Bernhard is a bass player, composer, arranger, producer and performer. Besides his activites as a sideman and bandleader for a wide spectrum of genres and bands, he is currently mainly focusing on original music and projects. His interest lies in a genre-fluid mix of styles and combines elements of his traditionally trained background as a jazz bass player with a progressive and contemporary attitude, which pushes himself into unknown territory; as a bass player as well as, as a composer.
In 2009 Hollinger received the "emerging artist"-award of the Jazzfestival Ingolstadt; in 2019 the "Sonderpreis der Schule für Dichtung" at the ORF Hörspiel-Gala for the track "Feminismus im Dunkeln", which he produced together with Vienna-based spoken word artist Fräulein Hahnkamper.
Bernhard is happy to call himself endorser of high-class NYC-based amplification brand Aguilar and the company Elixir Strings for exceptional and long-lasting strings.