Guilherme Bernstein

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Guilherme Bernstein is Professor of Orchestral Conducting and Conductor of the Orchestra of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State (UNIRIO), which he regularly leads in the most important concert spaces in Rio, such as Sala Cecília Meireles and Theatro Municipal. He has guest-conducted ensembles such as the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (OSB), National Symphony Orchestra (OSN-UFF) and the symphonic orchestras of Porto Alegre, Goiânia, Recife, Espírito Santo etc. as well as the Opera and Theater Orchestra of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory and the Israel Chamber soloists, among others. He was Conductor of the Orchestra of Theatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, the city’s century-old opera and ballet theatre, and served as Music Director of the Barra Mansa Symphony Orchestra, an “El Sistema” type orchestra to which he was fundamental in bringing to the forefront of the Brazilian musical scene. He is Artistic Director of the Opera Festival of Ouro Preto, FOOP.

His compositions – including his String Serenade and Piano Concerto, both published by the Brazilian Academy of Music - much piano and chamber music as well as the sound track for the film The Other Side of the Street – are being performed in Brazil, EUA, Russia and Europe. His comic opera O Caixeiro da Taverna was performed in four different Brazilian cities in 2022 alone, including the Amazon Opera Festival FAO. This same year sees the premiere of his second opera, Serafim e o Lugar onde não se morre, with enthusiastic response from the public of Vitória, ES. In his webpage one can find links to the digital albuns Noturnos Tropicais, where Fabio Luz plays some of his short piano pieces, French Connection, where Duo Linspector performs his Violin Sonata, his soundtrack for the award winnig film The Other Side of the Street and much more. Guilherme was the honored composer of the 29o Piano Competition of the city of Ituiutaba, MG.

Guilherme Bernstein has an Artist Diploma in orchestral conducting from the Hartt School of Music, where he studied with Maestro Harold Farberman, is a BM in conducting and MM in composition from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Doctor of Music from UniRio. He is the author of Sobre Poética e Forma em Villa-Lobos - Primitivismo e Estrutura nos Choros Orquestrais, co-author of Do Tédio de Alvorada ao Uirapuru - partituras de estudo comentadas and editor of several scores of the Brazilian orchestral repertoire, found in his website and at Musica Brasilis.

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