10.21/22/23.2022
Cabaret (6 weekly shows), Cygnet Theatre, San Diego USA
Palimpsest Ensemble Erin Graham, Edgard Varèse, Chou Wen-chung, and Iannis Xenakis, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, La Jolla CA USA
Pacific Lyric Association & Chorus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem Ritz Theater Escondido, CA USA
International solo tour (USA/Mexico) “Night & Day” with premieres of “Catch” (2022) by Erin Graham, “SEG” (2021) by Sang Song, Mike Svoboda’s “Music for Trombone, Piano, and Percussion” and collaborative improvisations using live graphic scores, binaural microphones, and AI technology in works Ilha Grande (2021-22) by Berk Schneider, Nasim Khorassani, and Open Improv (2021-22) with Doug Osmun. UC San Diego Conrad Prebys Music Center & Instalaciones de la Facultad de Artes de la UABC Ensenada. Guest artists: Shaoai Zhang, Piano; Michael Jones, Percussion; Joseph Bourdeau, Percussion.
Romantic Gems, Fanfare from La Péri by Dukas, Dvořák Symphony No. 8, Cello Concerto No.1 by Saint-Saens, Poway Symphony Orchestra and Music Director John LoPiccolo, Poway Center For The Performing Arts, Poway CA USA
2020-2021 Solo appearances including Franco Donatoni, Scaglie: due pezzi per trombone and Berio, "Sequenza V"; Alvin Lucier, Orpheus Variations & Glacier Performed by Charles Curtis, Abigail Levine, Dancers at Issue Project Room Brooklyn, New York City; Wilfrido Terrazas, The Torres Cycle, New Focus Recordings; Neofonía Festival de Música Nueva, Ensenada 2021 guest masterclasses in brass pedagogy and extended techniques; recorded 12 new chamber works for violin, clarinet, trombone, and percussion in collaboration with the Analysis, Creation, and Teaching of Orchestration (ACTOR) partnership in collaboration with Miller Puckette, Martha de Francisco, Roger Reynolds, Rand Steiger, and Anthony Burr. Founder of The Musician’s Auditory Perception Project, featuring remote concert series and seminars in response to the Covid-19 pandemic’s crippling effect on live music performance. Concerts premiered collaborative compositions featuring Jeanne Côté, Pedram Diba, Sang Song, Peter Ko, and Tiange Zhou; research presented at International symposiums at McGill and New York Universities, including the Analysis, Creation, and Teaching of Orchestration Partnership (ACTOR) and Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM); the “Music is Back” celebration, Berlioz: Roman Carnival, Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Frederick Moyer, The Poway Symphony Orchestra and Music Director John LoPiccolo.
Previous Solo & Ensemble Performances
2019 Concept recital entitled “Imposter Syndrome” featuring soprano Barbara Byers, flutist Alexander Ishov, and compositions by Nicholas Deyoe, Beat Furrer, Vinko Globokar, Berk Schneider, Sang Song, and Johannes Staud; chamber music concerts featuring works by Jacques Zafra, Nathaniel Haering, and Stephen de Filippo. Solo trombone for Rand Steiger’s “Ecosphere” with Palemsest Ensemble and maestro Steven Schick; premiere of “Cantus” by Alex Stephenson; composer and improviser for Lei Liang’s “Hearing Seascapes” seminar and concert series; Stockhausen, Yelm and BlueRail events at UC San Diego.
2018 German tours of compositions by Anton Weber and Mathias Spahlinger, including performances at Berliner Festspiele/Musikfest with Ensemble Modern under the direction Enno Poppe at The Berliner Philharmonie; Gordon Kampe’s ‘Kannst Du Pfeifen, Johanna’ with Staatstheater Mainz; Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel “Ein Käfig voller Narren"; performances at Alte Oper Frankfurt with Playsonic Festival and Ensemble Modern; european tour with Ulysses Ensemble, featured in Gaudeamus Muziekweek Utrecht under the direction of Lucas Vis. Mobile Beats Ensemble 2018 Residency at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf as part of chamber music series "Lange Nacht der Neuen Musik". Premiering works by Valentin Ruckebier “une chose légère et nocturne” others; Hessischer Rundfunk radio broadcast of radio drama “Sodom und Gomorrha” with Ensemble Modern; Donaueschinger Musiktage: Das Festival für Neue Musik in SWR2; Pascal Dusapin and Frankfurter Positionen “Lullaby Experience”; Orchestr Frankfurt-Praha, Leos Janacek; Das Kur-Sinfonieorchester Bad Nauheim Neujahrskonzert im Stile der Wiener Philharmoniker 2018 in der Trinkkuranlage Bad Nauheim and recording projects.
2017 Ulrich Rasche’s theatrical drama “Sieben gegen Theben/Antigone” with actor Alexander Fehling at Frankfurt’s historic Bockenheimer Depot; German tour of Gerhart Hauptmann and Matthias Redlhammer’s “Rose Bernd” with Schauspiel Frankfurt; orchestral and chamber music performances at Darmstadt Summer Course, Cresc Biennale Frankfurt, Klangspuren Festival Schwaz, Kurt Weill Festival with Ensemble Modern. “Music for a scientific evening” collaboration between Berk Schneider and violinist Jeff Young at Atelier Frankfurt. Commercial recordings for Porsche. Mobile Beats Ensemble 2017 Residency at Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf as part of chamber music series "Lange Nacht der Neuen Musik". Premiering works by Valentin Ruckebier “Skull With Its Lyric Appendage” and others; Initiative November 9th eV, Konzert in der Reihe BunkerRaumKlang solo program featuring “Basta” by Folk Rabe. Ensemble Zeitfluss on tour in Austria/Croatia with Luigi Nono’s “Canti per 13” and works by Yulan Yu, Antonis Rouvelas, Peter Lackner, and Margareta Ferek-Petric.
2016 Solo appearances during Studio Libeskind's "One day in Life" concert series in Frankfurt, performing Berio's "Sequenza V"; tour performances throughout Graz and Vienne, including Gerald Resch’s “Antipoden” for solo trombone and ensemble under the direction of Edo Micic with ensemble Zeitlfuss, among other works by Daniel Moser, Elisabeth Harnik and Tristan Murail; Mobile Beats Ensemble debut at Darmstadt Summer Course performing Furrer, "Linea dell' orizzonte" among other works; theatrical rendition of Iannis Xenakis, Phlegra at the Frankfurt LAB with director Heiner Goebbels. Klangspuren Schwaz 2016 Tyrolean Festival of New Music with performances of Bernhard Gander and Simon Steen-Andersen under the direction of Enno Poppe; Hessischer Rundfunk radio premiere of “Ka” by Hakan Ulus; “Schwankungen am Rand” with Helmut Lachenmann, Brad Lubman, and Ensemble Modern at the Frankfurt LAB and Ernst Krenek at Kurt Weill Festival, Dessau; Mobile Beats Ensemble at Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe and German tours, Performances of “Surrogate” by Heiner Goebbels, “Périodes” by Gérard Grisey, alongside other works by Edgard Varése, Anton Webern, Georgia Koumará, Sascha Dragicevic, Francisco Goldschmidt, Andreas Dohmen, and Yair Klartag, including “Aus Weißen Listen” by Nicolaus Richter De Vroe.
2015 Premiere of Gandari Dance Opera with Ensemble Modern Academy; German tours with International Ensemble Modern Academy; solo tour in Guayaquil and Zaruma, Ecuador; Leopold Mozart, Alto Trombone Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra of the Republic of France College in Guayaquil Ecuador; additional chamber music performances in Guayaquil and Zaruma featuring Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cello Suites and works by Antonín Dvořák; Co-Founder of Symphonic Brass of Houston, organizer of debut concert at Strake Jesuit Preparatory under direction of Jerry Hou.
2014 Klangspuren Schwaz 2014 Tyrolean Festival of New Music with performances of Anton Weber, Wolfgang Reim, and Vinko Globokar under the direction of Brad Lubman; Napa Valley Music Festival Orchestra with artistic director Ming Luke.
2013 Select performances with All That Echoes the World Tour — Josh Groban’s sixth studio album, All That Echoes, the tour performed over 60 shows in Australasia, Europe and North America; Texas Brass Ensemble; Two Star Symphony “Heart Chamber Orchestra”; freelance trombonist and teacher in Houston, Texas.
2012 Performances of Shostakovich Symphony 11, Also Sprach Zarathustra, Sibelius among others with the Rice Shepherd School of Music Symphony Orchestra under the direction of late Maestro Larry Rachleff and Jerry Hou; 12-city China tour after a residency at Chongqing Academy of Arts and Sciences under the leadership of GRAMMY award winning conductor Jose Serebrier. Tour included performances of Beethoven, Berlioz, Dvořák, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky with musicians Leon Spierer, Mauro Maur, and Michael Webster at the Guangzhou Opera House. Recital performances featuring Norman Bolter, “Morning Walk”, “Barcarolle et Chanson” by Jules Semler-Collery, “Sonata for Bassoon and Cello” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, “Catch” by Kevin Dee, among others; successful audition for 2-year substitute appointment with the Houston Symphony; Principal Trombone, Brazosport Symphony Orchestra.
2011 International performances in Quito, Ecuador; orchestral and Chamber music concerts were given, including the premiere of a new solo composition by Seung-Ah Oh entitled “Procession”, written for and commissioned by The Conservatorio Superior Nacional De Música Orquestra. Ferdinand David’s Concerto and Ryan Lester’s composition “Pink to Blue” performed during a recital for the students of the Quito’s National Conservatory; Charles Halka, Six Miniatures for Brass Quintet at the Orange Show in Houston, Texas; recording of Authur Gottschaulk’s “Heavy Metal” by the Shepherd Brass Quintet; Trombone Quartet Competition, International Trombone Association, Honorable Mention
2010 International tours, including Carnegie Hall with Valery Gergiev and Ravel’s Bolero as well as concerts featuring Julian Rachlin, Joshua Bell, and Carlos Miguel Prieto to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The World Economic Forum. Performed 24 concerts on tour across Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil, under the batons of Carlos Miguel Prieto and Dante Anzolini featuring Joshua Bell and Philip Glass; two concerts in Santo Domingo’s Teatro Nacional as 2010 Cultural Capital of the Americas; recital performances include Henri Tomasi’s Trombone Concerto, Bernhard Krol’s Capriccio da camera, Opus 35., and Pictures at An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky; Lewis Van Haney Philharmonic Prize Tenor Trombone Competition, International Trombone Association, Honorable Mention.
2009 The VIII Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra directed by Helmuth Rilling. Performances at Vatican City, performing Mozart under the direction of Helmuth Rilling for Pope Benedict XVI. West coast tour with Mahler’s first symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall; served as Principal Trombone for Beethoven Symphony No. 5, Brahms Symphonies No. 1 & 2, Mahler No. 2, Rossini, La Gazza Ladra among others; recital performances include Frank Martin’s “Ballade For Trombone”, Bernhard Krol’s “Sinfonia Sacra”, Emmet Yoshioka’s “Extase”, Robert Erickson’s “General Speech” among others; Bass Trombone for Firelands Symphony under the direction of maestro Carl Topilow; Robert Marsteller Tenor Trombone Competition, International Trombone Association, Finalist
2008 International orchestral tours in Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay featuring pianist Nelson Freire and cellist Antonio Meneses under the direction of Carlos Miguel Prieto and Marcelo Lehninger with guest artists Nelson Freire, Antonio Meneses, and composer Marlos Nobre; performances of Olivier Messiaen with Robert Spano at Aspen Music Festival and Timothy Weiss at Oberlin Conservatory; performances with Aspen Music Festival Orchestra; substitute trombone for Akron, Canton, and Youngstown Symphonies.