Besides performing as a collaborative pianist, Bernard is also in great demand as a vocal coach and répétiteur. He has been coaching and preparing singers in different genres of Western art songs, opera arias, and even Chinese art and folksongs.
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 coachings.
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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 presents to a singer and actively helps to find ways to overcome these.”
CATE HULME, soprano at Opera Mint
In recent times, 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…I can easily see Bernard as an excellent Italian language and music coach.”
MATTEO DALLE FRATTE, Italian Coach at Royal Opera House