Born in Hyères (Var) in 1999, Kim Bernard studied piano from the age of 5 with Michelle Mary. In early 2008, he met Bernard d'Ascoli and Eleanor Hrris and became a student of Piano Cantabile. The same year, he joined the CRR of Toulon in the third cycle in the class of Célimène Daudet. In June 2011, at just 12 years old, he obtained his DEM in piano with unanimous approval and congratulations from the jury.
In March 2012, he won the first prize at the Montrond-les-Bains International Competition in the under 17 category. Two months later, he won the Young Talent Prize at the International Competition of Île-de-France, and in August he won the first prize at the National Competition of the Nuits Pianistiques of Aix-en-Provence, against competitors twice his age. In May 2015, he won the Kurtàg Prize at the Brin d'herbe International Competition in Orléans.
In the autumn of 2013, at the age of 14, he was admitted with exemption to the entrance exam of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, in the class of Florent Boffard. In June 2016, he obtained his Bachelor's degree and in 2018 his Master II with Laurent Cabasso. In November 2018, he started a concert cycle at the CRR in Paris with Jérôme Granjon and was a finalist in the Cziffra Competition, where he won 3rd prize ex-aequo.
Pianist Kim Bernard was participating in international competitions even before he was 12. Recently, he caught the attention of the famous cellist Gautier Capuçon, who selected him as the very first winner in his brand new foundation for young musicians. Besides being a pianist with unequalled talent, Kim Bernard is also particularly good at improvisation, inspired by his great jazz heroes, such as Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner and Charles Mingus. In Bozar, the young Frenchman performs work by his other great musical hero, Johann Sebastian Bach, and explores the musical traditions from his fatherland with important works from Debussy and Ravel.