B ernard Walz, Producer and Director of The Good Old Days Concerts, has been involved in the performing arts industry for over 35 years. A protégé of “The Maestro”, the late Dr Tommy Tycho”, and conducting student of the late Prof. John Hopkins, Bernard is a lauded solo performer, conductor, arranger, orchestrator and composer. He is a three-time winner of the Australian Entertainment “MO” Awards “Variety Instrumentalist of the Year” award, and has been voted “Entertainer of the Year”, “Instrumentalist of the Year” and “Variety Artist of the Year”, for a total of seven times, by Crystal Cruises, Inc (the 19-time “World’s Best” luxury cruise line). His debut recording, “Piano Passion” was a number-one ARIA charting album in 1994. From performances in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House to conducting a symphony orchestra on Sydney’s Bondi Beach at 6am(!), Bernard has performed at the leading concert venues of Australia, including Melbourne Arts Centre, Adelaide Festival Theatre, QPAC (Brisbane), Sydney Entertainment Centre, AIS Stadium (Canberra, ACT), and regional concert halls, arts centres and theatres around the country. He has also performed at Royal Festival Hall in London with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and at the Village Vanguard in New York with famed harmonica virtuoso, the late Larry Adler. He has toured with the “Phantom of the Opera”, Michael Crawford, and has performed internationally for almost 25 years. A classically-trained pianist, Bernard’s concert and cabaret performances cross the boundaries between classical and popular genres. He is critically admired by his peers for his highly developed sense of theatre, and engaging on-stage personality. His love of “classic” entertainment drives his desire to present the “Good Old Days Concerts” in honour of the style and content that Roy Watterson, creator of Nostalgia Productions, presented for over 30 years.