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 Rachmaninov’s Paganini Variations with Christopher Seaman and the Auckland Philharmonic and Messiaen’s Concert a Quátre with Simone Young and the West Australian Symphony and Simone Young. 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. In 2014 Bernadette was responsible for the commissioning of 5 new solo piano sonatas by Australian composers Tim Dargaville, Matthew Hindson, Jane Stanley, Aristea Mélos and Melody Eötvös which will be premiered and recorded in 2015. The commissions were made possible by the Australia
Council and the Freshwater Festival of Chamber Music.
In further recognition of her dedication to the promotion of Australian music, Carl Vine invited Bernadette to record his Anne Landa Preludes, to be released, together with his Piano Sonata No. 1 on the Tall Poppies label in 2015. Also included in this release is the premiere recording of the first solo Piano Sonata by acclaimed Australian composer, Ross Edwards, written for Bernadette in 2011. In March 2015, Bernadette will be performing these works amongst others on a solo concert tour in the U.S. where she will perform in Bloomington, Indiana, Tucson, Arizona and the Eastman school of Music.
Bernadette will also appear at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival performing with the Pražák Quartet, Joseph Lin, Paul Neubauer and Clive Greensmith amongst others.
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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