B i o g r a p h y

Born in  Galicia on the north  west  of   Spain,  Jose  Bernardez  (BMus, PGDip, MA)   began to  study saxophone at  a   young   age   at   the   Galician    High    School   of  Music  (EAEM)  and  at the Conservatorio Superior de Vigo.  In  the early 2000´s  he  decided to move to Madrid to continue his studies with the renowned saxophone master Andres Gomis  at  Madrid Conservatorie and at the Conservatorio Superior de Mallorca,  studies that he will  finish in London  with a  Masters  Degree  from  the   prestigious  Royal  Academy  of Music,  where  he  graduated  with  honors  in  2010.

 

Early in his career Jose  enjoyed the encouragement and  support  of  great  masters  such  as   Claude  Delangle,  Andres Gomis  Mora, Marie  Bernadette  Charrier, Rodrigo Vila, Richard Addison, Dave O´Higgins or  Alan  Barnes. He received the  2002 Hazen Intercentros Music Award  (Honour Mention), the  2006 Art Jove Chamber Music  Award and the prestigious 2006 Montserrat  Alavedra  Performance  Award.

In  technique  and  sensibility, Jose  Bernardez   harkens  back    to    the   Golden    Age   of  the  20th   century,   whilst possessing  the  passion  and  energy  of  the 21st.  Praised by  critics  as   a  performer  of  great depth, virtuosity and technical brilliance, he has appeared throughout the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Switzerland; performing as a soloist and on Quartet, Ensemble, Big Band or Orchestral settings.

 

Jose   Bernardez has appeared regularly in London Shows   and     with  orchestras such as LPO, London Contemporany   Orchestra,  Royal Academy  of    Music  Symphony    Orchestra,     Azalea    Ensemble,  Manson Ensemble    or     London   Sinfonietta,   among   others. He   was  lucky enough to collaborate with the most prominent conductors  such as Sir Colin Davis, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi,  Sir Simon Rattle, Yan   Pascal  Tortellier or  Susanna  Mälkki.  He  has  also performed at International festivals  such  as "Musica Riva Festival" or the "Geneve Music Festival". He is also currently  teaching saxophone in London at his Saxophone Tuition Studio and in Music Schools.

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