Jonathan Berger

Jonathan Berger

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Department of Music
Stanford, California 94305-3076

The Denning Family Provostial Professor

Department of Music


Jonathan Berger’s “dissonant but supple” (New York Times) compositions integrate science and human experience, i.e. what does a cancer cell or golf swing sound like? And why does a song make us cry? Berger is the Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music at Stanford University, where he teaches composition, music theory, and cognition at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He was the founding co-director of the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SICA, now the Stanford Arts Institute) and founding director of Yale University’s Center for Studies in Music Technology. Referred to as “lush and inviting” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Berger’s music ranges from vocal, orchestral, and chamber works to electroacoustic constructions. He was featured as composer-in-residence at Spoleto Festival USA (2010) with a version of the harrowing and chilling Theotokia (written for Dawn Upshaw), based on Berger’s recent research into auditory hallucinations. His chamber opera, Visitations, premiered in April and will be performed in New York and Boston this season.  Livia Sohn’s performance of his violin concerto, Jiyeh, paired with that of Benjamin Britten, was released in June on Harmonia Mundi’s Eloquentia label.

DMA, Stanford University

Artist Diploma, The Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music,

M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts; D

Recent awards and fellowships include, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation,  ASCAP, Chamber Music America, The  Rockefeller Foundation.

  • Cognitive and neuroscientific bases of music