Described as ‘a true musical talent’ for recent solo performances, British-Canadian violist Victoria Bernath is quickly rising to the fore as a noteworthy young talent.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Victoria has performed on BBC Radios 2 and 3, and appears regularly with ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her debut solo album of contemporary repertoire for viola and piano will be released in October 2018. Alongside her performance schedule, Victoria is also an active composer and holds awards in Belgium, Canada France, Germany, Japan and the USA. Victoria has been mentored by violists Yuko Inoue, Garfield Jackson, and Paul Barritt (guest leader of the Hallé Symphony Orchestra). Last year, Victoria had the honour of premiering her orchestrated edition of Emil Kreuz’s previously unheard viola concerto (c.1892), in London. Victoria recently completed a performance-led PhD redefining the social history of the viola in Britain, and recorded previously-unheard virtuosic British repertoire of the early twentieth-century. Victoria currently teaches at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. She is grateful for the support of the Sir Jack Lyons Foundation, the Royal Academy of Music Scholarship fund, the Trinity Laban Scholars Fund, and the Terry Holmes Foundation. She performs on a 1917 Azzoli viola, with the use of 1880 Hill bow, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.