Fabio Fernandes

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Guitar

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Fábio Fernandes was born in 1996, in Viana do Castelo, Portugal.
Fábio began classical guitar lessons from the age of 11 at Academia de Música de Viana do Castelo with Francisco Gomes.
Since September 2014 Fábio began his Undergraduate studies Bmus (Hons) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Robert Brightmore, David Miller and Graham Devine. He is generously supported in his studies by the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust, the Charity of Mary Barnes and by Help Musicians UK.
In December 2017 Fábio was offered a place to do his Postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and at the Royal Academy of Music.
Fábio has participated in masterclasses with David Russel, Fabio Zanon, Leo Brouwer, Ignacio Rodes, Máximo D. Pujol, Antigoni Goni, Margarita Escarpa, Graham Devine, Eduardo Martín, Julian Byzantine, Douglas Rodgers, Jacob Heringman, Michel Sadanowsky, and Artur Caldeira.
Besides his success in several national and international competitions, Fábio has performed many solo, ensemble and choir concerts all around Portugal, England and Czech Republic. As soloist, he performed in numerous stages in London, Norwich, Viseu, Viana do Castelo and Arcos de Valdevez. In April 2018, Fábio had two performances of J. Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in Prague, Czech Republic. 
Fábio is regularly invited to play solo or with some other musicians both for academic and professional activities, as well to give masterclasses and lectures to other young musicians.
Alongside his studies of the traditional guitar repertoire, Fábio is also highly engaged with song writing, the production of contemporary classical music and the exploration of early music. He started studying the lute and theorbo in 2015 with David Miller and James Johnstone, and premiered, in April 2017, Daniel Davis’ piece “Four Ways” for solo guitar.
Since 2012 Fábio has been teaching guitar both privately and on music schools in Portugal and England, teaching students from ages ranging from 6 years old to 50 years old. Fábio has been working, since 2017, with the music school based in London, The DaCapo Music Foundation.