Bernhardur Wilkinson began his musical studies at an early age as a chorister at Westminster Abbey in London. He entered the Royal Northern College of Music in 1969 where his principle study was the flute. In 1999 he was appointed assistant conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the first performance of Atli Heimir Sveinsson´s first symphony and also premiered the first symphony by the Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen, which later won the Nordic Music Prize. In September 2002 he conducted the Academy Orchestra of St. Petersburg and was offered a subscription concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra of St. Petersburg in June 2004 at the Festival of Friends. He has since then conducted the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria. The CD "Nordic Spell" where Bernhardur conducts the Tómasson  flute concerto with Sharon Bezaly won the Midem award in Cannes for best contemporary record. In her review of the premiere of the first Faroese opera by Sunleif Rasmussen, Ms Hilary Finch wrote in The Times 18 October 2006 that "The mastermind of the evening was the conductor Bernhardur Wilkinson, who held this complex music-drama together with precision and enthusiastic commitment". Read more
In May 2008 Bernharður will appear with the Swingle Singers in a concert with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra performing part of the Sinfonia by Berio.


Bernhar­ur Wilkinson
H°vdag°ta 11
FO-160 Argir
Faroe Islands
Tel +298 311033 / 223224