Besides performing as a collaborative pianist, Bernard is also an experienced vocal coach and opera répétiteur. He coaches a variety of repertoire of art songs and operatic numbers in the languages of Italian, German, French, English, Spanish, Latin and also Chinese.
Bernard develops a great interest in the integration of language and singing and its influence in the piano or orchestra part. He is known for his sensitivity to the text and imaginative musical suggestions in his coaching.
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“Bernard is a very supportive and encouraging person to work with; as well as being a brilliant pianist, he understands the challenges that different repertoire present to a singer and actively helps to find ways to overcome these.”
CATE HULME, soprano at Opera Mint
Bernard has also developed a specialisation in Italian diction and its function in operas and Italian songs. He is passionate about the language and is devoted to applying correct diction in support of an expressive singing with textual-musical inflections.
“His ability to understand how correct pronunciation can be combined with musicality and expressiveness was outstanding…Bernard is an excellent Italian language and music coach.”
MATTEO DALLE FRATTE, Italian Coach at Royal Opera House
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