Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Bernardo started his music studies at the age of 17 and holds a Bachelor degree from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogota where he was a student of double bassist Alexandr Sanko; as well as a Bachelor and Masters degree from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin in Germany where he studied double bass with Janne Saksala, Axel Scherka, Esko Laine; and a honourable mention of Prof. Klaus Stoll as a personal mentor and inspiration.
Bernardo was a scholarship recipient of the orchestra academy of the Komische Oper Berlin (2013-2014) and the Staatskapelle Berlin (2014-2016) as well as a regular guest with world leading orchestras including the Staatskapelle Berlin, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphony Orchester Berlin, Netherlands Philharmonic and Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, among others. He has performed with some of the world’s leading conductors and soloists such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Gustavo Dudamel, Antonio Pappano, Pablo Heras Casado, Lahav Shani, Marta Argerich, Pekka Kussisto, Hakan Hardenberg, George Benjamin, Lisa Batiashvili, Renaud Capucon, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta.
Bernardo is a passionate performer of contemporary music and has performed in some of the most renowned festivals including the Lucerne festival in 2017 with Heinz Holliger and Mathias Pintcher as chief conductors; as principal bass with the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop at the Donaueschingen Musiktagen in 2017 as well as at the Rainy Days music festival in Luxembourg 2014; as principal bass of the Staatskapelle Berlin during the Infektio! Music festival in Berlin in 2016; and as principal bass with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Malmo International Chamber music festival 2016 in Sweden.
He is the recipient of the 2016 DAAD Prize for outstanding performance at the HfM Berlin with a program comprised of contemporary music; and a first prize for interpretation of new music at the 2015 Hanns Eisler Komponisten Forum in Berlin.
Bernardo is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.