Andrew Bernardi graduated from Leeds University then studied violin with John Ludlow, the late Hugh Bean CBE and Francis Mason. After winning the lebel postgraduate scholarship and leading all the orchestras at Trinity College of Music, Andrew entered the music profession where has has been in demand as one of the UK’s most successful and versatile violinists and an advocate of English music. He formed his Bernardi Music Group whilst also performing with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Guildford Philharmonic and London Concert Orchestra. He performs annually in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, and has played internationally in Sweden, Lucerne in Switzerland and Hong Kong. Performances include two national tours of Ireland and venues are as varied as the Barbican, schools, Warner Brothers studio and even on water with Cunard and Noble Caledonian!
Andrew has performed with artists as varied as Nigel Kennedy, Natalie Cole and the late Lord Menuhin, as well as being asked to play on several sound tracks including the sequel to ‘Talented Mr Ripley'. Andrew has made cameo appearances in films such as ‘Nanny McPhee’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice'. Andrew has broadcast for the BBC with Katrin Finch and Lawrence Cummings, and has commissioned over thirty significant new works including John Lord’s (former Deep Purple keyboard player) ‘To Notice Such Things’ which reached number 4 in the Classic FM charts.
Andrew believes passionately in the importance of working with young musicians and this interest has lead him to serve as a Member of Professorial staff at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is also founder and Artistic Director of Shipley Arts Festival and String Academy. The String Academy attracts the leading string players from across Sussex and Surrey, and is delivering an inspirational two year project with the Yehudi Menuhin School and Windlesham House together with the counties' enrichment programme for over 300 schools. Andrew has also led successful collaborations with Charterhouse and Christ's Hospital schools and will shortly be contributing to the Whitgift Foundation as a guest of the School and Prince Andrew.
Andrew supports many local and national charities raising over £3million for good causes including Kampala Music School, Burrswood, Chichester Cathedral, West Sussex Music, City Gateway, Sussex Arts Academy (for which he is a Trustee Director) and St Catherine’s Hospice.
Andrew plays on a violin by Antonio Stradivarius and a fine bow by Voirin formerly owned by the late Lord Menuhin. He is very grateful to his fellow Stradivarius investors, and enjoys the realisation that he has become a leading music entrepreneur in addition to being a violinist. Andrew’s great passions are music, sailing, architecture, and classic performance automobile racing.
Andrew Bernardi with his Stradivarius violin