Bernard studied viola at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with John Curro, and at Michigan State University with John Graham and Robert Dan. He has participated in masterclasses with Kim Kashkashian, the Alban Berg Quartet and Kronos Quartet. While in the US, he played with the Arlington Quartet, with whom he toured the UK. Violist in the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra from 1994-2000, Bernard is currently a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has performed as soloist in concertos by Hindemith and Bach. He has performed as a guest with the Australian String Quartet, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. He is also a founding member of Topology and has performed extensively with them, both throughout Australia and internationally. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by Topology, the Australian Youth Orchestra, and a wide variety of chamber ensembles. In 2019, his String Quartet, Enkindling, was premiered in the QSO’s Chamber series, and he is currently writing a new orchestral piece for the QSO to be performed in 2021.