Frieder Bernius - born 1947 - Germany. Three dates mark important events in the artistic career of Frieder Bernius. In 1968 he founded the Kammerchor Stuttgart(Chamber Choir of Stuttgart) with the intention of raising the a cappella choir music to the level of professional orchestral music.
Since 1977 Frieder Bernius has collaborated with leading orchestras in order to reach an acoustical
balance between the vocal and instrumental parts in the choral-symphonic literature.
In this respect he does not restrict his work exclusively to any musical period.
In 1985/1987 at his initiative, the Barockorchester Stuttgart (Baroque Orchestra of Stuttgart)
and the Internationale Festtage Alter Musik Stuttgart (International Festival of Ancient Music
Stuttgart) were founded. Both of these institutions are meant to foster a stronger interest in the
authentic performance practice of 17th and 18th -century music.
Frieder Bernius' great success in Germany and abroad encouraged him to proceed in this style
of interpretation. With the Kammerchor Stuttgart he won prizes at several international
competitions. He received invitations from all over the world and made, for example, a tour of
the Far East in 1988 and of the USA in 1989. He is a guest conductor at all Germany and in many
European radio stations and conducts his ensembles at many important musical festivals.
Many of Frieder Bernius' recordings, which now amount to over 40, have been awarded the
Vierteljahrespreis der Deutchen Shallplattenkritik (Quarterly Award of the German Record Critics)
and the Prädikat des Deutchen Shallplattenpreises (Predicate of the German Record Prize).
In May 1990 he received the Edison Prize (Holland) for his recording of Symphoniae Sacrare III
by Heinrich Schütz with the Musica Fiata Köln. In November of the same year he won the Diapason
d'or (France) for his recording of of the 'Missa Dei Filii' by Jan Dismas Zelenka with
the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Frieder Bernius has been on contract with Sony Classical since 1989. In the field of authentic
performance practices he also works with ensembles othe than the Stuttgart groups,
for example with the Musica Fiata Köln, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Paris and
Tafelmusic from Toronto.
Bulgarian conductor Krastin Nastev has held professional conducting positions in his home country
as well as in Turkey, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany. His most recent engagements include
his debut with Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sofia National Opera, as well as studio
Krastin Nastev graduated with degrees in choral and orchestral conducting at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and continued his studies at
Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, as well as the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland.
He has participated in conducting master classes led by conductors Frieder Bernius, Lutz Köhler,
Bruno Aprea, Donato Renzetti and Gianluigi Gelmetti.
As a choral conductor, he has been a finalist at the conducting competition Mariele Ventre in
Bologna, Italy, and hold several award from the international conducting competition
Europa Cantat. In 2014, he was a jury member at the international Saint Petersburg Choral Contest
and a year later was invited as a member of the jury at Hong Kong International Children´s and
Youth Choirs Festival. Together with the prominent Bulgarian conductor and teacher Krikor
Chetinyan, he is the founder of the Plovdiv annual workshop for young choral conductors
in his home country of Bulgaria.