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Miguel Kertsman

Lehrgangsleitung / Vortragender - Zentrum für Angewandte Musikforschung

Miguel Kertsman

Trakt N, EG, Raum H0.014 a
+43 (0)2732 893-2578
+43 (0)2732 893-4570

Donau-Universität Krems
Zentrum für Angewandte Musikforschung
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems


Following schooling in Brazil and the United States, Miguel Kertsman attended Berklee College of Music in Boston receiving scholarships and graduating with honors in record time in Music, Production, and Engineering. Further studies included composition with Lithuanian modernist Jeronimas Kačinskas, and Walter Piston’s pupil John Bavicchi; orchestral conducting with Attilio Poto - Arturo Toscanini’s and Serge Koussevitzky’s clarinetist and assistant - at the Boston Conservatory; and composition with Prof. Stanley Wolfe at the Juilliard School in New York.


Kertsman’s compositions and record productions go beyond music genre boundaries encompassing Symphonic, Chamber, and Vocal Music for the Concert Stage, as well as Theater, Jazz, Pop, Electronica, and music for applied media. His Orchestral and Chamber Music works have been performed or recorded in New York, London, Rio de Janeiro, Bonn, Vienna, São Paulo, Linz, Chicago, and at the United Nations by: mezzo soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, guitarist John Williams, Wiener Symphoniker Kammerorchester, London Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor Dennis Russell Davies, flutists Wolfgang Schulz (Vienna Philharmonic), and Marina Piccinini, the Opera Viva Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz, St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, among others. Kertsman’s music has been globally released on CD by Sony Classical, and RCA Victor Group / BMG, and published in print by Universal Edition, Kossack Edition and other companies. His works and/or record productions have been extensively reviewed by the international press, broadcast and featured on the radio across all continents. Production Awards have included a Grammy Award Nomination, and the Cannes Classical Award.


Miguel Kertsman has held executive posts with, or consulted for global record companies and studios in Hamburg, London, New York, Chicago, Vienna, including A&R (Artist and Repertoire), Production, Audio Engineering, Music Technology and Acoustics: Sony Music Entertainment, Kirkegaard Acoustics (Royal Festival Hall London, Carnegie Hall NYC, Bavarian State Opera Munich), RCA Victor Group / BMG, Chesky Records, etc.


Kertsman has served as faculty, artist-in-residence, and curriculum developer at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts College in Chicago, a unit of Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises. He has lectured and held seminars at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, Northwestern University, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, while serving as faculty at the IES Abroad University Consortium - Vienna Center. Kertsman has designed courses and curricula for Danube University Krems for the MA programs in Music for Applied Media and Music Management, serving in the Center for Applied Music Research academic team as faculty while academically directing the Center’s aforementioned Master of Arts programs.


- Publications (Compositions)


Female voice: Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg, Karol Szymanowski, Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Kurt Weill, Ernst Krenek, Wolfgang Rihm, Miguel Kertsman, Universal Edition, Print, 2001

Cantiga de Ninar, Lullaby, Miguel Kertsman, ‎Angelika Kirchschlanger, ‎John Williams, Universal Edition, Warner Music Distribution, Print, 2000

Amazonica, Camerata Catione Antiqua & Angaatanamu, Miguel Kertsman, composer, music director. Sony Classical SK 62882, CD 1997

Rhythmic Fission: Digital Revisions of Classic Trax, RCA Victor Group, BMG, CD 2004

Four Choros and Lullabies for Flute and Piano, Miguel Kertsman, Edition Kossack 20034, Print 2005

Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion, Miguel Kertsman, Edition Kossack 20035, Print 2005

Miguel Kertsman, Early Orchestral Works: Amazonia, Symphonic Poem, Gramola / Naxos Media CD, 2012
In Progress: Miguel Kertsman, Three Concerti and Chamber Symphony Nr. 2, “New York of 50 Doors” London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor . 

- Literary, Scientific, Academic Mentions or Citations


Anold Schoenberg (1874-1951), Nuria Schoenberg Nono, Lawrence A. Schoenberg, Christopher Hailey, Marsilio, 01.01.1996, Pg. 96

The Digital Audio Music List -- The Computer  Music and Digital Audio Series, Howard Ferstler, A-R Editions, 1999, Pg. 246

Deutsch-brasilianische Kulturbeziehungen: Bestandsaufnahme, Herausforderungen, Perspektiven Wolfgang Bader, Band 133 von Bibliotheca Ibero-Americana Vervuert, 2010 , Pg. 139

Musica Nordestina e Musica Medieval – Um Encontro Pos-Moderno, Luiz Pinto Façanha Júnior , Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) \, Campus de São Paulo, Brasil , Pp. 2, 12,13,14,18
UCLA, History 8A Colonial Latin America, Fall 2012, 2013, Course Presentation: Contact – Miguel Kertsman “Caramuru”

Diplomarbeit, Universität Wien. Philologisch Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Ratzinger,Carolin (2013) Miguel Kertsman, BetreuerIn: Allgayer-Kaufmann, Regine

- Lectures

Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki, 2015: Cultural Production
Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts College, Chicago: Fundamentals of Sound and Acoustics, Ear Training for Recording Engineers, Sound and Signal Processing, Sound and Synthesis, Survey of the Music Industry, Music Aesthetics
IES Abroad University Consortium, Vienna Center: Composition, Music Improvisation, Principles of recording, Sound, and Acoustics for Classical Musicians
Northwestern University, School of Music, Composition Class: Music Composition and Production, Colloquium
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: Music Composition in Film and Interactive Media
Klangbilder Messe Wien: Audiophile Music Recording and Production
Rotary Club Wien Stadtpark: Music and Society

Austrian Film Music Day, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: Panel, Fachtalk "Film & Musik": Welche Chancen & Perspektiven bietet das Geschäftsfeld "Interaktive Medien" für Film(musik)schaffende?
Hollywood in Vienna Symposium, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Panel: Orchestral Playing to Click Tracks / Scoring, the Market and Costs
Danube University Krems: Music Aesthetics, Listening and Analysis, Directed Study in Orchestral Composition, Orchestration, Principles of Sound and Acoustics, Methods of Sound Production, Sound Design, Signal Processing and Synthesis, Music Scoring According to Genres and Aesthetics, Survey of the Classical Music Industry, The Meaning of Entrepreneurship for Music Professionals, Music for Film and Applied Media, Global Music Manifestations (part of Music History and Development), Final Course Project and Master Thesis Supervision

- Discography Sample:
Over 300 international record releases (composer, arranger, musician, producer, main artist, producer, recording engineer, mastering engineer)


- Performances (Compositions)
Music Theater / Opera:
“O Saci” Children’s Music Theater:
St. Paul’s at Covent Garden, London 2009
Chicago Parks District, 2011
Dschungel Wien / Museums Quartier, 2012
Bregenz Festpiele, 2013
“Oh Namelose Freude”, Opera Viva, Karajan Center Wien, 2004
The Wandering troubadour, Opera Viva, Zurich Opera. 2004

Orchestral and Chamber Music:
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Miguel Kertsman: Brazilian Serenade, Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York
Chicago Cultural Center, Pianoforte Foundation, Chicago: Ondas Ensemble
Konzerthaus Wien: Kammerorchester de Wiener Symphoniker, Vienna Classical Players
Brucknerhaus: Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies
Bratislava Contemporary Music Festival: Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies
Porgy & Bess Jazz Club, Vienna, 2014,2015
Sao Paulo: Orquestra Sinfonica Estadual de Sao Paulo, Eleazar de Carvalho, Music Director
Rio de Janeiro: Bienal da Musica Contemporanea Brasileira: Orquestra Jovem do Rio de Janeiro
Recife, Belem: Orquestra Sinfonica do Recife, Eugene Egan

- Interviews
Video interview, documentary: Die Welt der Wiener Philharmoniker, “One Season with the Vienna Philharmonic,” Seven Productions, 2007, ORF!/the-world-of-the-wiener-philharmoniker
Berklee College of Music Magazine, Alumni Profile: The Multidimensional Composer, 2013
RFI, Radio France
ORF OE 1 Radio, Austria
Radio Cultura, Brazil
WFMT Classical Radio / NPR, Chicago
WNYC Classical Radio / NPR, New York
Time Out Chicago
Sun Times, Chicago
Audio Magazine
Fanfare Magazine
Wiener Zeitung, Vienna
Bold Magazine, Berlin