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Sibbi Bernhardsson, Violin

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.