The German tenor, Bernhard Gärtner, studied at the Hochschule Musik in Karlsruhe, school music and musicolgy. After the exam he went to Freiburg to study conducting. In this time he intensified his singing studies, first with Aldo Baldin in Karlsruhe, then with Denis Hall in Bern and last with Ion Buzea in Zürich.
In 1989 Bernhard Gärtner made his opera debut under Horst Stein at the Grand Opera in Geneva. Guest engagements led him to the Opera Comique in Paris, to the Opera Houses of Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Pforzheim and Osnabrück. In June 2003 he participated in New Haven (USA) in the UA of the opera Phantom Palace by Hilda Paredes. In 2004 he sang the Sinfonia of Luciano Berio at the Staatsoper Hamburg.
Already during his training Bernhard Gärtner developed an extensive concert activity, which led him to many important music centers of Europe, Israel and South America. He was guest with numerous international Festivals and sang for example at the Salzburg Festival, in Ravenna, Rome, Turin, Madrid, Paris, Krakau, Bergen, Tel-Aviv, Rio de Janeiro, Zürich, Berlin and Los Angeles. He has to his credit recordings as a soloist for radio, TV and CD.
His wide repertoire ranges from the music the Renaissance, through the Evangelist role of the J.S. Bach's Passions and the tenor parts of the Romantic works up to the music of our century. Has has worked together with the composers L. Nono, W. Lutoslawski, D. Schnebel, K.H. Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, K. Penderecki and W. Rihm, and sang with distinguished conductors as Ernest Bour (Naples), Claudio Abbado (Milan), Michael Gielen (Frankfurt), Leopold Hager (Munich), Zoltan Pesko (Warsaw), Hans Zender (Freiburg) and Andrew Parrott (Luzern). Lieder recitals round off his singing. Since 1998 he teaches singing at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart.