Mikel Fernández

A promising young conductor emerges.


8th December 1996, Galdakao (Spain)

Born in Galdakao (Biscay, Spain), Mikel Fernández started at the age of 18 his Conducting degree in Spain, at the Conservatoire of Music of Oviedo and continued his studies at Codarts University for the Arts of Rotterdam (Netherlands), where he graduated his Master’s degree Cum Laude in 2022.

Since then, he started building his own career inside and outside Spain. In 2017, he was selected for developing a Specialization degree in 2017 at the Atlantic Coast Interational Conducting Academy in Portugal, with well-known international conductors Colin Metters (Germany), John Traill (main conducting teacher at Oxford University) or Roberto Fiore (Italy). Furthermore, he has also received private lessons during 2020 from Sir Howard Williams at the prestigious Royal College of Music (London, UK) and participated in masterclasses with great conductos as Valery Gergiev, Conrad van Alphen, Jurjen Hempel, Antony Hermus, Óliver Díaz or Andrés Orozco-Estrada at the prestigious Reina Sofía School of Music, among others.

Within the season 2017-2018, he was selected for the Assistant Conductor Fellowship at the Opera House of Oviedo, having the chance of working together with with some of the most renown soloists internationally as Ambrogio Maestri, Ainhoa Arteta, Jorge de León and Carlos Álvarez in Andrea Cheniér or Christopher Purves, Edward Nelson, Paul Gay or Anne Catherine-Gillet in Pelléas et Melisande. Furthermore, from 2021 he is the Assistant Conductor of Sinfonia Rotterdam (Netherlands) where he has worked together with soloists as Maxim Vengerov, Nikolai Lugansky or Vadym Kholodenko, besides many others.

At the age of 27, he has already worked in some of the most prestigious stages, as for example recently with the Orquesta Nacional de España in the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid, ES), in Amare (The Hague, NL) for the New Year’s Concert with Sinfonia Rotterdam, with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Genéve, CH) or with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Zagreb, HR) as one of the finalists for the Assistant Conductor position and the Lovro von Matacic Competition 2023, respectively.

Besides, Mikel has worked with well known worldwide soloists as Lawrence Power within the International Viola Congress 2018 or Evelin Glennie with the BOS Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao in 2022 , among others. Besides, he has also collaborated with international orchestras as Radio Filharmonsich Orkest (Assistant Conductor), Sinfonia Rotterdam (Assistant Conductor since season 2021 2022), or as guest conductor with Royal Netherlands Army or BOS Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao, with which he made his debut in September 2021 and immediately afterwards called him back for more engagements.

Since September 2023 he has also been engaged as Artistic Director at Codarts University for the Arts where he previously studied and was awarded with the Stipendium Classical Music by Stichting Vrienden van Codarts , to the best Classical Music student of the year. Besides, he also developed a Research on Gustav Mahler (1860 1911) for which he has been in collaboration with the Mahler Foundation and personalities as Marina Mahler, Morten Solvik, Benjamin Zander or Lahav Shani, and he has emerged as a promising, charismatic and versatile conductor.