Bernardo Santos is currently taking part of the Doctoral Programme in Music Performance (PhD) at the University of Aveiro. Bernardo graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona and from the University of Aveiro (Aveiro City Prize), having studied with Deniz Gelenbe, Josep Colom, Álvaro Teixeira Lopes and Klara Dolynay. During his studies, Bernardo Santos was a Trinity College London Scholar and a recipient of scholarships from Fundação GDA and Fundação Dionísio Pinheiro e Alice Cardoso Pinheiro.
His academic interests include research on famed Portuguese composers Berta Alves de Sousa and Frederico de Freitas, being responsible for the critical edition and publishing of works of both composers. Recently, Santos was responsible for teaching masterclasses in several music schools and universities in Brazil.
Bernardo has performed recitals in over four continents and more than ten countries, in venues such as the Casa da Música, Convento de São Francisco, Teatro Rivoli, Camões Lyceum Theatre (broadcast by Portuguese radio Antena2) in Portugal, Sala Cecília Meireles, Amazon Theatre and Palácio das Artes in Brazil, Farfield Halls, Royal Albert Hall and St. James Piccadilly Church in London, Pancho Vladigerov House Museum (Sofia), National Concert Hall (Dublin) and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, among many others. Bernardo also had the opportunity to play with the Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra, Amazon Chamber Orchestra, Vidin State Philarmonic Orchestra, University of Aveiro String Orchestra, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, Orquestra Jovem Vale Musica and Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, having played under the baton of Antonio Vassalo Lourenco, Artur Pinho Maria, Bruno Martins, Charles Gambetta, David Wyn Lloyd, Hilo Carriel, Kira Omelchenko, Marcelo de Jesus, Miguel Campos Neto and Silvio Viegas. He was one of the artists invited to the II and IV International Festival of Young Pianists in Amarante, to the VI Bangkok International Piano Festival, the VI Manaus International Chamber Music Festival and was invited as the Artist in Residence 2017 of the Dionisio Pinheiro Foundation, in Agueda, Portugal.
Bernardo Santos is an avid chamber musician, having studied with Antonio Chagas Rosa, Eugene Asti and Martino Tirimo and collaborated with artists such as André Lacerda, David Wyn Lloyd, Diana Rodriguez Vivas, Diego Caetano, Liana Branscome, Svetlana Rudenko and Belem Quartet from Brazil. Bernardo also participated in the project “Curtas” of the composer and guitarist Israel Costa Pereira, having recorded a CD of this project.