Christine Berl

Christine Berl is an American composer, pianist, Egyptian-style Oriental dancer, and the daughter of Paul Berl, longtime accompanist of Victoria de los íngeles. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano from Mannes College of Music in 1964. She continued her education at Queen's College, graduating with a Master of Arts degree in composition in 1970.

erl's music has innovated what she calls a Chakra form, arrived at using serial techniques and interval cycle theory connected to the Passacaglia form. "Elegy" (1974) is completely in this form, "The Lord of the Dance" (1989) ends with a chakra and there are several chakras in "Masmoudi" for violin and piano (2012).

She has served as artistic consultant for Tirreno Records. Peter Serkin premiered her piece, "Lord of the Dance," in 1989 and played it again in 1990 at the 92nd Street Y Distinguished Artists Series (the piece was commissioned by him in 1989).