Tim Berens's multi-faceted career gives testament to his lifelong
quest to learn, perform and write music. So far, his venture has led him through the worlds
of classical guitar, jazz guitar, orchestral guitar, arranging,
orchestration, composition, and conducting.
During his years as the guitarist
for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Tim played guitar, banjo, mandolin and
bouzouki on concerts, recordings, television programs, and tours.
Beginning in the late 1990's, Tim began arranging for the CPO, eventually
becoming the orchestra's principal arranger.
His arrangments are regularly performed in
Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to the Hollywood Bowl.
caught the ears of others and he began receiving commissions from many
leading conductors and major orchestras. His arrangements are performed
hundreds of times per year by orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, in venues
from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center to the Hollywood Bowl. Tim's
arrangements receive praise from conductors,
musicians, librarians, management, and listeners.
the music of master composers enriched
skills as an orchestrator.
In 2010, the
desire to continue learning led Tim to return to school to study
conducting. Two intensive years later, he earned a Masters Degree in
Orchestral Conducting. As he conducted the music of great composers like
Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich, his studies of their
scores enriched his skills as an orchestrator.
As a young student
studying classical guitar at CCM, Tim took every opportunity to play jazz
and other styles. This work prepared him well for the audition for the
Cincinnati Pops. Over the following years, other orchestras began hiring
Tim, and he performed with more than 20 orchestras, including the
Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong
Philharmonic. He played thousands of services for conductor Erich Kunzel.
Rhapsody in Blue is a guitar concerto?
Tim was featured as a soloist on many of the Cincinnati Pops
Orchestra's concerts, recordings and television broadcasts, most notably
transcribed the piano part from "Rhapsody in Blue" for guitar.
Throughout his professional career
Tim has performed regularly at jazz clubs, releasing 4 jazz recordings on
the Red Mark label under his own name along the way, and he has continued
working as a classical guitarist, performing Rodrigo's "Concierto de
Aranjuez" to great acclaim.
Tim's most nerve wracking performance
took place in 1975. Not even the duet he performed with
at Carnegie Hall induced more gut-wrenching performance anxiety than his
band's performance of Smoke on the Water in the Van Buren Junior High
School Talent Show.
To purchase a score and full set of parts for
George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue,
visit Berens Pops Library.