Francisco Bernier has forged a successful and prize-winning career. He began his musical studies at the Conservatorio Superior de Música in Seville and then moved to France to continue his musical studies at the Ecole Normale "Alfred Cortot" in Paris under the direction of Maestro Alberto Ponce. He received his Superior Diploma of Execution and Concert Performer with distinction by a unanimous decision from the jury. From 1998 to 2002, Francisco continued his education at the Hochschule für Musik of Cologne (Germany), at the Université du Québec in Montréal (Canada), and at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (France). He attended master classes with Alvaro Pierri, Roland Dyens, Leo Brouwer, David Russell, José Tomas, and Oscar Ghiglia. His achievements have led him to perform in over thirty-seven countries around the globe, in prestigious venues such as the Salle Cortot and the Mogador Theatre in Paris, the Salle Corum in Montpellier, the Grand Theatre in Bordeaux, Oji Hall in Tokyo, the Kyoto Concert Hall, the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, Teatro Maestranza in Seville, Teatro Comunale in Alessandria, Merkin Hall in New York, Hall of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C., and Zellerbach Hall in San Francisco.
Bernier was a finalist in the Concert Artist Guild of New York competition and recipient of more than twenty international prizes including the “Michele Pittaluga” Competition. Bernier has performed with the Camerata Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, the Mediterranean Symphonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Vallés, and the Symphonic Orchestra of Huelva.
Bernier has recorded several albums, the first of them under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Spanish-INAEM. His labels include Mandala-Harmonia Mundi, Déclic- Radio France, and Naxos. He has performed live and recorded performances for radio and TV stations Deutsche Welle, Cadena Ser, R.T.V.E, R.A.I, Radio France International, Radio Clasica, Radio Classique, France Musiques, and Nippon NHK.
Bernier's interest in contemporary music allows him to remain in contact with great composers of our time including Luis de Pablo, José M. Sánchez Verdú, Cesar Camarero, José Manuel López, and others. Bernier is a laureate of the Meyer Foundation, Beracasa and BNP- PARIBAS (France), “la Caixa” Foundation (Spain), and the Emma Contestabile Foundation (Italy).
Francisco currently teaches at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Seville. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Seville Guitar Festival and President and Founder of Contrastes Records (London).