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Miguel Kertsman

Univ.-Prof. for Music Business (Faculty of Music)
Music Business

Artistic or pedagogical education

  • State Conservatory of Music, PE Brazil, piano, organ 1977-1980
  • Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, US 1984-1986
  • BM, Music Production & Engineering. Emphasis on Composition 4 year degree completed in 2.5 years
  • Graduate Orchestral Conducting Studies, Mo. Attilio Poto, Boston Conservatory, 1986
  • Composition Studies, Prof. Stanley Wolfe, The Juilliard School Ext. Div, New York, NY, 1987

Teaching & Research

Teaching and Academics

  • Traditional Composition, Media Composition, Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Music Production, Recording Sciences, Audio Engineering and Acoustics, Music Industry, Music Business, Management and Entrepreneurship, Arts Management
  • Curriculum creation and development for the “Master of Arts (MA) Program in Music for Applied Media, Danube University Krems
  • Curriculum co-creation and development for the Master of Arts (MA) Program in Music Management, Danube University Krems
  • Curriculum co-creation and development for the Degree in Recording Arts at the former Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
  • Curricula creation, development lecturing — selection: Dartmouth College NH, US; The Sibelius Academy / Helsinki Arts University, Finland; The IES Abroad US University Consortium


  • Ethnomusicology: Early Music of Brazil (Amazonica, Sony Music 1997/8)
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold, co-researcher for project publication (ASV 2003, Capriccio 2020)
  • Arnold Schönberg Exposition Tour Guide CD / Center Opening, co-music researcher/ curator (Arnold Schönberg Estate, Sony Classical, 1997/8)

Artistic Research

Academic Mentions / Citations by others — selection:

  • German-Brazilian Cultural Relations: Stocktaking, Challenges, Perspectives Wolfgang Bader, Volume 133 of Bibliotheca Ibero-Americana Vervuert, 2010 , Pg. 139.
  • Musica Nordestina e Musica Medieval - Um Encontro Pos-Moderno, Luiz Pinto Façanha Júnior Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) \, Campus de São Paulo, Brasil , Pp. 2, 12,13,14,18.
  • UCLA, History 8A Colonial Latin America, Fall 2012, 2013, Course Presentation: Contact - Miguel Kertsman "Caramuru."
  • Diploma Thesis, University of Vienna. Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, Ratzinger,Carolin (2013) Miguel Kertsman, Supervisor: Allgayer-Kaufmann, Regine

Artistic Publications – CDs, LP’s

As Principal Artist or Composer — selection:

  • Música, Mito e Mistério (Discos Fermata 1982, Reissued Aurua Sounds 2020)
  • Gravity Tunnel (Proxima Records, 1990, Reissued Aurua Sounds 2020)
  • Amazônica (Sony Classical, Sony Music Entertainment, 1996)
  • Angelika Kirchschlager, When Night Falls (Sony Classical, 1999)
  • Rhythmic Fission, Digital Revs. of Classic Trax (RCA Victor Group/BMG ’04)
  • Time? What’s Time? Aurua Sounds, 2009
  • Martin Kuuskmann, Non Stop, 2010 Estonian Record Production
  • Almaviva Duet, Por Una Canción, 2011
  • Early Orchestral Works, Amazônia Symphonic Poem, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies, Soloists (Gramola / Naxos Music Group, 2012)
  • John Williams, Collaborations (Sony Classical 2015)
  • Three Concertos and Chamber Symphony Nr. 2 “New York of 50 Doors”, London
  • Philharmonic Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies, Soloists (Naxos Records, 2018)
  • In the Moment, Miguel Kertsman, Ernie Adams (Jazz-Fusion, PARMA / Naxos Music 2022)

Media Music — selection:

  • Road Rules (MTV 1999)
  • El Relojero: The Clockmaker’s Revelation (2008, Tribeca-Flashpoint)
  • Coniclysm, Game Soundtrack (2009, ZoopTek)

Scientific Writings — selection:

  • Liner notes writing and analysis for CD print publications — selection:
  • Amazonica, Enter the Heart of Brazil (Sony Music), worldwide print
  • Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, Grabmusik (Passionskantate), Gallimathias Musicum (Quodlibet) (Chesky Records), worldwide print
  • Franz Schmidt, Symphony No. 4 in C Major, Anton Bruckner, Three Orchestral Movements, March in D Minor (Chesky Records), worldwide print

Printed Music (Scores) - selection:

  • Cantiga de Ninar for Voice and Guitar (Universal Edition, Warner Music (US)) 1999
  • UE 1901-2001, Female Voice, Angelika Kirchschlager (Universal Edition 2001)
  • Four Choros & Lullabies for Flute and Piano (Kossack Edition, 2005)
  • Stop It! Give Peace a Chance for Contrabass & Violoncello, 2006 (UE / Scodo)
  • Concerto Carioca for Two Pianos and Percussion, 2018 (Universal Edition/Scodo)
  • The Amazonica Brazz-Jazz Songbook Vol 1, 2022 (Universal Edition, Aurua Sounds)

Further work experience

  • International Consultant, Coach on Acoustics, Technology and Classical Music Performance — selection:
  • Bayerische Staatsoper, Gasteig, Munich, Germany, Carnegie Hall New York, NY, Royal Festival Hall, London
  • Music Industry: Record Label and Studio Executive Posts — selection of roles and companies:
  • Executive Producer, Researcher, Producer, Managing Director, Global Consultant, Chief Engineer, Quality Assurance Director, Artist & Repertoire (A&R) Director,
  • RCA Victor Group/BMG, Sony Classical, Quintessential Sound, NY, Chesky Records, ASV Records

Prices, Awards, Miscellaneous

Awards — selection:

  • Oscar Peterson Jazz Masters Incentive Award (Berklee College of Music)
  • Berklee Professional Music Scholarship Recipient
  • Cannes Classical Awards (1997, best special edition, Bruno Walter Edition)
  • Grammy Awards Nominated Recording (Joseph Marx Orchestral Songs for High and Middle Voice, 2004)