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The Bradetich Foundation and Solano Basses



About Nina Bernat


Ms. Bernant will be giving a concert at the University of North Texas sponsored by Solano Basses, as well as a masterclass with selected students from the Bradetich Masterclasses and Bass Camps and a Lecture as part of the Summer Activities in the camps. 

Check out her bio:


"23-year-old double bassist Nina Bernat, acclaimed for her interpretive maturity, expressive depth and technical clarity, emerges onto the world stage with awards and accolades, thrilling audiences everywhere. 


In 2023, Nina is honored as a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the CAG Elmaleh Competition. Recent 1st prizes include the Barbash J.S. Bach String Competition, the Minnesota Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the Juilliard Double Bass Competition, and the 2019 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition.


Nina began her studies with her father, double bassist Mark Bernat. A recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, she continued her studies with bassist Tim Cobb and cellist Astrid Schween. She is currently completing her Artist Diploma at Juilliard.


Engaged in all aspects of double bass performance, in 2019 she was invited to perform as guest principal bassist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, serving under the batons of András Schiff and Osmo Vänskä. Additionally, as a substitute musician, Nina has appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and plays regularly in that capacity with the New York Philharmonic. 


Nina is in demand as a passionate chamber musician. She begins her involvement with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as a member of the Bowers Program in 2024. Among her regional chamber performances are appearances with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Series, and Mostly Music. 

Nina’s 2023-2024 season includes a concerto debut with the Minnesota Orchestra and performances as guest principal of the Oslo Philharmonic. 


Nina performs on a beautiful and sonorous early-18th century bass, handed down to her from her father. Attribution Guadagnini.  "


Program Notes



Review: Osmo Vänskä returns for an ear-opening Minnesota Orchestra concert of new music

"The standout on the latter account was bassist Nina Bernat. The most famous bass concertos are those by Italian romantic Giovanni Bottesini, and this 23-year-old made that composer's second concerto exhilarating, love, and lyrical. Bernat is technically precise and impressively emotive, most memorably on the concerto's slow movement, when she made her instrument sound like a lovestruck operatic tenor. And the finale was an adrenaline rush that was full of cleanly executed fast passages."

-Rob Hubbard, Star Tribune

Check out her recent work and get ready for an exciting concert in the North Texas Area:

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