2016 Chamber – Southern Highlands, NSW

Bernadette Harvey



Australian Hometown: Sydney
Education: ?

Currently Lecturer in Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Bernadette enjoys a happily balanced career as performer and teacher.

Her numerous appearances at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival have included collaborations with Marc-Andre Hamelin, the Tokyo and Shanghai Quartets amongst many others. A recent US tour included solo recitals and master classes at the University of Arizona, the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University in which her performance of Carl Vine’s Sonata #1 and Ross Edwards Sonata Indiana was reviewed as “nothing less than spectacular” (Peter Jacobi, The Herald Times, March 27 2015).

Her latest CD recording includes the world premiere recordings of Ross Edwards Piano Sonata and Night Songs and Mantras, with other works by Carl Vine, available on the Tall Poppies label. She has recently finished recording another world premiere by Ross Edwards, Sea Star Fantasy for solo piano, which will be included in a retrospective recorded collection of the composers works. In 2016, Bernadette continued her focus on new commissioned solo piano works by Australian composers, as well as maintaining her collaborative performances in various festivals around Australia (Arts in the Valley – Kangaroo Valley NSW, Southern Highlands Festival NSW and the Stradbroke Island Chamber Music festival QLD).

In 2016, Bernadette was one of two nominated by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music to take part in the University of Sydney’s Women’s Leadership program, fostering female academic talent and leadership. Through this program, Bernadette hopes to foster closer ties to the Refugee community in Sydney (a process she launched this year in a benefit concert for Refugee Week), and strengthen the connection between her research into injury preventive piano technique and her teaching practice.

Last updated 2018