On Sunday, January 24, seven rising-star composers will travel to Minneapolis to begin their participation in the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, where they’ll spend a week learning about the art and business of composing from inside an orchestra. After four days of sessions with musicians, music director, librarians, artistic staff and industry pros, they’ll each experience a thrilling moment: a performance of their music, led by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra, before a cheering crowd at Orchestra Hall. Audiences will experience the full force of seven creative, distinct musical voices writing new music for today’s symphony orchestra.
As we prepare for the composers’ arrival, here is a peek at who they are, what influences them and what you can expect from their music.
Meet Nick DiBerardino
Hometown: Westport, CT
Why did you decide to become a composer?
I've been drawn to music since I was very young, but it wasn't until the middle of college that I decided to pursue composition as my life's work. On one level I chose composition because I found it incredibly engaging, challenging and viscerally fulfilling. However, I ultimately decided to become a composer because this path offers the possibility of sharing moments of beauty and meaning with others. If my music leaves even one person feeling inspired, then I think it's worth all the effort!
What are you most excited to do or learn during the Composer Institute?
This is my first opportunity to work with a professional orchestra, so I'm eager to learn as much as I can from Maestro Vänskä and Minnesota's fabulous instrumentalists. Their perspectives are informed by countless hours of dedication and experience, and I'm excited to hear their feedback about how I might continue to fine-tune my orchestral voice.
In five words or less, describe the piece that you will be sharing with Minnesota Orchestra.
Lyrical, vivid; an exotic journey.
Hear Nick’s piece,“Asphodel” which will be performed at the Future Classics concert:
What else should Minnesota Orchestra audiences know about you?
If I couldn't be a composer, I think I'd want to be an astrophysicist. Can you imagine exploring the deepest mysteries of the cosmos as your day job? I think a lot of my music responds to my sense of wonder about the world and the universe.
Listen to Nicks’s “A Compo Sunrise”, a chamber work for clarinet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin, and double bass: