Stefano Bernardi was born 1577 in Verona (Italy). 1606 he became director of music at the Accademia Filharmonica in his hometown.
For studies he went for a couple of years to Rome, where in 1610 he became director of music at the church Madonna di Monti. At the same time he published his first print with compositions.
1611 Bernardi became director of music at the cathedral of Verona. 1622 director of music in Neisse, Silesia (today: Nysa, Poland), a residence city of the Archbishop of Breslau/Wroclaw.
1624 he went to Salzburg, where in 1625 he became director of court music under Archbishop Paris Graf Lodron (1619-1653).
The Archbishop needed an experienced musician like Stefano Bernardi for the musical outfit of the new cathedral, which was consecrated in 1628.
Bernardi tried to improve the organisation of the court music, and to build up a musical repertoire for the new cathedral. One of his major tasks was to control the production of new choral-books. Between 1629 and 1631 three volumes with compositions by Bernardi were produced (Volume I: Masses, Volume II: Offertories, Volume II: Magnificat- and Responsorium-compositions). But most of this compositions had been published before.
1628 he led the celebrations for the consecration of the new cathedral. 1632 Bernardi was ordained priest.
1634 he left Salzburg for his hometown Verona. In the same year a collection of motetts in 2 to 6 parts by him was published in Salzburg through Gregor Kuerner. This was most likely the first musical publication by a printer in Salzburg.
Stefano Bernardi died on 15.02.1637 in Verona.
Works: Masses, Psalms, Motetts, Madrigals; until 1634 fifteen extensive collections of sacred and secular music were published in print, two further collections were published after Bernardis death.