Sessional Lecturer, Trombone
B.A. and B.Mus (Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music), M.Mus (Juilliard)
Music Building 318
Jeremy Berkman has a BA in Economics and a BMus from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music. After receiving his Masters degree from the Juilliard school, and working at the Aspen Music School for several summers, Mr. Berkman came to Canada to study at the Banff Centre, where he developed projects with dancers, actors, film-makers, as well as wonderful musicians. Now a Canadian citizen and BC resident for over twenty years, Jeremy has earned an acclaimed and varied career in musical performance and production. He is Co-Artistic Director and trombonist of Turning Point Ensemble (TPE), and had major roles in the ensemble’s collaborative activity. Currently also the Principal Trombonist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, he makes music with outstanding colleagues in A Touch of Brass Quintet, cellist Peggy Lee’s octet (The Peggy Lee Band), and big bands led by Jesse Cahill (Night Crawlers), John Korsrud (Hard Rubber Orchestra), Fred Stride, and Jill Townsend. He has contributed to over 25 recordings, which include five with the Peggy Lee Band (PLB), and with PLB he has toured nationally and internationally. He commissioned, recorded, and toured fellow TPE Co-Artistic Director Owen Underhill’s Trombone Quintet with Montreal’s Bozzini String Quartet, with the recording (Still Image) and composition nominated for 2012 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Jeremy was honoured with Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award (Music) for his leadership and contributions to Vancouver’s musical communities. Mr. Berkman is a sessional instructor of trombone and chamber music coach at UBC, and enjoys working with young musicians as they open the wonderful windows to the world that music offers. Jeremy lives in Vancouver with his wife Sheila and son Augwin.