Music is a supreme form of human and spiritual communication bringing the world and people together. It is about what one feels, wants or needs to share with others. Genres, styles, borders, periods are irrelevant. Music is universal.
Following schooling in Brazil and the United States, composer Miguel Kertsman attended Berklee College of Music in Boston receiving scholarships, the Oscar Peterson Jazz Masters Award, and graduating with honors in record time in 1986. Further studies included orchestral conducting with Mo. Attilio Poto at the Boston Conservatory, and composition with Prof. Stanley Wolfe at the Juilliard School, New York.
Kertsman’s compositions and record productions span the boundaries of music genres encompassing Symphonic, Chamber, and Vocal Music for the Classical Concert Stage, Theater, Jazz, Pop, Electronica, and music for film and media.
His Symphonic, Chamber Music, and Vocal works have been performed or recorded by international artists such as mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, guitarist John Williams, Vienna Philharmonic flutist Wolfgang Schulz, the Vienna Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conductor Dennis Russell Davies, Bruckner Orchester Linz, St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra London, São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra, The Ahn Trio, Ondas Ensemble, and others, at venues including St. Paul’s at Covent Garden London, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall New York, Konzerthaus Vienna, Bruckner Hall Linz, Chicago Cultural Center, Teatro Cecilia Meireles Rio de Janeiro, Bregenz Opera Festival, etc.
Miguel’s compositions have been globally released or published by Sony Classical, RCA Victor/BMG, and Universal Edition.
He has worked with, as keyboardist, arranger, or produced other artists ranging from Classical Music — flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Solisti New York, Bernhard Klee, The Ahn Trio, Ars Antiqua Austria, Historical Reissue Editions: Leonard Bernstein, Glenn Gould, Bruno Walter, Vladimir Horowitz, etc. — to Electronica, Dance Music and Jazz, Pop/Rock records – Guitarist Badi Assad, DJ’s David Morales and Frankie Knuckles, Tom Tom Club, ABC, India, Rhythmic Fission, United House Nations, etc.
Kertsman has worked with companies such as Sony Classical, RCA Victor Group / BMG, Chesky Records, EMI, etc. whilst holding posts with labels and studios including: A&R Director, Managing Director, and Chief Engineer, and consulting on music technology and acoustics with clients such as Sony Corp., Kirkegaard Acoustics (Royal Festival Hall London, Carnegie Hall NY, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, and others.)
As educator, Kertsman has helped design the curriculum for the new Master of Arts Program in Music for Applied Media at the Danube University where he serves as Faculty and co-directs the Music Management and Music for Applied Media M.A. Programs. He has served as Recording Arts Faculty and Artist-in-Residence at Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy (a unit of Robert de Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises) holding lectures, and seminars at universities such as Northwestern University, The Sibelius Academy and Arts University in Helsinki, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, IES Abroad University Consortium, and others.
A multi-continental career has produced numerous recording projects including Grammy-nominated and Award-winning records of Orchestral, Chamber, Early, Vocal, World Music, Jazz, and Pop.
Miguel Kertsman has held record label posts as:
- Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Executive
- Managing Director,
- Chief Engineer.
Consulting efforts include Academic / Curriculum Development for Universities, High-End / Audiophile Audio Research and Development, and Music Technology Facilities including acoustical spaces.
Clients have included:
- Sony Classical
- RCA Victor Group
- Chesky Records, New York
- Quintessential Sound
- NY, EMI Classics
- Sanctuary Music Group, UK, Circa / Virgin Records, UK
- Vox Music Group
- Kirkegaard Acoustics including Bavarian State Opera, Munich
- Royal Festival Hall, London
- Carnegie Hall, New York
- Berklee College of Music Boston, and many others.