Violinist David Bernat is a C.V Starr Doctoral Fellow at the Juilliard School, where he studies with Joseph Lin, and is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Soovin Kim. This season he joins Ensemble Connect for their 2023-2025 fellowship program, in performance and outreach in the New York area.
David has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood, at Red Barn Chamber Music in Iowa City, and in recitals throughout the United States, Germany, and China. He was recently featured on the BBC Radio 3 program, In Tune, and at WQXR’s Greene Space as part of Juilliard’s annual ChamberFest. For the past three seasons, he has been an Artist in Residence at the Grace Note Farm recital series, where he also serves as artistic director of the Grace Note Farm Music Festival. As soloist, David has performed concertos with the Ft. Dodge Symphony and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and is a 3rd Prize winner of the 2020 World Bach Competition hosted by the Boulder Bach Festival and a semi-finalist of the 2018 Hudson Valley String Competition.
In the summers, David has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, New Fromm Player at Tanglewood, a fellow at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and has attended the Music Mountain Chamber Music Masterclasses, and Moritzburg Festival Academy, working with artists such as Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank, Colin Carr, and members of the Juilliard, Borromeo and Brentano String Quartets, and conductors including Andris Nelsons, Herbert Blomstedt, Ivan Fischer, Marin Alsop, Hugh Wolff, and Bramwell Tovey.
David has had frequent opportunities to collaborate and perform music by some of the leading living composers, having worked closely with Thomas Ades, John Adams, John Harbison, Augusta Read Thomas, Fred Lerdahl, and George Walker. David continues to be committed to expanding community access to classical music, and has twice been a fellow of New England Conservatory’s Community Performance and Partnerships program. He has shared his music at retirement communities, shelters, and hospitals throughout the Boston area, and at the Women’s Lunch Place as part of Music for Food.