A native of Syracuse, New York, David Berry’s performances have been featured in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the UW World Series at the University of Washington, as well as live broadcasts of WQXR (New York City). As a performer of new music, he has worked with or premiered works by a number of noted composers, including James Lee III, Jeffery Scott (Imani Winds) and grammy-award winning composer Jennifer Higdon. David was a featured soloist in the Juilliard School’s Focus Festival, All About Elliott, celebrating the 100th birthday of Elliott Carter, and was also featured in piano series’ hosted by author David Dubal at the Kosciusko Foundation and the Cervantes Institute. David was Grand Prize Winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, as well as a prizewinner in the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition.
An avid chamber musician, David has collaborated with members of many of the nation’s leading orchestras, including the New Jersey, Houston, St. Louis, Dallas, and Seattle symphonies. He has toured and regularly concertized as a resident member of the Jacksonville Florida-based, Ritz Chamber Players, the New York City-based Harlem Chamber Players, and the innovative chamber music theater group, The Core Ensemble.
David received his Bachelor of Music with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music, and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance from the Juilliard School where he was a recipient of the C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship and Susan W. Rose Piano Scholarship. David’s piano teachers have included Martin Canin, Douglas Humpherys, and George Skafidas, with collaborative piano studies under Russell Miller and chamber music studies under Seymour Lipkin, Jacob Lateiner, and Jonathan Feldman.
David is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Mennonite University and is the incoming president of the Harrisonburg Music Teachers Association/Piano Teachers Forum. He also serves as a member of the artistic planning committee and as Coordinator of Chamber Music for the Gateways Music Festival at the Eastman School of Music.