New Music at Carnegie Hall: Carnegie Hall Commissions
About The Composers

Michael Ward-Bergeman

Carnegie Hall Commissions

Michael Ward-Bergeman is a passionate performer, songwriter, and composer. His sensitive and creative approach to music making has led to performances and collaborations with world-class musicians and composers from across a wide range of genres.

Mr. Ward-Bergeman aims to remain faithful to the spirit that unites many of the world’s richest music traditions while continuing to develop his own unique voice. In addition to his more traditional accordion playing, he has created innovative performance techniques that work in harmony with his inspired use of 21st century music technology. His vision has reached its culmination in the hyper-accordion, an acoustic accordion with extended range and expressive capabilities.

Michael Ward-Bergeman has brought his music making to many venues around the globe, from the local pub to the world-renowned Carnegie Hall. His composition Three Roads was commissioned by The Carnegie Hall Corporation and received its world premiere in Weill Recital Hall in April 2007 at the culminating concert of The Weill Music Institute’s Professional Training Workshop led by Osvaldo Golijov and Dawn Upshaw. He has performed on numerous recordings, on television, and on film soundtracks. His work with the hyper-accordion has been featured in numerous compositions by Osvaldo Golijov, including 2004’s Grammy-nominated Ayre.

He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.