Jad Bernardo Resume

      Pianist Jad Bernardo has been praised for his "extraordinary keyboard skills, ease of technique and surprising poise." His collaborative and music directing engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Joe's Pub, and recitals in Washington D.C., Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana. A frequent collaborator with singers of opera and musical theater, Jad has performed with elite from both the operatic and Broadway communities. In addition to his collaborative work, he has been a featured artist on New York City's Musaic Concert Series.

Jad musically directed FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE(featuring Nathan Best, Grammy Winner and member of the legendary band the O'Jays) and EVITA for Knoxville's Bijou Theater, AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' for Northern Stage, VT, RAGTIME with C.A.S.T., and THE JOHNNY at NYC's 2008 Fringe Festival. He musically directed seven productions for NYC's Vital Theatre Company including EXTRAORDINARY (Int'l Fringe Festival 2005 Winner of Best Music and Lyrics) and the current Off-Broadway hit PINKALICIOUS!

During his graduate studies, he served as coach for Puccini's Suor Angelica Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and Menotti's THE TELEPHONE. He served as a pianist/repetiteur for Garden State Opera's productions of SUOR ANGELICA and BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE and most recently, Anchorage Opera's productions of SUOR ANGELICA/ I PAGLIACCI and EUGENE ONEGIN. Jad recently conducted the 2010 premiere of Kristin Hevner's electronica opera WEDNESDAY BEFORE LAST at New York City's Musaic Concert Series.

He holds a Masters from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Bachelors from the Florida State University. He studied piano with Ruben Malan, Dr. Christy Lee, and James Streem. He won first place prizes in MTNA and FSMTA's collegiate artist piano competitions and has appeared in recital engagements throughout the United States. Since graduate school, Jad has coached for New York University, Singers Forum, Regional Center for the Arts, CAST Voice Studio, Broadway Babes CT, Brooklyn Theater Arts Academy, and American Dance and Drama Studio.

Updated:  June 4, 2011

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