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Prof David Berezan - personal details

Contact details

Role: Professor in Electroacoustic Music, Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studios

Tel: 0161 275-8981

Location: Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama-1.002 ELECTROACOUSTIC STUDIOS
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




David Berezan is Composer, Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studios and MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) and Professor at the University of Manchester. After completing a BA in History (1988) at the University of Calgary, a Diploma in Composition (1996) at Grant MacEwan College (Edmonton) and a MMus in Composition (2000) at the University of Calgary, he moved to the UK and completed a PhD in Electroacoustic Composition (2003) at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Jonty Harrison.

He has composed works for solo instruments and ensembles, electronics and instruments, solo electronics, and collaborative interdisciplinary work, but his primary focus is acousmatic music. He is also a practitioner and proponent of sound diffusion performance and the interpretation of fixed-media work.

David Berezan has been awarded in the Bourges (France, 2002), Luigi Russolo (Italy, 2002), Radio Magyar (Hungary, 2001), São Paulo (Brazil, 2003, ’05), L’espace du son (Belgium, 2002) and JTTP (Canada, 2000) competitions. In addition to frequent concert performances of his work, his music has been broadcasted on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) as well as the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).

He has worked in residence in the studios of The Banff Centre of the Arts (Canada, 2000, 07), ZKM’s Institut für Musik und Akustik (Germany, 2007), GRM (France, 2007), IMEB (France, 2007), ESB (Switzerland, 2005), and Tamagawa University (Japan, 2007).

In 2003, he was appointed Lecturer and Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studios at the University of Manchester (UK) and he founded MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) to regularly present and perform electroacoustic music, using a custom-designed multiple-loudspeaker sound diffusion system, in a series of concerts and festivals in Manchester, the UK and beyond. The Novars Research Centre for Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound Art was created in 2007 as the focal point for this activity.


His work is published by Empreintes DIGITALes (Montreal, Canada).