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Simon Bernardini

About this Artist

SIMON BERNARDINI has been assistant conductor for Sir Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which he previously conducted in five different programs from 2008 (conducting debut at the Philharmonie in Berlin) to 2017 and his assistant conductor during the 2018-2019 season which made him conduct the London Symphony Orchestra. He is also the artistic director of Musica nei Borghi since 2004 as part as the Festival Opera Barga in Italy as well as musical director of the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana until 2017.

He studied conducting at the Conservatoire de Paris and with Bernard Haitink at the Musikhochschule in Lucerne. In 1999 he made his conducting debut in Paris and was in the following years guest conductor at the Opéra Comique in Paris and conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxemburg as well. His conducting activity has brought him intensively in Asia and South America, in addition to Europe in both opera and symphonic repertoire.

As a violinist, he has been serving as concertmaster for the Juilliard Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France and  and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has collaborated with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as well.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed at Carnegie Hall (1999, 2007 and 2009), at the Lincoln Center and the Bargemusic Concerts in New York, the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmonic Hall as well as the La Scala Theatre in Milan. His activities are regularly recorded and broadcast in the world. In 2007 the French critic made his nrecording of piano trios of Liszt win the Diapason d’Or. His first recording for Deutsche Grammophon came out in 2013. He is professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and guest professor in numerous universities in the world.