Alex Berko

Composer, 2017

Fascinated by the art of story telling, Alex Berko often writes music that combines cinematic elements with a uniquely and widely influenced harmonic pallet, containing a strong emotional narrative. Berko (b. 1995) is an American composer, pianist, and arranger whose music has been performed in Asia, Canada and throughout the United States.

Berko’s music has been performed and recorded by members of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Del Sol String Quartet, NOTUS Contemporary Ensemble, and Indiana University’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble I, among many others. His music has been heard at the Green Music Center, the American Choral Directors Association Central Division Conference, the Jazz Education Network Conference, Atlantic Music Festival, RED NOTE New Music

Festival, BGSU New Music Festival, NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Institute, California Summer Music Festival, and Interlochen Arts Camp as well as on Cleveland (OH) and Bloomington (IN) Public Radio. He has received recognition from ASCAP/SCI (Three-time ASCAP Morton Gould Finalist; SCI Commission Competition Award), BMI (Finalist), the American Choral Directors Association (Brock Memorial Award), the Cleveland Institute of Music (Carl E. Baldassarre Award), and the Minnesota Orchestra Composer’s Institute (Honorable Mention), among others.

Berko currently attends Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music pursuing a BM in composition with an outside concentration in piano and entrepreneurship. He received extensive training at the Cleveland Institute of Music pre- college division with Keith Fitch (composition) and Sandra Shapiro (piano). Primary teachers at Indiana include David Dzubay, Claude Baker, Aaron Travers, Don Freund (composition) and Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Edmund Battersby (piano). Berko is a member of ASCAP.

For more information about Alex, check out his website.

Alex Berko – Comedy Club
for clarinet, oboe, horn, piano, tuba