David Bernard has gained recognition for his dramatic and incisive conducting in the United Stated and in over 20 countries on four continents. Recently appointed Music Director of the Massapequa Philharmonic, he has served as Music Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony since 1999.
A multiple First Prize Winner of the Orchestral Conducting Competition of The American Prize, David Bernard was described by the judges as “a first rate conductor. With no score, an animated and present Maestro Bernard led a phenomenal performance—masterly in shaping, phrasing, technique and expressivity”. Alan Young of lucidculture praised Bernard’s recent Lincoln Center performance of Stravinsky and Wagner: “Conducting from memory, David Bernard led a transcendent performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Segues were seamless, contrasts were vivid and Stravinsky’s whirling exchanges of voices were expertly choreographed.” David Bernard’s discography includes 17 albums spanning music from Vivaldi to Copland, including a complete Beethoven symphony cycle praised for its “intensity, spontaneity, propulsive rhythm, textural clarity, dynamic control, and well-judged phrasing” (Fanfare).
David Bernard is an acclaimed orchestra builder and is sought after for his artistic leadership and innovation in community engagement. Under his leadership as Music Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony since 1999, the orchestra has thrived—expanding its audience, growing the ensemble and achieving critical acclaim. Bernard’s approach to growing new audiences for classical music include engaging families in the community through schools, presenting multi-media presentations and InsideOut performances where audiences sit inside the orchestra during concerts.
Devoted to the music of our own time, Mr. Bernard has presented world premières of scores by Bruce Adolphe, Chris Caswell, John Mackey, and Ted Rosenthal, and distinguished concert collaborators have included Jeffrey Biegel, Carter Brey, David Chan, Catherine Cho, Pedro Díaz, Stanley Drucker, Bart Feller, Ryu Goto, Whoopi Goldberg, Sirena Huang, Judith Ingolfsson, Christina Jennings, Yevgeny Kutik, Anna Lee, Jessica Lee, Kristin Lee, Jon Manasse, Anthony McGill, Spencer Myer, Todd Phillips, and James Archie Worley.
An active guest conductor throughout the greater New York City area, David Bernard has appeared with the Brooklyn Symphony, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Litha Symphony, the Manhattan School of Music, the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble, the Putnam Symphony and the South Shore Symphony.