Edmund Mendelssohn

Curriculum Vitae


  • 2016: Master of Arts in Musicology, University of California Berkeley
  • 2014-present: University of California, Berkeley: Doctoral Student in Music History and Literature
  • 2013: Attended University of California, Davis
  • 2010-2012: State University of New York, Purchase College Conservatory of Music: Bachelor of Music (Magna cum Laude), Jazz Studies, May 2012
  • 2006-2007: Attended Berklee College of Music

Mentorships and Private Study:

  • 2014-present: Study of Music History and Criticism with Richard Taruskin, Benjamin Piekut, James Davies, Nick Mathew, Mary Ann Smart, and Ken Ueno (UC Berkeley)
  • 2013: Study of Music Scholarship and Early Music Notation with Anna Maria Busse Berger (UC Davis)
  • 2011-present: Study of Postmodern Philosophy, Art History and Criticism, and Aesthetics with Binghui Fan (former Professor of Philosophy and Art Theory, China)
  • 2010-2012: Study of Music Performance, Improvisation, and Composition with Jon Faddis, Hal Galper, Scott Colley, Todd Coolman, and Doug Weiss (SUNY Purchase)
  • 2011-2012: Study of Music History with Kenny Washington and Stuart Isacoff (SUNY Purchase)
  • 2010-2012: Study of Classical Bass with Timothy Cobb (SUNY Purchase)
  • 2008-2009: Study of Drum Set with Rick Lotter (CSU Sacramento)
  • 2008-2010: Study of Classical Bass with Tom Derthick (UC Davis)
  • 2006-2007: Study of Jazz Improvisation and Composition with Whit Browne, Hal Crook, and Jim Stinnett (Berklee)
  • 2003-2006: Study of Acoustic and Electric Bass, Guitar, Composition, and Arranging with Michael Swagerus, Tom Derthick, and Adam Jenkins

Teaching Experience:

  • 2015-present: Graduate Student Instructor at UC Berkeley
    • Courses taught: Music 27, Introduction to Western Music; Music 20AC, Music in American Cultures; Music 20A, Basic Musicianship
  • 2013-2014: Assistant Instructor at Sacramento City College
    • Courses taught: Rudimentary to advanced bass technique and music theory
  • 2006-present: Private teacher
  • Instruments and topics taught: Acoustic and Electric Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Composition and Arranging, Jazz Improvisation, and Music Theory

Performance Experience:

  • Performances with the Purchase Jazz Orchestra, directed by Todd Coolman (2011), including performances with guest artists:
    • John Abercrombie, at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City
    • Ambrose Akinmusire, at the Purchase College Theatre in Westchester, New York
    • Eric Alexander, at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York City
  • Performed extensively in New York City and the surrounding area (2010-2012)
  • Toured Japan in 2008 with an ensemble of flautists performing modern arrangements of traditional Japanese repertoire
  • Has performed and continues to perform in the Sacramento and California Bay Areas with Jeff Clayton, Joe Gilman, Mike McMullen, Tim Metz, and many others (2008-present)
  • Performed extensively in Boston and the surrounding area (2006-2007)

Edmund performing a tribute to Miles Davis' Kind of Blue in 2013.