December 18, 2012 — Coral Gables — Shelton “Shelly” Berg, dean of the University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category “Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)” for his arrangement of “Out There” on Lorraine Feather’s CD Tales of the Unusual (Jazzed Media). Berg and Feather are frequent musical collaborators and co-wrote the song.
Other nominees in the same category this year include Esperanza Spalding, Vince Mendoza, and Nan Schwartz. Winners will be announced at the Grammy Awards show on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles.
An accomplished pianist in both classical and jazz styles, Berg is a recording artist for Concord Music Group and a Steinway piano artist. He has arranged and recorded with many award-winning artists and is currently arranging and co-producing a new CD with Gloria Estefan (Sony International). He is featured as an arranger and pianist on two Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning Arturo Sandoval projects on the Concord label.
The Shelly Berg Trio (Shelly Berg, piano; Gregg Field, drums; Chuck Berghofer, bass) recently recorded an all-Gershwin CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with José Serebrier, conducting.
Recently, Berg was a featured speaker at the TEDxMIA conference in Miami Beach in October. He performs at major music festivals and venues throughout the world.
In 2007 Berg was named dean of the Frost School of Music, where, in addition to teaching both privately and in the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum, he administers the academic, musical, and research pursuits of more than 700 students and 100 faculty members. He was formerly the McCoy/Sample endowed music professor at USC Thornton School of Music.
Berg was a featured performer at several concerts during the 29th annual Festival Miami in October and performed on piano and the B-3 organ at the Hollywood Bowl in July for a Ray Charles Tribute concert.
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