Jeffrey Bernstein is known for his ability to inspire musicians and audiences alike. During the 19-year span of his career, he has conducted most of the major oratorio repertoire and led choirs on over a dozen tours of three continents.
A guest conductor in the United States and abroad, he has led Bach’s St. John Passion with Sanford Sylvan in Boston, Haydn’s The Creation with the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra and Arad State Philharmonic Chorus in Romania and Dvořák’s “Czech” Suite in D major with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra in Florida. Bernstein received his training in orchestral conducting from Jorge Mester, under whom he served as assistant conductor of the Pasadena Symphony for five years. He is also a prolific composer and in 2007, led a full concert of his own choral-orchestral music.
Bernstein founded the Pasadena Master Chorale in 2009 and serves now as artistic director. He is also artistic director of the Los Angeles Daiku. From 1997 to 2008, Bernstein was director of choral music at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In 2010, Bernstein’s broad musical interests came together in the creation of Life of Mozart, a theatrical framework for Mozart’s Requiem, premiering in Pasadena and Boston.