Bernadene Blaha’s “brilliant command of the piano,” whether as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician, has been heralded in performances throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Piano & Keyboard magazine praised her “integrity…lovely sonorities and total clarity of line.” Highlights of the 2016-17 season include return engagements at the Piatigorsky Cello and Newport Music festivals, Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, Worcester Chamber Music Society as well as performances throughout the US, Canada, France and Italy.
Blaha first came to international attention as a prizewinner in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Young Keyboard Artists International Piano Competition, the Masterplayers International Competition and the 11th Annual International Piano Competition, which resulted in highly acclaimed recital appearances at Carnegie Recital Hall and the Lincoln Center Library. Soon afterward, Blaha was featured in a solo recital and the opening orchestra concert at the XXIX International Chopin Festival, followed by performances at the Concertgebouw, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, the Phillips Collection and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Blaha is a founding member of the piano trio Latitude 41, formed in 2009 with violinist Livia Sohn and cellist Luigi Piovano. Their debut album, featuring Schubert’s monumental Trio in E-flat Major and “Notturno,” was released in 2011 on the Eloquentia label to rave reviews. The group followed this success with a recordings of the Saint-Saëns and Brahms trios. Blaha’s discography also includes recordings for the CBC, Centaur and Analekta labels.
Also in demand as a teacher, adjudicator and clinician, Blaha has received the National Arts Foundation’s Outstanding Teacher Recognition Award. She has been invited to serve on the juries of the Gina Bachauer International Artist Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Competition and the 2015 International E-Competition.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Blaha has been an associate professor on the keyboard faculty at USC’s Thornton School of Music since 1993.