Shenandoah Conservatory graduate student Alexander Bernstein was awarded third prize in the final round of the Verona International Piano Competition on Oct. 10, 2015. He competed against 45 other pianists from around the world and advanced through the first and semifinal rounds. The final round took place at the prestigious Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Italy, where he was also awarded the Special Award Junior for competing as the youngest finalist.
In May of this year, Bernstein was awarded second prize at the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition, as well as the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra Prize for best performance of a piece by the commissioned Irish composer in the semifinal round.
He was also the first prize winner in the graduate category of Shenandoah Conservatory’s 2015 Student Soloists Competition earlier this year. His achievement culminated in the performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in March 2015.
Bernstein is currently pursuing an artist diploma (piano) and studies with Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, Chair of Keyboard Division and Professor of Piano John O’Conor, Mus.D.