After graduating from the Victoriano Lopez music conservatory in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 1980, Carlos A. Bardales moved to San Jose, Costa Rica to continue his musical training at the Inter American Institute for Instrumental Studies, where he completed his Music and Performer Training Diploma in 1984. He was able to attend the Inter American Institute for Instrumental Studies thanks to a full scholarship he received from the Organization of American States (OAS).
At the Inter American Institute for Instrumental Studies, he studied with Dan Neal, Elliot Cheney, and Dianne Buchianeri. In 1983, Mr. Bardales was invited to participate in the Pablo Casals Festival. Apart from playing chamber music, he periodically took part in master classes with David Carter and Adolfo Odnoposoff among others. In January 2019 he soloed with David Carter with the North Carolina School of Science and Math orchestra in the Vivaldi Concerto for two cellos under the direction of Scott Laird. When he graduated from the Inter American Institute for Instrumental Studies, he began his teacher training and chamber music coaching at the Institute. Mr. Bardales was the first director of the Intermediate Cello Choir for the Inter American Institute for Instrumental Studies. Also, he won an audition to become a member of the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Agustin Cullel.
At the end of the 1986 season with the Costa Rican National Symphony Orchestra, he was invited to come back and be part of the teaching staff at the Victoriano Lopez Music Conservatory in San Pedro Sula Honduras. At the conservatory, he was a chamber music, cello, music appreciation, and music theory teacher. Also, he was the director of the Music Conservatory Intermediate Orchestra. He taught at the Music Conservatory from 1987 to 1989.
From 1989 to 1993, he was part of the Ambassador University String Trio along with Ruth Myrick on piano and Stephen Allen on violin. Also, he was an important asset to the newly created string program at Ambassador University. In 1993, he received the Leon Ettinger Music Award for his contributions to the Ambassador University String Program. In 1993, he was invited to be the Assistant Principal of the Music Conservatory in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Since Mr. Bardales moved to North Carolina, he was involved as a volunteer and substitute teacher in the Duke University String School until 2014. In 2014, he was hired to be cello and chamber music instructor. Under the leadership the current director Erica Shirts he was invited to co-conduct the Cello Choir ensembles.