Interview - Philippe Bernold
At the end of the interview, Bernold highlights some differences between being a student in the past and what it's like to be now: “in the past, you had to go out and get knowledge, in fact, you had to smuggle it. You had to go and listen to one master here, take a private lesson with another who hated the previous one, go to a masterclass with a third who was still in another place, in another perspective, in another aesthetic. And it was necessary to search. Now, it's true that everything is a bit ready-made, if only because of the Internet. I mean, if you want to hear a performance of a Bach sonata, you have 50. In the old days, a Bach sonata, you'd have Rampal and you'd have to go and hear him in concert or buy his record (...) I like the idea of smuggling because it also refers to the way of knocking on a door and getting knowledge”.
...in the past, you had to go out and get knowledge, in fact, you had to smuggle it (...) Now, it's true that everything is a bit ready-made, if only because of the Internet. I mean, if you want to hear a performance of a Bach sonata, you have 50
In 1987 he won First Prize in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition in Paris.
Philippe Bernold began his musical education in Colmar, France, studying the flute and later composition and conducting under the tutelage of René Matter. Later, he attended the National Paris Conservatoire where his notable skill was recognized and earned him First Prize in flute. The following year at only 23-years-old, Bernold was appointed first flute at the Opéra National de Lyon. After winning First Prize at the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Competition in Paris, Bernold was able to launch a successful career as a soloist, performing with world famous artists such as: M. Rostropovitch, R. Capuçon, G. Opitz, and A. Tharaud; as well as with many widely-acclaimed orchestras including the Paris Orchestra, Manchester Hallé Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, National Orchestra of Lyon, Tokyo and Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, among many more. The accomplished flautist has been directed by highly esteemed conductors including: S. Bychkov, J. E. Gardiner, L. Maazel, K. Nagano, Sir Y. Menuhin, M. Inoué, and T. Koopman. He has performed in concert halls worldwide including but not limited to the Royal Festival Hall in London, Warsaw Philharmonic, the Seoul Art Center in South Korea, and Tchaïkovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Years later, Philippe Bernold returned to conducting after founding “Les Virtuoses de l’Opéra de Lyon.” After its formation, the ensemble was lauded for its high level of artistry. Since then, he has been invited to conduct concerts with such ensembles including the Sinfonia Varsovia, Bilbao, the National Opera Orchestra of Lyon, Baden Baden Philharmonie, Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Philharmonic Orchestra of Marseille, Kanazawa Ensemble (Japan), and more. Additionally, Philippe Bernold has made many accomplished recordings. Most notably, Bernard was the recipient of the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros for his very first recording in 1989. Philippe Bernold is Professor of Chamber Music and flute at the National Paris Conservatoire.