Biography

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, David Berezan 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.

Berezan has been awarded prizes in a number of competitions, including the Concours international de musique Électroacoustique de Bourges (France, 2002), Concorso Internazionale “Luigi Russolo” di musica elettroacustica (Italy, 2002), Radio Magyar (Hungary, 2001), CIMESP — Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo (Brazil, 2003, 05), L’espace du son (Belgium, 2002) and JTTP — Jeu de temps / Times Play (Canada, 2000). 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 for the Arts (Canada, 2000, 07), ZKM’s Institut für Musik und Akustik (Germany, 2007), GRM — Groupe de recherches musicales (France, 2007), IMEB — Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France, 2007), Elektronisches Studio Basel (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.