Gavin Fernandes

Gavin Fernandes

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Violin

Biography

Born in Portugal, Gavin started to learn the violin at the age of 10. At the age of 12 he was one of five young musicians chosen by the World Philharmonic Orchestra to receive a scholarship and an instrument.

He studied the violin at the Hammond School in Chester and at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, before being accepted on the BMus Music Performance with Music Technology course at the London College of Music. During his time at the London College of Music he studied the violin under Stephane Tran Ngoc and Dermot Crehan. He also studied conducting under Professor David Osbon.

His career has involved performing in countries throughout the world, including India, Belgium, France and the UK. As well as performing solo works and chamber music repertoire, Gavin is a composer, conductor and a keen orchestral player. He has performed with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Bombay Chamber Orchestra, World Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Schools Symphony Orchestra of Britain and many more. He has recently taken part in various workshops and masterclasses held by the English Chamber Orchestra.

A versatile musician, Gavin is equally at home with classical, jazz and popular music, and has also taken part in various musical theatre productions. He has completed various recording sessions at Ealing Studios and at the London College of Music. During his career he also appeared on the documentary TV MEZZO: Portrait of This Young Musician.

His keen interest in music technology has led him to work as a sound engineer and as backstage crew for many shows and dance productions. A keen composer, he is currently collaborating with a theatre director and choreographer on a large-scale work. He recently received an ALCM in Conducting from the London College of Music, and a Silver Medal from The Musicians’ Company.