Born 1957, in Neuwied, Germany. Starts playing drums at 12, changes to electric guitar at 17. 1980, moves to Paris and attends lectures by Pierre Boulez at IRCAM and College de France, works in the libraries of IRCAM and Centre Pompidou, studying contemporary compositional techniques. Provides music to the Ensemble Choreographique de Vitry several times. 1986, returns to Germany. 1987, starts to work on music using the computer. 1992, after 4 years of preparation and one year of work, he's releasing his first cd, "un peu de neige salie". 1994, second cd, "détails agrandis". 1995, founds his label Trente Oiseaux. 1996, "home, unspeakable" with John Duncan. He has played concerts in: Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Santa Cruz, San Franciso, Los Angeles, Chapel Hill, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, London, Lyon, Grenoble, Bern, Zürich, Vienna, Rome, Bologna, Berlin, Frankfurt, Darmstadt, Ghent, Reykjavik, Brussels, Barcelona.... His music is regularly played (in absentia of the composer) at the Futura Festival de musique acousmatique in Crest, France, and "the ant moves / the black and yellow carcass / a little closer" has received one of twelve Honorable Mentions at the 1999 Prix Ars Electronica.
Bernhard is currently (2013) active as an improvising musician, and has been for the last 10 years or so, releasing a number CDs in this gerne. The trio +minus and the duo Klangstaub having ceased to exist, he is now performs with the duo brachklang and as a solo improviser, mainly on soprano and alto saxophone, alto clarinet and electric guitar, all combined with live electronics.
An updated biography and a full discography can be found on his website.