Bjorn Berkhout

Composer and Cellist


Dr. Berkhout received his Doctorate in Composition in 2003 at Northwestern University where he was awarded the Faricy Award for Creative Music. He’s also an active cellist, having received his Masters Degree in Cello Performance from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Berkhout was awarded 2nd Prize in the 2006 Gustav Mahler Composition Contest for his work Eclipse, which was premiered July 27th in Viktring, Austria by the Janus Ensemble Vienna. In 2004 he was the winner of the Omaha Symphony Guild’s International Composition Contest for his work REM, a Lucid Dream Fantasy for solo cello and two chamber orchestras, which was premiered by the Omaha Symphony in 2005. His work Zapstar was one of six works selected from over 230 submissions for the ALEA III 2003 International Composers Contest and his composition Visual Sound, which had its premier in Amsterdam, was nominated for the Gaudeamus Prize 2000.

Twice he was selected as a semi-finalist for the prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize.  He has received attention at many national and international festivals including June in Buffalo, Music Ninety-Eight in Cincinnati, the Gaudeamus Festival in Amsterdam, and the New Music Symposium 2001 at the Domaine Forget in Canada.

Dr. Berkhout currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Queensborough Community College, part of the CUNY system.


New on CD: Glitz and Running Towards Empty released on Souvenirs, a new CD by artist Matthew Coley

Running on Empty (for percussion sextet) is now available for purchase with Edition Svitzer

Also available  from Edition Svitzer: Fugue on a Chromatic Subject for Marimba

Check out my 2 part interview on Contrabass Conversations hosted by Jason Heath

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