B i o g r a p h y
Bernard Blary began his flute studies at the age of eleven with Marian Žekulin. He went on to study with Maureen Bennie before finally studying under Philippa Fitzgerald-Finch (formerly Fullerton) at the University of Calgary
Bernard has performed as principal flutist with orchestras throughout British Columbia, including the Burnaby Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Camplin, the Surrey City Orchestra under Stuart Martin and the Chilliwack Symphony Orchestra under Clyde Mitchell and Paula DeWit. He has also appeared with the Vancouver Island Symphony, the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, and the Richmond Orchestra among many others.
Bernard regularly performs with chamber ensembles in the Vancouver area. He was a founding member of Trio 211 with violinist Larisa Lebeda and guitarist Alec Peason, and toured with them to Alberta in 2017. As longtime friends and collaborators, Bernard and Alec also form an active duo.
As a soloist, Bernard has been featured with orchestras and chamber groups in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America, playing both music from the traditional flute repertoire and his own transcriptions of works taken mostly from the traditional violin repertoire. As a recitalist, Bernard made his Austrian solo recital premiere in Vienna in recitals with pianist Christopher Devine and harpist Zsuzsanna Aba-Nagy. More recently, Bernard has presented solo and chamber recitals throughout the Lower Mainland, including a recent recital of flute transcriptions for the Concerts Café Classico Series.
Bernard Blary currently resides in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and works as a freelance flutist, teacher, and arranger.