He was born in 1957 in Tunis. He trained as a flautist. He studied Musicology at Paris III University under Daniel Charles and Francis Bayer. He joined the Musique Vivante ensemble under Diego Masson. He started his career both as a performer and as a composer. He then practised composition with Carlos Roqué Alsina. In 1993 he was awarded the first prize for the instrumental version of his 1st Chamber Symphony by the jury of the Trieste International Music Competition for Composition. For many years, after managing various schools of music in the Ile-de-France region and in Paris, Bernard de Vienne’s expertise as a consultant, composer and trainer has been sought by several institutions such as schools of music, national event organisations and theatres. His compositions have been commissioned by the French state and institutions such as Radio France, the Opera Theatre of St-Etienne and the Berlioz Festival.