He was born in Rome in 1956 and studied composition with Thomas McGah and John Bavicchi at the Berklee College of Music of Boston. He has composed several works for traditional, electroacoustic and computer instruments.
After teaching at the “Cesare Pollini” Conservatory in Padova for over 22 years, Nicola Bernardini has held a tenure Professor position in the School of Electronic Music at the “S. Cecilia” Conservatory of Rome from 2013 to 2017. Since 2017 he holds the same tenure Professor position back in the School of Electronic Music at the “Cesare Pollini” Conservatory in Padova.
From 2001 to 2003 he was appointed artistic director of the Center Tempo Reale in Firenze as a successor to Luciano Berio. While there, he has coordinated the creation and first performances of several large scale musical productions by Luciano Berio, Adriano Guarnieri, Giorgio Battistelli, Marco Stroppa and others.
He has coordinated two large european projects (AGNULA – 2001-2004, IST-2001-34879, funding: 1.7 MEuro, and S2Sˆ2 – Sound to Sense, Sense to Sound, 2004-2007, IST-FET-FP6-03773, funding: 1.3 MEuro) and participated to many others. He was appointed chairman for the COSTTIST action Cost287-ConGAS (Gesture Control of Audio Systems) which coordinated the research activities of 16 European countries.
Since 2006 he is coordinating the digital recovery and archiving of composer Giacinto Scelsi’s tape collection for the Fondazione Isabella Scelsi. This project is carried out through a tight collaboration with the Discoteca di Stato/Istituto Centrale dei Beni Sonori e Audiovisivi (the Italian National State Archive).
He collaborates intensively with the Laboratorio di Informatica Musicale of the Dipartimento di Informatica e Scienze delle Telecomunicazioni of the University of Genova and with the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale of the Dipartimento di Elettronica ed Informatica of the University of Padova in the creation of project and research strategies in Sound and Music Computing. He has been instrumental in the collaboration between the latter and the Padova Conservatory to create SaMPL (Sound and Music Processing Lab), the first living-lab in the world fully dedicated to music and musicians. SaMPL was awarded in 2010 a funding by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo dedicated to technology acquisitions.