Portrait Bernadette; photo credit: Peter Stevenson Photography

Photo credit: Peter Stevenson Photography

Bernadette Kellermann is a fiddle player and composer based in Glasgow. She is currently in her third year of studying BMus Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Glasgow.

Born on 21st August 1996 in Regensburg, Germany, Bernadette has been playing the violin since the age of 5. She received classical tuition by Werner Marzahn for 12 years. After 4 years, she expanded on approaches to Jazz and improvisation as well as Eastern European folk music. Motivated by the sheer joy of playing this ‘new’ music, she attended various music festivals, workshops and master classes since the age of nine.

In September 2011 she attended a workshop with Adam Sutherland in Austria. Group fiddle tuition, individual lessons and tune writing classes, all lead by Adam Sutherland, completely opened her mind for Scottish music and its creation and re-invention.

She started to prepare for her application for the BA Scottish Music programme, offered by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. In November 2013 she passed the audition process successfully and was awarded with a scholarship for the time of her studies at the Conservatoire.

Meanwhile she worked on completing her education at an academic grammar school in Regensburg, Germany, including additional practical examinations on classical violin. In June 2014 she graduated successfully.

In September 2014 she started the BA Scottish music degree and has been based in Glasgow since then. This lead to her being part of remarkable performances including collaborations with Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain and the RSNO, diverse projects for the renown winter festival Celtic Connections in Glasgow or international tours to the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton (Canada) or an extensive tour in Europe with the Irish dance-show Irish Celtic Generations in Belgium, France and Andorra.

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Currently Bernadette is taught by Scottish fiddle player Marie Fielding and additionally mentored by Greg Lawson. Her teachers include Steve Forman (Rhythm Theory), Marc Duff (whistle), Mairi MacInnes (Gaelic Song), Lori Watson (Scots Song and Research), Mairi Campbell (Folk Improvisation), Hamish Napier (Composition and Arrangement) and Jenn Butterworth (Professional Practice).

She also works regularly as a fiddle tutor, teaching all abilities and age groups. This has included private tuition as well as work for public organisations and festivals.