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World of the Piano
Since graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2016, Alexander Bernstein has forged an impressive career as a young artist. His solo recitals have been received to great acclaim in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Romania. Bernstein has fiercely performed in many competitions, winning second prize and the RTE Lyric FM Special Prize at the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition, third prize in the 2015 Verona International Piano Competition, third prize in the 2015 Gian Battista Viotti International Piano Competition and first prize in the 2011 Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata, op. 106 in B-flat Major (‘Hammerklavier’)
MEET THE ARTIST
ALEXANDER BERNSTEIN, a San Francisco native, began piano lessons at age seven, later moving to Walla Walla, Washington, where he studied for nine years. Bernstein received a bachelor’s degree in music from Harvard University in 2010 where he studied privately with both Patricia Zander and Stephen Drury of the New England Conservatory. Under the tutelage of John O’Conor he completed a master’s degree in piano performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, an Artist Diploma at Shenandoah Conservatory, and finally earned his doctorate from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Trinity College Dublin in June 2020.
After making his symphonic debut in 1999, Bernstein has performed concerti with orchestras in the United States and Europe, including the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice in Italy, and the Pitest Symphony Orchestra in Romania, among others. He has given solo recitals in sixteen countries.
Bernstein is an avid devotee of new music, studying and premiering works of living composers, as well as Berio, Ligeti, Ives and Cage. In September 2015 he recorded a solo CD of works by the Irish composer Ryan Molloy.
Bernstein has had much success in competitions, recently winning 2nd prize in the 2018 ClaviCologne International Competition in Germany, 2nd prize and the RTE Lyric Fm Special Prize in the 2015 Dublin International Piano Competition, 3rd prize in the 2015 Verona International Piano Competition, and 3rd prize in the 2015 Gian Battista Viotti International Piano Competition. He also received 1st prize in the 2011 Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Bernstein is currently a visiting instructor of piano and music performance at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.
This performance is made possible by the Laura N. Dabinett and Russell B. McKelway World of the Piano Fund, established in 2015 in commemoration of the wedding anniversary of Laura N. Dabinett and Russell B. McKelway.
This performance was recorded following the guidelines of Shenandoah University’s Personal Conduct and Social Distancing Policy. The featured artist in this video was recorded alone on the stage without an audience. All crew and camera operators wore a mask and were positioned greater than 10 feet from the soloist.