Bernadette Harvey’s career as a pianist commenced early when she won her first medal in the Sydney Eisteddfod at the age of two and a half. She went on to win the ABC ‘Young Performer of the Year’ and performed in recitals and as a soloist with all the Australian Symphony Orchestras, presenting eight different piano concertos. In 2000, Bernadette was awarded a Centenary Medal by the then Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, for her contributions to Australian Music. She also received the Australian Music Centre’s award for the Promotion of Australian Music as well as the Best Performance of an Australian Composition in 2001 as part of Australian Virtuosi.
Bernadette maintains her work as a soloist, recently performing with the Auckland Philharmonic (Rachmaninov Paganini Variations, October 2013). She has had several new works written for her, including the Piano Concerto, Rubia by Melbourne composer Tim Dargaville which she premiered in Melbourne in 2003 with the Academy of Melbourne Orchestra. Mr Dargaville is currently working on a new set of solo piano pieces for her.
In further recognition of her dedication to the promotion of Australian music, Carl Vine has invited Bernadette to perform and record his Anne Landa Preludes at the 2011 Huntington festival. Acclaimed Australian composer, Ross Edwards, has completed a new solo piano sonata for Bernadette to perform and record in 2014.
Bernadette is a core member of the Sydney Soloists (consisting of the principal wind and string players from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra) and is enjoying a busy schedule as a duo performer, working with Diana Doherty, Sara Macliver, Claire Edwardes and Natsuko Yoshimoto.
As a Fellow of the Tanglewood Summer Music Festival she studied with such musicians as Henri and Genevieve Dutilleux, Gil Kalish, Reinbert de Leeuw and Julius Levine. She went on to teach at the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music in Boston and Cambridge, Massachussets.
After winning various prizes in numerous international competitions, Bernadette returned to Australia where she was immediately offered the Artistic Directorship of the 1997 Australian Women’s Music Festival. Currently, she is Lecturer in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
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