Brazilian-American composer Miguel Kertsman, born in Recife in 1965, graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1986 with honours, subsequently continuing conducting studies with Attilio Poto at Boston Conservatory, and composition with Stanley Wolfe at New York’s Juilliard School.
Kertsman’s compositions span music genre boundaries encompassing symphonic, chamber, and vocal music for the concert stage, as well as theatre, experimental, jazz, and electronica. Works have been commissioned, performed, or recorded by artists such as mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, guitarist John Williams, conductor Dennis Russell Davies, and orchestras including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
His music has been globally released or published by Sony Classical, RCA Victor/BMG, Universal Edition and other labels. Miguel Kertsman has designed post-graduate programme curricula and courses in composition, music production and management, holding lectures, masterclasses and colloquia at universities including Danube University, Northwestern University, the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki Arts University, the Janáček Academy, and elsewhere.
In addition to his composition work, as a solo recording artist, Miguel Kertsman’s progressive pieces, experimental releases and unique keyboard playing have also earned him a place on the international scene.