Fábio Fernandes is a young classical guitarist at the beginning of a promising career. Fábio began classical guitar lessons from the age of 11 at Academia de Música de Viana do Castelo with Francisco Gomes. He then moved to London to study at Guildhall where he completed both his Bachelor in Music with Honours in 2018 and his Masters in Classical Guitar Performance with Distinction in 2020 under the guidance of Robert Brightmore, David Miller and Jørgen Skogmo. Throughout his studies, Fábio was generously supported by the Adele Kramar-Chappell Award, Help Musicians UK, the Henry Wood Trust and the Charity of Mary Barnes.
In 2020 Fábio was invited to be a Junior Fellow at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
In addition to his education between Portugal and the UK, Fábio has attended masterclasses with some of the world’s most distinguished guitarists such as: David Russell, Ana Vidovic, Ignacio Rodes, Antigoni Goni, Margarita Escarpa, Graham Devine, Marco Socías, Nigel North, Goran Krivokapic, Chris Stell, Jacob Heringman, Tristan Manoukian and Michel Sadanowsky.
Fábio recently obtained a 2nd Prize in the 21st Ivor Mairants Guitar Award 2021 and a 3rd Prize in the Concorso di Chitarra "Gaetano Marziali" 2021 and he was a semi-finalist of both the London International Guitar Competition 2020 and the Gold Medal 2020 at the Guildhall School. An eager and confident performer, he participated in both solo and ensemble concerts in Portugal, England, Czech Republic and Poland. Recent highlights include recitals at the Barbican Centre (2020), St. James’s Church Piccadilly (2020), Milton Court Music Hall (2019), a performance of Mahler 7th Symphony in the Barbican Music Hall with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra (2019) and a concert as soloist in Carulli’s Concerto in G major for Flute, Guitar and Orchestra with the Orquestra Con Spirito (Portugal, 2019). In addition, Fábio is hoping to reschedule a special concert that had to be cancelled in March 2020 due to Covid-19, when he should have performed three concerti with the Seixas Chamber Orchestra at St. James’s Church Piccadilly: Rodrigo’s infamous Concerto de Aranjuez, Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major RV93 and Seixas’ Concerto in A major.
Alongside his performing of the traditional guitar repertoire, Fábio started playing the lute and theorbo in 2015 with David Miller and James Johnstone. He was notably invited by Dame Emma Kirkby to join her project Dowland Works (2019). He performed alongside members of Academy of Ancient Music at the Deal Festival (2019) and also participated in the London Handel Festival during the GSMD Cantata Project (2019).
Furthermore, Fábio is also highly engaged with music writing, collaborating regularly with young composers. He notably premiered “Tell me again the music of that Tale” by Daniel Davis (2019/20 composer in residency at LPO’s Young Composers Scheme and Portuguese representative in the World New Music Days 2020) at the Milton Court Concert Hall (2020). He also recently premiered “Phlox” by Dimitrios Rontsis in London (2019).
Beside his performing activities, Fábio is already a highly sought-after guitar teacher. He was invited to give classes and lectures in England and in Portugal. He has his own private studio in London where he teaches children as well as adults with a 100% success rate at the ABRSM exams (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music). Finally, he leads Musicianship classes as well as individual and ensemble guitar lessons at the DaCapo Music Foundation in London. (For guitar lessons, you can contact Fábio through the contact page of this website.)
Covid-19 has been a hard hit for the artistic community, but Fábio has been keeping his performing going in different ways throughout the crisis and he is notably proud of two online projects created in collaboration with actor and magician Tomé Pinto (To watch on Fábio’s Concerts page and YouTube channel).