Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

Musical Bridges 2021

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

Watch 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.

Musical Bridges is made possible through the generous support of the Desai Family Foundation.

Watch the performance on YouTube.

Watch | Read

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

Daniel Bernard Roumain

Musical Bridges, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Afa S Dworkin

Musical Bridges, Melvin Chen, DBR

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.