Location: Nebraska, USA
JACKSON BERKEY • COMPOSER ~ PIANIST ~ TEACHER
Jackson Berkey’s published catalog offers over 400 titles encompassing choral, solo vocal and instrumental, chamber ensemble, band and orchestral works, as well as concerti and works for chorus and orchestra. Premières of commissions have taken place in America and abroad on university campuses and concert stages and by professional musicians and massed children’s choirs. He’s also had five choir/orchestra premieres at Carnegie Hall in New York. Other recent premières include his Organ Concerto, Conversations for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, and Suite for Two Pianos. Awards and honors come from the Midwest, First Prize in the New Music for Young Ensembles Composition Contest in New York City, First Prize at the Alienor Harpsichord Competition in Hilton Head (NC), and award-winning video scores.
Best-known nationally as a pianist and recording artist, Jackson celebrates 37 years as featured keyboardist with Mannheim Steamroller. In the classical world, his recordings for American Gramaphone and SDG Records continue to elicit rave reviews.
In another grand endeavor, Jackson is composing 24 Nocturnes, one in each key. His work shows great respect and connections to Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Barber, and Copland. As a “21st Century Romantic” Jackson has developed his own writing style with beautiful and soaring melodies, exciting and driving rhythms, and lush vertical sonorities. Berkey’s newest piano solos reveal his deep maturity as pianist and consummate composer.
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