In 1973, Berman elected to emigrate to Israel, where he quickly became a central figure in that country's musical life. He joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University and remained there for six years, winning respect as an outstanding pedagogue. In 1979, Berman moved to the United States and served on the faculties of several schools (among them, Indiana, Boston, and Brandeis) before heading the piano department at Yale University (beginning in 1984). During that time, he directed the Yale Music Spectrum concerts. In 1995, he presided over the inauguration of the International Summer Piano Institute in Hong Kong, a joint effort between Yale University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Berman has received invitations from the world's most prestigious orchestras, performing with such ensembles as the Philharmonia of London, the Royal Concertgebouw, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. In addition to appearances on many well-established recital series, Berman has been a frequent guest at music festivals in Bergen, Waterloo, Ravinia, Marlboro, and the Israel Festival. He has also authored books on technique and on Prokofiev's sonatas.