Daniel Bernardes was born in Alcobaça, Portugal, in 1986. He started his piano studies by the age of five with Paulo Barbosa, and later on studied with Luís Batalha. In 2002, he makes his appearance with Hybrid Jazz Machine, a project by saxophone player Mário Marques. In 2003 attends Emmanuel Nunes' Composition Courses in Gulbenkian. In 2004 plays in S. Luiz' Theatre's Jazz Fest on a band oriented by bass player Carlos Barretto. As a composer he attends the Stockhausen-Kurse für Musik in Kürten-Germany. This same year he moves to Paris to continue his studies with pianist Marian Rybicki at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. Still in Paris, he worked with pianist Jean Fassina. In 2005 he's awarded 2nd Prize in the Marrocco National Piano Competition, later this year he's invited to play at Salle Cortot in Paris. In 2007 returns to Portugal to study jazz and improvisation, having Filipe Melo as a teacher in Escola de Jazz do Hot Club de Portugal. In 2008 he is admitted at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. In 2010 his jazz trio is invited to play at Casa da Música. This same year he wins the Best Soloist award at Theatre S. Luiz's Jazz Fest. Joins the Lars Arens' Sextet "L.A. New Mainstream". He attends Prémio Jovens Músicos where he's awarded Second Prize exequo. Bernardes' versatility as a pianist and composer got him several concerts in the most important portuguese stages and comissions for works to the most important soloists. In 2013 he attends Marc-André Dalbavie's Composition Workshops where he writes Música para um poema de Mário Cesariny for chamber orchestra.