Danuta Kuzminska Berger studied piano and harpsichord at the Conservatory of Music in Warsaw, Poland (currently The Chopin University School of Music) where she received her Master’s Degree in Harpsichord Performance. During her studies, she won a gold medal for her harpsichord playing in a prestigious Piano Festival in Slupsk, Poland. She went on to earn a Diploma de Merito from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, where she studied harpischord with the late Maestro Ruggero Gerlin, former student of legendary harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. Danuta performed with various ensembles, as well as soloed on radio and television.
Danuta toured worldwide as a harpsichordist with the Polish Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk. Danuta emigrated from Poland to the United States in January 1983 because of family and political reasons. The harsh nature of an early emigrant life prevented her from continuing her carrier as a concert harpsichordist. Nevertheless, her passion for music and harpsichord were ignited again after duties of raising three children and working in a nonmusical field were fulfilled.
Aside from teaching, Danuta serves as the assistant music director at Unity Church in Oak Park, Illinois. She is a freelance accompanist, recitalist, and chamber player. When she is not performing, she is an avid gardener and enjoys hiking.