Nick DiBerardino

Director of Composition Studies and Ensemble 20/21

Nick DiBerardino

Composer Nick DiBerardino is noted for creating “richly textured, multilayered” sound worlds (Minnesota Star Tribune) that tell fantastical tales. He has written music about everything from failed flying machines and particle physics to Walt Whitman and tall glasses of beet juice. 

A Rhodes Scholar, Mr. DiBerardino has received commissions from numerous artists and institutions, including Symphony Tacoma, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the New College Choir, arx duo, Sandbox Percussion, The Brass Project, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, and saxophonist Matthew Levy. Residencies include those for the Intimacy of Creativity Festival at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and Luzerne Music Center. His works have been performed around the world by the American Composers Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, Aizuri Quartet, Contemporaneous, So Percussion, and the Israeli Chamber Project; and artists Tony Arnold, Tara O’Connor, Danny Phillips, Steven Copes, Sonora Slocum, and Priscilla Lee, among many others.

Mr. DiBerardino founded England’s first laptop orchestra, OxLOrk, and has designed several collaborative composition intiatives, including a children’s opera composed with students at Girard College and a worshop series for people living with Alzheimer’s disease, created in partnership with the Penn Memory Center.

Mr. DiBerardino holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, an M.Phil with distinction from the University of Oxford, a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, and a post-baccalaureate diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, all in composition. He is currently a PhD candidate at Princeton University.

Mr. DiBerardino joined the musical studies faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018 and began his current position in 2021. He previously served as lead instructor of musical studies, composition coordinator, and administrator for Curtis’s Young Artist Summer Program, duties he currently performs for the Sphinx Performance Academy.