Miguel Fernandes

Sub-Principal Cello

Miguel was born in 1986 in Covilhã. Portugal. He was the recipient of an entrance scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with David Strange. In 2011 and 2012 he concluded his Master of Arts and PG Certificate, respectively, both with distinction. At the Royal Academy he was part of the Manson Ensemble, RAM Soloists and Academy Cello Ensemble. Between 2009 and 2012 he was awarded several prizes and scholarships from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, GDA (Managements Copyright) and Vivian Joseph Prize. Miguel has performed recitals in various prestigious concert halls, such as Wigmore Hall, Duke's Hall, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Casa Da Música.

Miguel was previously educated at Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra, Lisbon (2004-2009), where he gained his BMus degree. During his undergraduate studies he won several competitions, including the “Julio Cardona”, the “International Forum of Music Interpretation”, and the “Premio Jovens Musicos”. He performed important works such as the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Orchestra of the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra and recorded several cello and piano works for a Portuguese radio station. In 2012, He won 1st place in “Premio Jovens Musicos” in the Chamber Music category with Cavatine Duo, with whom he recorded a CD with sonatas for cello and piano (Janacek, Miaskovsky and Poulenc).

Miguel has also collaborated with major Portuguese and European orchestras, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orquestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Casa da Música, Metropolitan Orchestra and Remix Ensemble.

During the past few years Miguel has also worked with renowned conductors - Trevor Pinnock, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Semyon Bychkov, Elgar Howarth, Leif Segerstam, Pablo Heras Casado, Christopher Seaman, Kees Bakels, Takuo Yuasa, Michail Jurowski, Ainars Rubikis.

Miguel was appointed as Sub-Principal cello at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in October 2017.