Charles Fernandez is composer of Tone Poem for Clarinet and Strings, to be performed by the Palisades Symphony on February 5, 2012.
Charles Fernandez was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received his Bachelors in Music Education from Loyola University in 1983. He went on to receive his Master's in Bassoon Performance in 1987 from UCLA, as well as an ARCM (Performer's Diploma) from the Royal College of Music in London. As a composer and arranger he has works published by Margun Music (Gunther Schuller) in Massachusetts and has distributors for his other works and arrangements in the U.S.A, England, France and Germany. His Tone Poem for Clarinet and Strings has received raves on both coasts and in Europe. His Elegy for Oboe and Strings has recently been performed with the Westchester and Inland Empire Symphonies. Mr. Fernandez also works as an active orchestrator and composer for television and motion pictures. He is the recipient of two Emmy nominations and one Annie nomination for his work in the Casper cartoon series from Universal. He has performed as bassoon soloist with orchestras in New Orleans, Los Angeles, London, Brighton, and New Ulm, Germany, in addition to having his works and arrangements performed in these locales. His most recent appointment was as solo and principal bassoon with the Bayerische Philharmonie in Bad Wiessee, Germany.