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David Bernard (MM, 1988) Wins First Prize in the Orchestral Conducting Competition of the American Prize

September 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (September 7, 2012) – The American Prize Competition 2012 has announced that David Bernard, Music Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony has been awarded FIRST PRIZE in Orchestral Conducting.

The American Prize is a series of non-profit national competitions providing cash awards, professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances of music by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States. Mr. Bernard was chosen as the winner from a diverse group of conductors from across the country, on the basis of video recordings of their live orchestral performances. The panel of judges was led by Maestro David Katz, conductor and chief judge of The American Prize. Earlier this week, The American Prize Competition 2012 also awarded to Mr. Bernard and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony FIRST PRIZE in Orchestral Performance.

“Congratulations to Maestro Bernard on receiving this prestigious and well-deserved award,” says Andrea Berger, Administrative Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. “We are excited that his artistic leadership and musicianship are being recognized on a national level. We look forward to many more years of collaboration and exciting music making with him.”

“This is a terrific honor,” says Maestro Bernard. “These awards recognize the intense passion and commitment of musicians and ensembles that nourish and brighten our communities. With The American Prize, these efforts are given a national focus.”

The judges of The American Prize provided the following enthusiastic comments:  “A first rate conductor–a stunning, lovely performance–masterly in shaping, phrasing, technique and expressivity.  Insightful and inspired, Maestro Bernard possesses the vision and skill to build beautifully shaped interpretations of the major repertoire. A significant talent.”

David Bernard has performed in more than 20 countries on four continents. His performances have been heard in many of New York City’s most prestigious venues, among them Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and The Riverside Church, on radio stations WNYC and WQXR and telecast on WCBS, and through an extensive catalog of recordings on iTunes, Naxos/ClassicsOnline, Amazon and Spotify. He and his work have been profiled inSymphony Magazine, PlaybillArts.com, The Juilliard Journal, The New YorkDaily News, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Bernard has led the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony on a nine-city tour of the People’s Republic of China and has appeared as a guest conductor with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and the Putnam Symphony.

Devoted to the music of our own time, David Bernard has presented world premières of scores by Bruce Adolphe, Chris Caswell, John Mackey and Ted Rosenthal. He has collaborated with distinguished soloists and artists including Carter Brey, David Chan, Catherine Cho, Pedro Díaz, Bart Feller, Whoopi Goldberg, Judith Ingolfsson, Christina Jennings, Jessica Lee, Jon Manasse, Todd Phillips and James Archie Worley.

Prior to the 1999 founding of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, David Bernard served as Music Director of the Stony Brook University Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island and Theater Three. He also held the post of Assistant Conductor of both the Jacksonville and Stamford symphony orchestras. Bernard is an alumnus of The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Stony Brook University, The Tanglewood Music Center and Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and studied with Sergiu Celibdache, David Lawton, Roger Nierenberg and Arthur Weisberg.

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