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Marcel Bergmann: Biography

Marcel Bergmann
1965 -
Region: British Columbia

Marcel Bergmann

For the last 20 years, Marcel has enjoyed an active musical career as a composer, performer, improviser and teacher. He has been involved as composer and musical director in a variety of theatre, cabaret and multimedia projects. The BavarianTelevision, Arte and other European broadcasting corporations, have broadcast his music for television features. In 2004, he was a composer-in- residence for Calgary Opera’s Let’s create an Opera programme.

In December 2005, Marcel’s Urban Pulse for two pianos was premiered as the commissioned work for The 10th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition (past commissioned composers included Morton Gould, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom and John Corigliano). His music appears on the Canadian National Conservatory’s series Making Tracks- An Expedition in Canadian Piano Music. He has been commissioned by various organizations including the CBC, the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, the Spiritus Chamber Choir, and the San Francisco International Music Festival.

Requiem for a Lost Girl - a chamber musical about homelessness -was premiered at the 2010 High Performance Rodeo in Calgary and, in July 2012, it was selected to be part of the New York Music Theatre Festival. Most recently, the Bergmann Duo gave the highly successful premiere of Marcel’s new Concerto for two pianos with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.

Marcel has been on faculty at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary. From 2009-2013, he was Professor of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ont. and is currently Associate Artistic Director of White Rock Concerts as well as Director of Program Advancement at the Langley Community Music School.

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