(Colombia, b. 1959)

An outstanding Latin American conductor, composer, and teacher, Sergio Bernal is the Director of Orchestral Studies and a professor of music at Utah State University.

A native Colombian, Bernal studied on a full scholarship and stipend with Lorin Maazel, Günther Herbig, Erich Leinsdorf, and Eleazar De Carvalho in the Yale University/Affiliate Artists Conducting Program. He holds conducting degrees from Yale University and the University of Michigan (where he studied with Gustav Meier), and a PhD in Composition from the University of Utah. He received additional conducting training at the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center. In 1986 he apprenticed with the late Maestro Eduardo Mata at the Dallas Symphony and subsequently worked as Mr. Mata’s assistant in recording projects of the Ibero American symphonic repertoire.

A strong believer in the power of music as a catalyst for social change, Mr. Bernal worked for a decade at El Sistema in Venezuela, the country’s groundbreaking system of youth orchestras. There he served as music director of the Mérida Symphony Orchestra, was a permanent guest conductor and artistic advisor of orchestras nationwide, conducted in a South American tour of the Orquesta de Juventudes de los Países Andinos, and developed an orchestral conducting instructional video to be used by El Sistema in Venezuela and other Latin American countries.

As a composer, Mr. Bernal explores the popular and folk idioms from Ibero America and likes to do so in works for soloist and orchestra. His two concerti are written for prominent Venezuelan soloists and have received performances in the US and Venezuela. They are Arcano, dedicated to classical and folk violinist Eddy Marcano, and Andares, a trumpet concerto dedicated to the 2006 Maurice André Competition winner Francisco “Pacho” Flores.

Works by Sergio Bernal at Filarmonika Music Publishing

Works under Digital Distribution
Sonancias 2002 string orchestra 16:00
Variacones sobre la pavana “Belle qui tiens ma vie” 2004 choir & orchestra 12:00
Arcano 2007 violin & orchestra 25:00
Andares 2011 trumpet & orchestra 25:00
Adaptation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 2010 orchestra 130:00

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