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Victoria Bernath, FRSM as shot by Nick Rutter.


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 Hall√© 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.


2017 Finalist Anton Rubinstein International Music Competition
2016 Winner, Peter Law Talent Scheme Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
2016 York Bowen Achievement Award Royal Academy of Music
2013 Performer / Composer Award Terry Holmes Award
2013-2016 Research Award Sir Jack Lyons Foundation
2011 Winner (1st Prize) Cavertina International Chamber Music Competition, Trinity Laban

Publications & Recordings

2017 Middle Fiddle No More. British viola concerti and the rise of viola virtuosity 1880-1910 (PhD thesis) University of York


2009 Colour Wheel Electronics and String Quartet
2012 The Cremation of Sam McGee Mezzo and String Quartet
2012 Apertif String Quartet
2012 Triptych Doubled Orchestra
2012-15 En France String Quartet
2013 Remains of Elmet (composed in conjunction with J. Whittle) Concerto for sinfonietta and violist-vocalist
2014 Detritus Clarinet and Voice
2014 Spectra Electronics and String Ensemble commissioned by the Canadian Space Agency
2015 Carnivore Violist-vocalist and Large Ensemble commissioned by the Spring Festival 2015
2015 Red_Soliloquy Violist-vocalist commissioned by the Petrus Alamire Music Festival
2015-16 A Day With Picasso
2016 Cauchemare
2016 Tides Solo chamber opera for violist-vocalist, commissioned by the Concertgebouw Brugge