“Spotlight on Award-Winning Students,” a Free Gala Concert

March 20th, 2014

May 3 2014 Poster invert for eventbriteThe Nelly Berman School of Music will present a free Community Concert featuring award- winning students on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM in the Radnor Middle School Auditorium. The concert will present a number of outstanding scholarship students who, through their talent and hard work, have reached an extremely high level of musical achievement. Our scholarship program allows these dedicated and deserving students extra time with their teachers, making it possible for them to delve more profoundly into the intricate texture of music and bring it to the highest level possible.

One of these students is Melody Yu, an eleven-year-old pianist who started her extraordinary musical journey at the age of five and a half. At seven, she was already practicing up to three hours a day and winning one competition after another. Now, she has just won the Junior Division of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Concerto Competition as well as the first prize at the 5th International Chopin Competition.

The Annual Gala celebration will also honor Susan Starr, Elena Berman’s first teacher in the United States. She is a Philadelphia native who rocked the classical music world when, at the age of 19 she traveled to Moscow, USSR, during the Cold War, and won the silver medal of the Tchaikovsky Competition, a citadel of Russian and world-level classical music competitions. Click here to read more…

Congratulations to Melody Yu, 1st Prize Winner in the children’s division of the 2014 Greenfield Competition!

January 10th, 2014

MelodyThe Nelly Berman School of Music would like to send a big congratulations to Melody Yu, age 11, who won first prize in the final round of the children’s division of the Greenfield Competition of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  This is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world, and was originally formed as the Philadelphia Orchestra Student Concerto Competition in  1933 under Leopold Stokowski. The final round of the competition was held on Tuesday, March 18th,  at 2PM at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in center city Philadelphia.  More information can be found here: http://www.philorch.org/albert-m-greenfield-student-competition.

Melody has been a student at the Nelly Berman School since age 5, when she first began studying here with Nelly Berman.  Since her studies with Nelly, she has taken lessons with Dr. Igor Resnianski, and is now a student of Anna Kislytsina and Maxim Mogilevsky. She takes two, one hour lesson per week to supplement her four-to-eight-hour daily practice schedule because of her status as a scholarship recipient

“People often ask me how long I play piano each day. I don’t think the length of the practice would make huge difference. The key point is how much I can improve during the practice, even though I do play eight hours daily in the summer and four hours during the school year,” Melody said. “Music is a part of me, as are my joyfulness, tears, hopes and dreams. My teachers, starting with Mrs. Nelly Berman, taught me that every piece of music I play is really an inside story of a composer’s life. I often feel blessed that I am able to use the sound that I create to share and interpret those great composers’ dreams and imaginations, sorrows and fears.” In addition to her outstanding piano abilities and writing abilities, Melody often calls the NBS Office on her own to schedule lessons and book accompanists for competitions!

Before her March 18th appearance in the Greenfield Finals,  Melody won first prize at the Hartford International Chopin Competition, Junior Category. She also performed as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony in their Menges Scholarship Competition Winner’s Concert on Sunday, February 23.

Introducing Orchestra, Jazz Improv, Suzuki Violin and Chamber Music

August 21st, 2013

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Orchestra | Performing Everything from Bach to Mussorgsky

Strings, Woodwinds and Brass ages 8-15 | auditions by appointment
Saturdays | October 12th-April 5th
3:15-4:00, Sectionals | 4:15-5:00, Full Orchestra
Two Concerts | 23 rehearsals
Some scholarship available

Jazz Improv | Explore the practical and theoretical heart of Jazz

Ages 11 and up
Mondays, 7PM-8PM, beginning October 7th | three semester sessions
Special Master Classes by professional jazz musicians

Suzuki Violin | Unique program for young musicians ages 4.5 to 6

3:45-4:30 p.m. Thursdays | Group Class I, starting October 3rd | three semester sessions
Time TBA Saturdays | Group Class II, starting September 28th  | three semester sessions
Includes one, 30-minute private lesson per week, scheduled at your convenience
Note reading gradually introduced

Chamber Music | Piano, Strings, Wind and Brass trios and quartets

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NBS Announces “Celebrating Nelly: a Tribute to a Life in Music”

March 21st, 2013

The Nelly Berman School of Music welcomes you to join us on Saturday, May 11, as we pay tribute to Nelly for her remarkable achievements throughout the past 30 years with the “Celebrating Nelly” Gala Concert at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall in Haverford.  We hope to fill all 650 seats with current students, alumni and friends.  In the spirit of her strong belief that classical music should be accessible to all, Nelly has requested that this concert be free-of-charge.

Twenty-four pianists will perform 24 Preludes by Chopin, and more than 30 students will showcase their remarkable skills on violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, trumpet, voice and chamber music. Students will be playing from the heart as a token of their appreciation and admiration for the opportunities that Nelly Berman has created for them.

Russian pianist Nelly Berman came to the United States with two young children and $17 in her pocket. She went on to create a unique classical music school in the heart of the Main Line in Haverford, which has become a beacon for high achievement in music education. Today, the school has more than 350 students from the Main

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Line and surrounding areas and 45 faculty members.    The school’s faculty

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has studied at some of the finest conservatories throughout Russia, Europe and the U.S. Many have major solo  careers and are invited to perform all over the world with premiere conductors and orchestras.

Nelly’s lasting legacy to the Philadelphia music community is the Nelly Berman School Classical Music Institute, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that she created to support gifted and hardworking students through a merit-based scholarship program. Scholarship recipients have won top prizes in local and national competitions, performed as soloists with numerous orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, and appeared in music festivals in USA, Italy, France, Monaco, Israel, Russia, Germany, Tanglewood, and the Van Cliburn Institute, among others. They have performed at Carnegie Hall and The Kimmel Center, as well as on NPR’s “From the TOP”.

In the spirit of American philanthropy, which has kept musical institutions vibrant, Nelly is calling the Philadelphia community to support her vision.

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“Celebrating Nelly: a Tribute to a Life in Music” is sponsored in part by the following:



Congratulations Erica Clarke!

November 21st, 2012

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the 2012 American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music. She will perform at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on December 23, 2012! Erica is a student of Elena Berman and Dima Borisovsky.