Bernard Gordillo, Class of 1995
Bernard Gordillo, a native of Nicaragua, has performed on harpsichord and chamber organ throughout the United States, Western Europe, and Israel, appearing at a number of festivals and concert series including the Aldeburgh Festival, Berkeley Festival Fringe, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Cheltenham Festival of Music, Innsbruck International Festival of Early Music, Indiana University Summer Music Festival, Royaumont Saison Musicale, and Stoke Newington Early Music Festival.
Recent seasons have seen him perform with Baroque Northwest (Seattle), Music of the Baroque (Chicago), Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Catacoustic Consort (Cincinnati), and Camerata Bach (Managua, Nicaragua).
Bernard has accompanied in numerous masterclasses, notably at the Handel House Museum in London, the Innsbruck Summer Academy as accompanist-in-residence, and the Britten-Pears School where he was a Young Artist. He has been a staff accompanist in the Choral and Early Music departments at Indiana University, in addition to holding a long-term position as harpsichordist for its Pre-College Recorder Program.
Bernard was a finalist in the Guildhall Schoolís prestigious Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award for his group LíAURA and held a Corporation of London scholarship for Baroque keyboard accompaniment. In 2006, LíAURA was a first-prize winner of the Indiana University Latin American Music Centerís competition in the performance of music from Spain and Latin America. The ensemble was featured in a recording of wedding and ceremonial music entitled Beautiful Baroque, produced by WFIU Public Radio, Indiana University.
For five seasons, Bernard was the writer, programmer, and assistant producer for Harmonia, a nationally-syndicated Public Radio program dedicated to presenting early music in a new light. He was also the host and producer of the Harmonia Early Music Podcast. Both the program and podcast were productions of WFIU Public Radio.
From October 2011, he spent a year in Nicaragua as a Fulbright Fellow, looking for the vestiges of Spanish colonial music and culture, as well as exploring a large collection of manuscripts by 19th- and 20th-century Nicaraguan composers. During this period, he initiated a series of lectures on Nicaraguan music history at the National History Institute of Nicaragua and Central America ("IHNCA," Managua), where he was based during the fellowship. He also worked closely with the US Embassy in Managua, which presented him in a series of solo harpsichord recitals, in and out of the capital. He took part in a number of concerts at the Rubén Darío National Theater as both soloist and chamber musician, working closely with the nationally-recognized chamber ensemble Camerata Bach, in addition to appearing as concerto soloist with the Rubén Darío Youth Symphony.
Since completing the Fulbright year, Bernard has committed himself to the research he began in Nicaragua and continues his work at IHNCA. Most recently, he presented another cycle of lectures on Nicaraguan music history topics at the institute, his first documentary short film as part of the cycle, and collaborated with the French Embassy and Alliance française (Managua) in a national recital tour with French violinist Brigitte Ley. As well, he presented his first photography exhibition, "One Year in Nicaragua," in the capital as an extension of his first self-published book (2013) of the same title.
Bernard holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London).