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Gillian Berkowitz

Gillian Berkowitz

Biography

An in demand New York pianist and music director, Gillian Berkowitz has performed piano, keyboard, accordion, and vocals in over 40 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. She was most recently the Associate Conductor of Avenue Q, as well as performing as pianist for the British production of The Lehman Trilogy (Director Sam Mendes) which premiered at The Park Avenue Armory. (www.armoryonpark.org)

Currently Gillian can be seen on Broadway as one of the onstage pump organists in the acclaimed play To Kill A Mockingbird (adapted by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Barlett Sher). She is also a rehearsal pianist in Waitress.

She is currently making a return engagement this summer in The Lehman Trilogy: at the
Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End.

Some favorite past shows have included Billy Elliot, Wicked, Summer, A Bronx Tale,
Mamma Mia! School Of Rock, and Jersey Boys.

Past projects include music directing the New York premiere of A Taste of Things to Come (Director Lorin Latarro), and the world premiere of Bill Russell and Janet Hood's musical: Unexpected Joy. (Director Lynne Taylor Corbett), and on faculty for Italy's Music Academy International: Trentino Music Festival Per Mezzano Romantica.

Gillian has music directed dozens of new works throughout her career and has been on the creative team at the O’Neil Theatre Conference, NYMF, NAMT, Playwrights Horizons, Human Race Theatre, and Goodspeed. She is a regular contributing music director at 92nd Street Y, NYU’s Musical Theatre Composition program, TACT, and Lincoln Center's Songbook Series.

She has been featured as both a soloist and collaborator playing jazz, pop, classical, contemporary, and theatre music in venues across New York City including 54 Below, Lincoln Center, Green Room 42, Park Avenue Armory, Town Hall, Birdland, Merkin Hall, City Winery, Le Poisson Rouge, and both the Consulate General of Hungary and the Australian Consulate.

Her two trios: City Swing Trio and Whitetail Trio perform for corporate and private events across New York and New England.

Gillian has conducted When You’re In Love, the Whole World is Jewish in collaboration with Jason Alexander and music directed productions of Vanishing Point: A New Musical www.vanishingpointthemusical.com/Home.html

She composes and performs with the Sheba Ensemble, promoting Jewish music with a unique contemporary twist (www.shebaensemble.com) and is a pianist for Scarlett Entertainment and Honeydew Artists. Gillian is also an adjunct faculty member at Pace University.

Professional Experience

  • Broadway
  • Off Broadway
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Boston/New England
  • United Kingdom

Hireable as

  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Music Contractor/Coordinator
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
  • Other

Instruments

  • Accordion
  • Piano
  • Synth - keyboards

Software

  • Finale

Affiliations

  • THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)

Pronouns

  • She/Her