Originally from Canada, Bernadene Blaha first came to international attention at the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition. She was also a prizewinner at the Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Masterplayers International Music Competition, Lugano, Switzerland; and the 11th Annual International Piano Competition, New York City, resulting in recital appearances at Carnegie Hall and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Soon afterward, she was featured in the opening orchestra concert and a solo recital at the XXIX International Chopin Festival in Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic, and in solo recitals at the Phillips Collection in London and in Washington, DC.
A highly regarded chamber musician, Blaha is a regular guest at international festivals including, the Newport, Tucson Winter Chamber Music, Bard and San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music festivals; La Jolla SummerFest; Festival of the Sound; Banff Festival of the Arts; and Australia Festival of Music. Blaha resides in Los Angeles, and is a member of the keyboard faculty at USC’s Thornton School of Music where she is an associate professor.