Headlines from Reviews – Bernardo Grossenbacher as a conductor :

Dvorak: extremely lively interpretation, characterized by generosity and drive. (Missa)

Dvorak: The High school students, the Biel orchestra and the soloists offered a moving performance (Stabat Mater)

Gilgamesh: unforgettable reference to Martinu

Daetwyler: the fact that the rendition could captivate and touch the audience thus, is the merit of thorough and detailed rehearsals, which the choir of the University of Bern and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, conducted by Bernardo Grossenbacher, demonstrated. (First performance *Haslikantate* with alphorn-solo!  and Danses)

Confident, perceptive and inspiring leadership of the conductor Bernardo Grossenbacher 

Hugo Wolf: velvety orchestral sound (Goethe, harp player)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: the choir demonstrated a rich spectrum in dynamical values (Five Mystical Songs)

Maurice Durufle: Distinctively magic sound. Beautifully lined up choir, soloists and orchestra under the unadorned and concise signalling of the conductor Bernardo Grossenbacher (Requiem)

Thematic sound programs: the Symphonic Orchestra of Bern and the choir of the University are exceptions: they create structured, carefully designed concert programs

John Rutter: the frilly jazzy “Sacred Works” created enthusiasm

Carl Orff: an intoxicating success. (Carmina Burana) the captivating effect of the performance meant that parts had to be repeated.

Mozart Requiem: An experience of great impressiveness. Credible grief.

Rossini: splendid concert. (Mass Solenelle)

Haendel: unique experience (Saul) natural transparent line management, clear editing of the lyrical and dramatic elements, based on a well-measured pace choice.

Puccini: a captivating surprise (Missa di Gloria


Headlines from Reviews – Bernardo Grossenbacher as a composer

Greates event was the premier of “Coeli et Terra” by Bernardo Grossenbacher, an expressive orchestrated composition.

The “Berner Totentanz” (The Bernese death dance) is simple and without embellishments and concessions, sometimes contoured strongly (Adam) and sometimes contoured softly and elegiacly (Death)

Apotheosis of rhythm. “JADA” generated from the excited audience spontaneous applause .

Microtonal Works: highly differentiated sounds, measured pacing, until the meditative mood


Chamber music performances in the format or style of (big) bands hardly obtain any reviews in newspapers.

Gershwin: brilliant class all around (“Porgy and Bess”, arranged by BG)

Gershwin: huge success! (“Porgy and Bess”, arranged by BG)