Bernadeta Astari (1988) has been trained as a classical singer from an early age in Jakarta, Indonesia. Receiving her first singing lesson at six, then focusing on classical singing at the age of nine, receiving lessons from among the best classical singers and conductors in the country, such as Aning Katamsi & Avip Priatna. Ever since she was singing regularly in choirs as a chorister and soloists before she decided to pursue her education in classical singing performance at Utrecht Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands.
During her studies, she received many different scholarships from Dutch government (Nuffic & Huygens) as well from private funds (Staethuys fonds, Cultuurfonds Soetlieve, het Leye Fonds & Stichting van de Linden). She won the Princess Christina Concours in 2007 and finished her master studies with cum laude in 2012. At that same year winning the Dutch Classical Talent 2012 and the Youth Prize of International Vocalista Concours s'Hertogenbosch. Followed by an opera studio education at Opera Studio Nederland Amsterdam and received two times scholarships from Franz Schubert Institute, a prestigious intensive German Lieder course in Baden bei Wien, Austria.
Since then Bernadeta has interpreted different roles (download repertoire list) within different genres for many opera and music theater companies such as De Nederlandse Reisopera (the Dutch Touring Opera), Opera de Vesoul, Theater Rotterdam & Touki Delphine, LeineRoebana, Nico and the Navigators Berlin, and Het Geluid Maastricht. As a concert soloist, she has been working with many renowned orchestras and ensembles such as Nederlands Kamerorkest, Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Camerata RCO, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, and Euskal Barrok Ensemble. She has worked with renowned conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, David Parry, Gustav Gimeno, and Lucas Vis. Collaborated with acclaimed stage directors such as Marcel Sijm, Paul Carr, David Prins, Floris Visser, Alexander Oliver and Paul Koek.
Bernadeta also has enormous experience as a lied singer together with her duo partner, pianist Kanako Inoue. They have been touring in many concert halls in Indonesia, Japan, and in The Netherlands during 'Het Debuut' tour organised by the Dutch Classical Talent 2011/2012 of het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. They won the competition in 2012 and recorded an album "Perjalanan". Since then she has collaborated regularly with established musicians such as Lestari Scholtes, Gerard Bouwhuis, Celia Garciá-Garciá, Remy van Kesteren, Merel Vercammen, Pieternel Berkers, Dana Zemtsov, and Dominique Vleeshouwers. She also recorded a few albums such as Britten's "Les Illuminations" with Britten Youth String Orchestra, electronic meets baroque "Kitchen Ballads" (label TCBYML) with Touki Delphine, free improvisation ''The Zoo" (label TRPTK) with Merel Vercammen, and folk/medieval "Juan Sebastian Elkano" (label Alia Vox) with Euskal Barrok Ensemble. Not forgetting her involvement with a folk/baroque ensemble 'Les Sélénites' with musicians from Catalunya & Bretagne.
She has been invited to perform in various festivals such as Grachtenfestival, Festival Camino de Santiago, International Chamber Music festival Utrecht, November Music, Wonderfeel, Klassifest, Down the Rabbit Hole, Oerol, Over het IJ Festival, and Samosir Musicfest in Indonesia. She was also selected to sing at the opening of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014, in front of the 53 world leaders in The Hague, The Netherlands.
During her studies, Bernadeta had the privileges to receive trainings and masterclasses from different master teachers and coaches, among others: Henny Diemer, Ann Murray, Elly Ameling, Cynthia Hoffmann, Jennifer Dakin, Kirsten Schötteldreier, Rudolf Jansen, Irwin Gage, Susan Manoff, and Julius Drake. Ranging from Bel Canto school of singing to the holistic approach of singing that she got from those experiences, Bernadeta continues her journey to find her own formula to develop her own coaching and workshop style. She believes that true freedom is the place where the real singing begins. She is a regular guest for Prospettiva Vocal Camp in Indonesia.