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Double bassist Nina Bernat is the first prize winner at the 2022 Lillian and Maurice Barbash J.S. Bach String Competition, 2019 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition and first and grand prize winner of the 2022 Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition. At the age of 19, she won the principal bass position with the Israel Philharmonic. She served as principal during concerts under Adrás Schiff and Osmo Vänskä. As a recipient of the 2019 Keston MAX Fellowship, she performed with the London Symphony Orchestra on a subscription series concert at the Barbican Centre and in a chamber music concert for LSO Discovery Day at LSO St. Lukes. 


Particularly interested in chamber music, she has performed with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Bridgehampton Chamber Music, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and been a part of Juilliard ChamberFest. Additionally, Nina performed Mozart’s Per Questa Bella Mano with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra in Alice Tully Hall as winner of the Juilliard Double Bass Competition. 


Nina began studying under the instruction of her father and former member of the Israel Philharmonic, Mark Bernat. She has continued her studies with Tim Cobb and cellist Astrid Schween at the Juilliard School as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. She has been an invited participant of festivals such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Yellowbarn Young Artists Program, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Her 2023 summer plans include a residency at the Grace Note Farm Chamber Music Festival and Marlboro Music Festival.

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