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Maestro David Bernard Wins a FIRST PRIZE In The Orchestral Conducting Competition Of The American Prize

he American Prize Competition 2012 has announced that David Bernard (, Music Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony ( has been awarded a FIRST PRIZE in Orchestral Conducting.

The American Prize is a series of national competitions for ensembles and individuals. Mr. Bernard was chosen from a diverse group of conductors from across the United States.

"Congratulations to Maestro Bernard on receiving this prestigious and well-deserved award," says Andrea Berger, Administrative Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony. "We are excited that his artistic leadership and musicianship are being recognized on a national level. We look forward to many more years of collaboration and exciting music making with him."

"This is a terrific honor," says Maestro Bernard. "These awards recognize the intense passion and commitment of musicians and ensembles that nourish and brighten our communities. With The American Prize, these efforts are given a national focus."

Bernard has led performances in more than 20 countries on four continents. His performances have been heard in many of New York City's most prestigious venues, among them Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, and The Riverside Church, on radio stations WNYC and WQXR and telecast on WCBS, and through an extensive catalog of recordings on iTunes, Naxos/ClassicsOnline, Amazon and Spotify. He and his work have been profiled in Symphony Magazine,, The Juilliard Journal, The New York Daily News, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Bernard has led the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony on a nine-city tour of the People's Republic of China and has appeared as a guest conductor with the China Conservatory/Ithaca College Faculty Contemporary Ensemble, New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and the Putnam Symphony.

Bernard served as Music Director of the Stony Brook University Orchestra, the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island and Theater Three. He also held the post of Assistant Conductor of both the Jacksonville and Stamford symphony orchestras. Bernard is an alumnus of The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Stony Brook University, Tanglewood and Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and studied with Sergiu Celibdache, David Lawton, Roger Nierenberg and Arthur Weisberg.

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