Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

Musical Bridges Project

2021 Musical Bridges Composer

Daniel Roumain Bernard (DBR)

daniel bernard roumain

Daniel Bernard Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer, performer, educator, and activist extends more than two decades and includes collaborations spanning from Philip Glass and  Bill T. Jones to Savion Glover and Lady Gaga. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic, urban, and African-American music influences, DBR is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and operatic works; has won an Emmy for Outstanding Musical Composition for his collaborations with ESPN; is a featured keynote performer at technology conferences; and creates large scale, site-specific musical events for public spaces. 



As an artist entrepreneur I really am committed to creating projects that speak to social injustice, have something to say about racial and cultural identity. And in many ways, I’m trying to figure out how are we all going to live together.  —DBR

The 2021 Commission

Twin Stars: Diamond Variations for Dae’Anna

Sutton, Chin-Loy, DBR

What the performance on YouTube.

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)  composer
Marc Bamuthi Joseph  librettist
Brandie Sutton  soprano
Terrence Chin-Loy  tenor
Abeo Quartet*
Melvin Chen  piano

"Twin Stars: Diamond Variations for Dae’Anna is a work for piano, string quartet, and two singers, that will seek to musically respond to the confrontations and conversations that have and are happening between Black men, people of color, law enforcement, and an undefined civic morality."   ⏤ DBR

Twin Stars: Diamond Variations for Dae’Anna  is a commission of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with support from the Desai Family Foundation in collaboration with the Sphinx Organization and the Yale Schwarzman Center.

What the performance on YouTube.

Watch | Read

Take a look below through an archive of Musical Bridges videos and articles. 

Daniel Bernard Roumain

Meet DBR

Through his own words, get to know more about the 2021 Musical Bridges composer.
Musical Bridges, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Afa S Dworkin

Musical Bridges: A Conversation

Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Festival Director Melvin Chen, and Afa S. Dworkin, President and Artistic Director of The Sphinx Organization discuss Norfolk's first Musical Bridges commission and the role of art in society.
Musical Bridges, Melvin Chen, DBR

Musical Bridges: The Conversation Continues

Festival Director Melvin Chen and composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) share their musical backgrounds and influences.
The Music Shed at Norfolk

Musical Bridges: A new approach to classical chamber music

Festival Director Melvin Chen speaks about the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival's new commissions initiative.
Daniel Bernard Roumain.

Norfolk expands partnership with Daniel Bernard Roumain

Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain shares his "Declaration & Affirmation of Love for Black People."

Daniel Bernard Roumain on using music to effect change

For some, music is first and foremost entertainment. For composer/violinist/educator Daniel Bernard Roumain, aka DBR, music is certainly that but it’s also a vehicle for change—necessary change.