Bernardes is a conductor and musical director of the Americantiga Ensemble, a group founded in 1995 and dedicated to the performance and recording of the Iberian-American repertoire from the 17th to the 19th centuries. With Americantiga, Bernardes has performed  several important concerts in the United States of America, Brazil and Argentina, always focusing on the vocal music. With Americantiga has recorded six CDs and one DVD with fundamental works of the Portuguese and Brazilian baroque repertory. Living in Portugal since 2010, Bernardes has direct the modern debut of the opera “Basculho de Chaminé” by the Portuguese composer Marcos Portugal (1762 – 1830) with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra at the Teatro de São Carlos in Lisbon. He is currently Artistic Director of the “Caminhos de Mateus” Festival and the “XXVIII Early Music Courses of Mateus” promoted by the Casa de Mateus Foundation in Vila Real, Portugal. In addition to intense musical career Bernardes holds a PhD in Musicology from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Musical Sciences from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is currently an Integrated Post-Doctorate Researcher at CESEM / UNL with funding from FCT. He was editor of the collection “Music in Brazil – Eighteenth and Nineteenth-centuries” by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil and the magazine “Texts of Brazil”, in its number entitled “Brazilian Classic Music”, edited by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition to the academic publications and editions of Luso-Brazilian music from the 18th and 19th centuries, he has been invited to give lectures on themes of Early Music and Cultural Market.