Born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, Bernard Kane, violist and composer, holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Doctor of Musical Arts), Yale University (Master of Music) and the Royal College of Music, London (B. Mus. Honours). He studied viola with Roger Best, Simon Rowland-Jones, Jesse Levine and David Harding.
He has worked with the orchestras of English and Welsh National Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Bristol Ensemble, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Quincy Jones Orchestra. A keen chamber musician, he has played in master classes with the Tokyo, Colorado and Arditti string quartets; he has also taken part at the Academy of the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. He founded the Cardiff based chamber ensemble Chameleon Cymru in 2000 and is the violist in the Hillman Quartet.
In addition to performing, Bernard has enjoyed narrating with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and at the Norfolk Chamber Music festival. His performance of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales was broadcast nationwide throughout Canada on Christmas Day, 2005.
Carl studied viola at the Guildhall School of Music with Mark Knight and Paul Silverthorne. After leaving college, he moved to Athens, and then Spain, where he was principal viola of the Real Philharmonia de Galicia. He returned to the UK in 1999, joining the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as sub-principal viola.
Carl is now living in Penarth, enjoying the diversity of freelancing. He has performed as guest principal viola with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, English Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Swan, along with performing concertos and chamber music with various ensembles.