Bernard Walz made his conducting debut with the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra in June, 2010 and his US conducting debut in Colorado, USA (Pueblo Symphony Orchestra) in February, 2011. In October Bernard conducted Strathfield Symphony Orchestra at the inaugural “Breakfast On Bondi” event as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. He has recently completed his Master of Music Studies degree with the University of Melbourne, studying conducting with John Hopkins. He completed his orchestration studies with Berklee School of Music (Boston, USA), and holds a Diploma of Educational Studies with the London College of Teachers (UK).
Bernard studied classical piano from the age of six years and has established an
international reputation for his dynamic concert performances. He is the winner of three consecutive Australian Entertainment “MO” Awards as “Variety Instrumentalist of the Year” for Excellence in Live Performance. Internationally, he has been awarded four “Instrumentalist of the Year”, two “Entertainer of the Year” and “Variety Artist of the Year” awards with six-star Crystal Cruises, Inc. His debut recording, “Piano Passion” was a Number One success in Australia (1994), knocking the Three Tenor’s Dodger Stadium album from the top of the charts upon its release. Bernard is currently working with his long-standing mentor and friend, Maestro Tommy Tycho, to complete Tommy’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (the 2nd movement of which is featured in this programme).
Bernard’s performing career has included performances at the Concert Hall of the Opera House in Sydney, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Melbourne Concert Hall,
Adelaide Festival Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane, as well as Festival Hall in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Village Vanguard in New York. He has toured in
Australia and internationally with legendary harmonica virtuoso, the late Larry Adler, and with the “Phantom” himself, Michael Crawford.