“Music is a supreme form of human and spiritual communication bringing the world and people together. It is about what one feels, and wants or needs to share with others -- it is a wonderful synergy. I write what I hear and what is being communicated to me, or what I wish to communicate. It can be a completely textural, abstract, de-constructed, or chaotic piece today, or a gentle simple song tomorrow. Music has always been universal to me, knowing no borders, nationalities, genres, styles or labels, none of which matters. It is cosmic.”
Brazilian-American Composer, Miguel Kertsman, personifies the meaning of universal. Born in Recife, Brazil in 1965 raised in a home of Central-European tradition, he has lived and worked in several countries. He received his formal music education at the Pernambuco State Conservatory of Music in Brazil, and at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA receiving scholarships and incentive awards, and graduating in record time with honors. He also studied conducting with Arturo Toscanini’s protégé, Mo. Attilio Poto, at the Boston Conservatory, composition with Béla Bartók’s pupil, Jeronimas Kacinkas at Berklee, and with Prof. Stanley Wolfe at the Juilliard School in New York.
Kertsman’s works are performed, and heard on the radio worldwide (USA, Europe, Australia, Brazil, Asia) including specials and interviews; and on concert stages in New York, London, Vienna, Rio de Janeiro, Chicago, Zurich, Sao Paulo, Bonn, and others. His music has been released by major record labels (Sony Classical, RCA Victor Group), and published in print (Universal Edition). Artists such as mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, guitarist John Williams, conductor Dennis Russell Davies, flutists Wolfgang Schulz, Marina Piccinini, and Erwin Klambauer, the Ahn Trio, bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann, among others, and several orchestras and ensembles have performed or recorded his compositions.
It is not difficult to understand why audiences everywhere find his music appealing – Kertsman’s inspiration comes from, in his own words, “all sounds around us” – from the widest range of musical paths including Brazilian folklore, Viennese waltzes, Hungarian dances, Western Traditional Concert Music, American Jazz, Fusion, Experimental, the “Avant-Garde,” Rock… As he says, “music from around the globe, and beyond.”
“We musicians are lucky people, and at the same time charged with a difficult task, since earning one’s keep making music is no simple matter. Making music, thus communicating synergistically with fellow human beings and sharing is our way to celebrate what we have been given, and hopefully in the process modestly contribute to make our world a better place, and help others with the gift of music.”
As a footnote to his work as Composer, Kertsman is an active musician, educator, music producer, and audio engineer having produced numerous international record releases of critical acclaim including award-winning recordings, and worked with or consulted for record labels, colleges, universities and concert halls including among several others Sony, EMI, BMG, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, Chicago, Berklee College of Music, Boston, Kirkegaard Acoustics, The Academy at Carnegie Hall, New York, Royal Festival Hall, London, Bavarian State Opera, Munich.
For more information on Miguel Kertsman, please visit www.miguelkertsmancomposer.com/bio