Barry Ganberg was born in New York City and graduated from City University of New York with degrees in Music and Psychology.
He further studied music and composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano, and voice with Sylvia Friedrich who drew upon the vocal techniques that helped to develop and sustain the voice of the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso.
Barry moved to England in 1987 establishing himself as a composer, multi-instrumental performer and vocalist, specialising in work with dance and theatre. A number of years later, he was appointed as Head of Music for Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance whose affiliated company Rambert, is the National Dance Company of Britain.
Since then, he has composed and performed widely throughout the world with a plethora of dance/theatre companies and a variety of artistic projects during the course of his long and varied career. During this time, he developed and refined his ability to improvise and devise work informed by the rich and diverse cultures that he has explored.
He has been to Ethiopia to work on the “Street Dreams” project with young people living and working on the streets of Addis Ababa. This was a developmental project offering long term vocational training through the arts (music, dance, film making) and helping to empower the community.
He has been to Senegal with Janti Bi - helping to develop the first International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African dance, “L’Ecole de Sable” in Toubab Dialaw near Dakar. It’s a cross-cultural music and dance collaboration encompassing over 30 African nations.
He has also been to Peru, on a project atop the mountains of Lima with a project called “La Danza de la Esperanza” – (“The Dance of Hope”), helping to engage and empower marginalized young people through the power of theatre, dance and music.
Further theatrical and dance related projects have led Barry around the world to countries such as USA, Canada, Japan, Singapore, North Vietnam, South Korea, Lithuania, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Holland and Ireland.
Barry has also for many years been Musical Director for Moving Visions Dance Theatre. This company has specialized in touring productions exploring philosophical and theological themes, to many of England’s great Cathedrals including the historical landmarks of St. Pauls Cathedral and Yorkminster Cathedral.
Some of his other recent highlights include: Composition for “Clay Connections”, a new work of clay, dance, music and theatre, which was conceived by Vidya Thirunarayan and directed by Tim Supple (2018); choreographic Producer for recording artist Marc Almond’s Embers Official Video, which was released in December (2017); singing with the legendry South African Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2016); composition and performance of the award-winning documentary film The Gospel of Ross Mckim (Raindance, Hollywood and Nice Film Festivals),
Feature Documentary Award Winning Film at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, USA (2016); The vocal translation, realization, teaching and coaching of Christopher Bruce’s Some Sort of Island Dance (2015); the composition and performance of Robert Cohan’s re- staged iconic choreographic work Class (2014).
“The kind invitation by the NCPA offering me the opportunity to create the music for The Tempest in China has led to a most wonderful experience that I will always cherish. I have been thrilled to work with the hugely talented group of actors, musicians and team of creative collaborators in a country, which is steeped in a deeply rich and beautiful artistic tradition.” Barry Ganberg