About Charles Fernandes
Charles Fernandes grew up in Kuwait where he studied piano from the age of 6. Since 2012, he has pursued study in the United States, attending the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied piano under Mr. Alvin Chow. After 2 years at Oberlin, Charles transferred to Cleveland State University to study with Dr. Angelin Chang, where he completed his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in May 2017. In the Spring of 2021, Charles graduated with a Masters of Music in Chamber Music at the University of South Florida with Svetozar Ivanov in Tampa, Florida.
Charles has participated in competitions and music festivals in Kuwait, Bahrain, Poland, Macedonia, Spain, Germany, Canada, Portugal, France and the United States. In 2010 he won the 1st place in his category at the Kuwait Chopin Competition. In August of that year, he won a scholarship to travel to Poland during the 200th Birthday of Chopin to participate in Masterclasses with Janusz Olejniczak. In 2011, he participated in the Young Musicians of the Gulf competition in Bahrain where he won ‘Best Pianist of the Gulf under 18’.
Charles performed for The Prince of Wales Prince Charles, in a private event in Kuwait that same year. In July of that year, Charles travelled to Valencia, Spain, to participate in the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, where he studied under Julian Martin and Yong Hi-Moon. In the summer of 2016, Charles was invited to be a member of the Junior Jury panel at the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition in Cleveland. In 2017, Charles participated in the World Piano Meeting held in Coimbra, Portugal, performing concerts there as well as in France.
Recent music festival experience includes performances at the Tuckamore Festival in Newfoundland, Brevard, Green Mountain, and National Music Festivals. Also a collaborative pianist with diverse experience, he has expanded his collaborative work by taking part in various ensembles, including performing with the Thyagaraja International Indian Music Festival, various Pop and Rock ensembles, and playing keyboard for Dynamite and the Laser Beams, an all Queen cover band.