Sibbi Bernhardsson

(on leave for 2020 season)
Sibbi Bernhardsson began playing violin at the age of six in his native Iceland. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet from 2000 to 2017 he performed over 90 concerts a year worldwide in many of the leading concert halls in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia including Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall, New York’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sibbi has performed at festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, Aspen Music Festival and School, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and the Iceland Art Festival. With the Pacifica Quartet he has received several honors including the Grammy Award, the Musical America Ensemble of the Year, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Collaborations include those with Menahem Pressler, Yo- Yo Ma, Jörg Widmann, Lynn Harrell, the Emerson Quartet, and members of the Guarneri and Cleveland Quartets. His television appearances include the Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and the MTV Europe Music Awards with award-winning rock artist Björk.

In 2017, Sibbi joined the faculty of Oberlin Conservatory of Music as professor of violin. He was previously on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 2012 to 2017 and the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign from 2003 to 2012. He also held artist residencies at the University of Chicago, Longy School of Music, and Northwestern University. Sibbi gives regular recitals, master classes and string quartet seminars in Iceland and the United States, and has appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. Sibbi’s teachers include Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Almita and Roland Vamos, Matias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi.