Bernd Brackman was trained subsequently by his mother, the pianist Frieda Brackman-Hoogerwerf, Jaap Spaanderman, and Jan Wijn. With the last, he graduated in 1985 from the Sweelink Conservatory in Amsterdam. He took master classes with, among others, Tamas Vasary and Leon Fleisher. In 1981, he won the first prize at the Willem Pijper Concours, Rotterdam, and in 1984, he was awarded the Elisabeth Everts prize. The same year, he won second prize in the European Frank Martin Competition. Winning the Jacques Vonk Competition enabled him to pursue his studies with Naum Grubert, Peter Feuchtwangler, Bernard Ebert, Roberto Szidon, and Sergei Dorensky, head of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Although his solo repertoire ranges from Bach to Cage, his preferred composers are Beethoven, Chopin, and Messiaen. In 1997, he was awarded, with Jacques Zoon, the Classic Edison for Dutch Contemporary Flute/Piano repertoire.