Antonio Fernandez is a Spanish-born Australian pianist and music director specialising in music for the stage and collaborative practice. He is currently based in Sydney, Australia.
Antonio was trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid and, whilst completing his studies, was selected to tour as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (2011). Since his arrival to Australia in 2013, Antonio has worked with some of the leading arts organisations in Australia (Opera Australia; Gondwana Choirs; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; Performance Space; Sydney Conservatorium of Music). In 2018, Antonio has been involved in several stage productions, including Opera Australia's Schools Company 2018 Tour of 'The Magic Flute' in NSW, BlueSaint Production's 'In The Heights', Little Triangle's 'Merrily We Roll Along' and Birdie's 'The Little Mermaid'. In November, he will be Music Director of the all-times classic 'Company', presented by The Depot Theatre.
Antonio is a regular of the Sydney choral scene. He is the principal accompanist of the critically acclaimed Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and a regular pianist for Gondwana Choirs (National Choral School pianist, 2018), Sydney Children's Choir and several community organisations including the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus and the Macquarie University Singers. In 2017 he was invited by the Pacific Pride Choir to tour across Poland and Germany to help raise awareness and visibility of the LGBTQ community in Poland. Antonio has also made several appearances at the Sydney Opera House with Philharmonia Choirs in workshops (Singing in the House: Mamma Mia, 2017) and as a repetiteur (Festival Choir 2017, Chorus OZ 2017). In 2016, Antonio participated in the recording of an ABC Classics release of Paul Stanhope's choral work with Sydney Chamber Choir.
Antonio experience as a music director and collaborative pianist is nothing short of broad and eclectic, ranging from independent opera productions (Il Tabarro, 2016, directed by Constantine Costi; L'Enfant Prodigue, 2017, directed by Lucy Scott), to theatre plays (Twelfth Night, 2017, Felt Tip Theatre) and even cabaret shows (Songs for Sarah Connor, finalist of the Short and Sweet Cabaret Festival 2016). Antonio's credits as music director include the new Australian musical The Things I Could Never Tell Steven (New Theatre 2017), the Australian Premiere of Bathhouse! (New Theatre 2016) and the old time classic Sweet Charity (Ashfield Musical Society 2016). In March 2016 he was commissioned to create a music installation that explored the intersection between spontaneous music collaboration, improvisation and space for the Art, Not Apart Festival 2016 (WORKBENCH, 2016).
Currently, Antonio is on the planning stages of the launch of his own theatrical new venture, CreArts Productions, a production company with the aim of creating stage presentations of the highest artistic output, covering a broad range of styles including opera, musical theatre and concerts whilst supporting the Australian artistic ecosystem.