Born in Wausau, Wisconsin, in 1938, Warren Bernhardt is an American pianist in jazz, pop and classical music. Bernhardt began his musical journey as a young child. His father was a pianist who taught him the piano and exposed him to classical music as he grew up. His father’s friends, also musicians, taught Bernhardt as well. Upon moving to New York City at age 5, Bernhardt took his piano learning further, studying under numerous piano instructors. He quit playing after his father passed, choosing to study scientific subjects at the University of Chicago instead. While living in Chicago, Bernhardt was exposed to jazz and blues in the city, which reignited his passion.