Fernando De Almeida Barros
Music director, composer, singer, guitarist
Photo credit: ©Adrien Quevauviller
Fernando De Almeida Barros was born in 1981 in São Paulo, Brazil. Graduated in musical direction and composition at the State University of São Paulo, Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), he began his musical practice as an amateur at the age of 11. At the age of 15, Fernando won the first prize for original song at the Student Music Festival of São José do Rio Preto (Brazil), and the same year he discovered classical music through the semi-professional choir where he started as a singer and later on, assistant conductor.
At the age of 17, he moved to Mexico City to study electronic engineering, but he soon fell in love with the cultural effervescence of the megalopolis and ventured out as a street musician - a very rich tradition in Mexico. At the age of 18, he left engineering school and returned to Brazil to take the composition and conducting course at the university, while resuming his activities as a singer and choirmaster, having the opportunity to sing in 2000 at the Konzerthaus in Berlin with the Berlin Singing Academy and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.
At university, Fernando was a student of teachers such as Abel Rocha, Achille Picchi, Flo Menezes, Samuel Kerr and other names of Brazilian classical music. During his years of study he worked in parallel with theatre music, choral music and Brazilian popular music, which gave him a rather rich and diverse musical approach.
In 2012, he won the first prize for original song at the Canta! Festival in Brussels, where he settled and participated in several projects as a composer, arranger, director and music producer, choir conductor, orchestra conductor, guitarist and singer.
Since 2017, he participates as a composer, arranger and conductor in the pedagogical project "Les Couroumîms - An Amazonian Adventure", a stage cantata for orchestra, children's choir and soloists.
Fernando composed the music for the television series "Snowboarding in Iran" which won the Bronze Award for Documentary Film at the New York Festivals TV & Film Awards 2020.
Fernando joined the Sextet Bossa Flor in 2013. He quickly became its musical director, taking charge of the musical arrangements of the pieces for the many concerts organized by Bossa Flor. He also directed and arranged the recordings of the group's two albums, "Rencontres en bossa - De Jobim à Barouh" (2018) and "Feminino" (2019), and is continuing this musical direction for the new ongoing project "Brassens dans tous ses états".