Lewis Berman is a composer, pianist, thereminist, and computer scientist.
Lewis studied composition with Lawrence Moss at the University of Maryland and Jonathan Kramer at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) of the University of Cincinnati, sharing the outstanding composer award upon receiving his Master’s degree at CCM. Afterward, he went on to a career as a software engineer, still composing sporadically. Combining knowledge of software engineering and computer-generated music, Lewis’ doctoral thesis focused on sonification, the art and science of hearing information communicated via non-speech sound, an aural equivalent of visualization. Lewis earned his Ph.D. from the University of Durham, U.K., in 2011. He has returned to composing in the past year, completing a work for concert band to be premiered later in 2013.
As pianist, Lewis has performed as orchestral soloist on both sides of the Atlantic and has premiered various contemporary works. Lewis also plays the theremin, employing an aerial fingering system similar to that devised by Clara Rockmore. Lewis has led chamber ensembles as conductor and, a few years ago, organized a Klezmer band. He runs the graduate program in Computer Science at Loyola University Maryland.