Fernando Cisneros is a young baritone, pianist, composer, and engineer born in Mexico City with professional studies and work experience in Mexico, The United States, and Europe. Fernando possesses a rigorous and consistent musical preparation as well as a rich and varied musical experience that he has been happily developing throughout his entire life.
Fernando has always been around music. His grandmother was a classical pianist, and his father, although he made a career in business, was an amateur singer for many years. Influenced by his family, Fernando began his musical studies as a pianist at the age of five and became very fond of opera since he was a child.
In 2005, he won Second Prize in the Concurso Nacional de Piano Ollin Yoliztli in Mexico City. Around that time he started singing and composing on his own. He joined a couple of choirs and was able to study choral repertoire, gain experience by working with different conductors and singers, and perform in renowned venues in Mexico City.
Despite his growing interest in vocal music, piano was his main instrument so he decided to start his undergraduate studies in classical piano at the Escuela Nacional de Música UNAM in Mexico City, but he soon realized becoming a concert pianist was not his true calling and decided to take a more scientific and technical approach towards music.
He already had solid musical foundations, so he wanted to branch out and study the physics of sound, electronics, and keep developing his composition skills, while starting to venture into film scoring and music production.
Fernando graduated as an engineer from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores Monterrey in Mexico City. During this time he was able to produce many of his own works with the help of fellow engineers, singers, and instrumentalists.
Halfway through his undergraduate studies, Fernando was invited to join an opera studio and he started taking voice lessons for the first time. Because of this opportunity, he was able to perform many roles, learn about repertoire, style, tradition, and get a grasp of the operatic experience.
His interest for singing grew rapidly, so before graduation he decided to look for a scholarship so he could pursue his graduate studies in classical voice. After a long process of applications and auditions, Fernando decided to accept the generous scholarship awarded by the Manhattan School of Music and move to New York City. In 2017 he won Third Prize in the school's annual competition, the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition.
During his graduate studies, besides studying and performing, Fernando was recommended to start teaching music theory, aural skills, and sight reading through an assistant position. Recently, he has broadened his experience by teaching voice and studying accompanying in order to improve his own musical skills and start coaching younger singers.
Fernando has a huge passion for culture and languages. He speaks Spanish, English, Italian, and French. Besides his studies in the United States, he has also received several grants to study in Europe, specifically in Italy and France.
After graduation from the Manhattan School of Music, Fernando was offered a full scholarship to join the Opera Institute at Boston University as a young artist. He gained a lot of experience by performing in fully-staged productions, masterclasses, concerts, and having weekly voice lessons and coachings. Fernando made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 in an opera gala that featured young international artists.
In 2019 he was offered a scholarship to audition and train in Europe in order to prepare for his international debut. In November he will perform Le nozze di Figaro (Conte Almaviva) at the Teatro Goldoni in Livorno, Italy.
Fun fact: during his early twenties, Fernando was an amateur bodybuilder and weightlifter and won several competitions in Mexico.