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Pavel Berman entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, studying with Igor Bezrodniy at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. At the age of seven made his public debut with the Gorky Philharmonic Orchestra and went on to develop a wide repertoire, performing through the Soviet Union, giving recitals and appearing with the State Orchestra of the USSR, the Moscow Philharmonic and other orchestras.
Berman won the First Price and Gold Medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in 1990. The jury acknowledged his style as a blend of sparkling technique and refined interpretation; the audience recognized his classy personality and sincerity in music-making. The Indianapolis Awards for the best performance of Paganini Capricci and of Ysaye Sonata opened the way to his first Cd, recorded a few months later with Koch International. Previously, at the age of seventeen, he had won the Second Prize at the 1987 Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy.
Berman moved on to study with Dorothy DeLay, in 1992, at the Juilliard School in New York where he met Isaac Stern, an encounter that undoubtedly and profoundly marked his musical creativity. Yet, his musical maturity finds its deepest roots in his life-long work with his father, the legendary pianist Lazar Berman.
Developing his international career Berman has performed with the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Miami Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony, the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic, the Beijing Philharmonic, Berliner Symphoniker and he has reached audiences in such prestigious concert halls as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Salle Gaveau in Paris, Herkulessaal in Munich, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Bunkakaikan in Tokyo, Teatro alla Scala, Conservatorio Verdi in Milan, Parco della Musica in Rome, Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, involvement in numerous music festivals.
Over the last years, Berman has been devoting much attention both as a conductor of chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra and as a performer, especially with the Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian Orchestra, la St. Georges Strings Orchestra and the ‘Moscow Virtuosi’.
Berman plays the Antonio Stradivari violin, 1716 ‘Maréchal Berthier’, ex Napolèon owned by the Pro Canale Foundation of Milan.