Hamilton Berry

HAMILTON BERRY is a musical omnivore whose appetites have led him to play in a wide variety of styles and settings. As a participant in Carnegie Hall’s “Porous Borders of Music” workshop in 2006, he performed Edgar Meyer’s Cello-Bass Duo with the composer in Zankel Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Macon Symphony Orchestra and the Columbia University Bach Society. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Donald Weilerstein, Antony Marwood, Joseph Silverstein, Timothy Lees, Maria Lambros, Barbara Westphal, Michael Kannen, and Timothy Eddy. In the realm of period performance, he has participated in master classes given at Juilliard by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, and has coached with baroque cellist Phoebe Carrai. His continuo credits include Juilliard’s production of the Cavalli opera La Doriclea and the New York Philharmonic Insights Concert “The Genius of the Brandenburgs.” He has appeared at the Yellow Barn, Sarasota, Banff, and Orford music festivals, and also at the International Baroque Institute at Longy. Runner-up in the 2007 Juilliard Concerto Competition, he has participated in master classes given by Laurence Lesser, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Jordi Savall, and in chamber music coachings with Fred Sherry, Joseph Kalichstein, Seymour Lipkin, and Earl Carlyss.

Outside the realm of classical music, Berry’s collaboration with indie-rock sensations Vampire Weekend has resulted in recent appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with Conan O’Brien. Always eager to compose and improvise, he has seen original works performed by the New York ensemble counter)induction, and has appeared with improvising saxophonist Ritwik Banerji.

Berry recently completed his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School as a student of Timothy Eddy, he received his B.A. in English from Columbia University in 2007. Past teachers include Felix Wang, Grace Bahng, and Anne Williams.

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