LCMS students are invited to take part in four free workshops with LCMS’ composer-in-residence, Marcel Bergmann! No prior composition experience required. Please contact the LCMS office for more information and to sign up.
September 29, 2-4pm | October 26, 2-4pm | November 17, 1-3pm | May 2, 2-4pm
A native of Munich, Germany, Marcel Bergmann studied musicology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover with Arie Vardi. For the last 25 years, Marcel has enjoyed an active musical career as a performer, composer, improviser, lecturer and teacher.
Marcel has been involved as composer and musical director in a variety of theatre, cabaret and multimedia projects. The BavarianTelevision, Arte and other European broadcasting corporations, have broadcast his music for television features. In 2004, he was a composer-in-residence for Calgary Opera’s Let’s create an Opera programme. In 2005, Marcel’s Urban Pulse for two pianos was premiered as the commissioned work for The 10th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. His large-scale work, Requiem for a Lost Girl, premiered in 2010 at Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo and was also presented as part of the New York Music Theatre Festival in July 2012, as well as at the Vancouver Opera Festival in 2018.
Marcel has been commissioned by various organizations including the CBC, the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, the Spiritus Chamber Choir, the Langley Community Music School, the VSO School of Music, and the San Francisco International Music Festival.
In addition to his international performing career as one half of the Bergmann Piano Duo, he has been active as a chamber musician, clinician, juror, collaborative pianist and vocal coach. In 2004/2005, Marcel and his wife were Artistic Directors of The Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Foundation in Miami. He has been on faculty at Mount Royal University, the University of Calgary, and served as Artistic Director, as well as Director of Program Advancement, at the Langley Community Music School. He has also been involved in various musical activities at The Banff Centre for the Arts. From 2009 -2013, he was Professor of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton/Ontario.
Marcel is currently Artistic Director of White Rock Concerts and Resident Composer at LCMS. He is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre.