Jeremy Berkman

A resident of Vancouver since 1989, Jeremy Berkman, Touch of Brass trombonist has a varied performing career. Currently Co-Artistic Director of the award winning Turning Point Ensemble and Principal Trombonist for Vancouver Opera orchestra, he also is also a member of cellist Peggy Lee’s octet –The Peggy Lee Band -- and big bands led by John Korsrud, Fred Stride, Jill Townsend, and Jesse Cahill. He has performed as a featured guest with the St. Lawrence, Hyperion, Vetta, and Bozzini string quartets, as well as the Standing Wave ensemble in Vancouver. 

A former student of Tim Atherton, Thomas Cramer, and Per Brevig, he is a graduate of both Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory of Music with degrees in music and economics, as well as a graduate of the Juilliard school. Jeremy’s arts management experience includes two years as Stage Manager for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and several summers as an orchestra manager at the Aspen Music Festival where he performed at nearly 3500 meters in elevation with members of the American Brass Quintet. Jeremy current is a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia. Since moving to Vancouver, Jeremy has been a leader in encouraging new music, and in 2011 was honoured with Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Award (Music) “for exhibited leadership, innovation, and support for Vancouver’s cultural community”.