The Brazilian tenor, José Paulo Bernardes, studied in Rio de Janeiro with Roberto Miranda and Diva Abalada at the Escola de Música da UFRJ. Later, with Erika Margraf and Aldo Baldin, specialized in interpretation of Lied at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany. In 1992, he apprenticed at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, Netherlands, in the class Frans Huyts, who deepened the study of oratorios and cantatas of J.S. Bach.
As a tenor singer, José Paulo Bernardes has developed intense activity as a soloist with the main Brazilian orchestras, such as OSB, the symphony orchestras of São Paulo, Paraná, Cuiabá, Florianópolis and Recife, Orquestra Petrobras Pró Música and Camerata de Curitiba. Among the conductors with whom he has been performed stand out Eleazar de Carvalho, Roberto de Regina, Armando Prazeres, Roberto Duarte and Roberto Tibiriçá.
As Professor at Seminários de Música Pro-Arte, José Paulo Bernardes particiapes frequently in their music workshops, highlighting the Oficina de Música de Curitiba, which integrates the teaching staff of the Núcleo de Música Barroca (Baroque Music Center).
José Paulo Bernardes was awarded by critics as the voice revelation of 1994 after the release of the CD with works of Brazilian colonial composer, priest José Maurício Nunes Garcia, in which he particpated as tenor soloist