Agustín Fernández (composer)

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Agustín Fernández (born 10 March 1958[1]) is a Bolivian composer who has lived and worked in the United Kingdom since 1984. In March 2020 Fernández was found guilty of 13 sexual offences, including rape and sexual assault, for which he was sentenced to 23 years in custody. He was absent from the ruling.[2] [3]


Fernández was a composer-in-residence at Queen’s University Belfast since 1990 until 1994.[1]

Fernández was a composition lecturer at Newcastle University from 1996 until 2019 and had been Professor of Composition there since 2007.[4]

Fernández is a regular visitor to Romania for speaking and performance engagements at the Sigismund Toduță International Festival in Cluj-Napoca and the SIMN Festival in Bucharest. In 2018 the Music Academy Gheorghe Dima (Cluj-Napoca) awarded him an honorary doctorate.[5]


  1. ^ a b Sachs, Joel (2001). "Fernández, Agustín family". Grove Music Online. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.46947. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  2. ^ Murray, Kieran (March 23, 2020). "Newcastle University lecturer on the run from 23-year jail sentence for abuse". ChronicleLive.
  3. ^ "Former Newcastle lecturer on the run after sex crimes conviction".
  4. ^ "Agustín Fernández". British Music Collection. April 4, 2009.
  5. ^ Suteu, C, 'DHC în 3D: Doctor Honoris Causa cu valențe tridimensionale la Academia de Muzică din Cluj', in Actualitatea Muzicală No. 7, July 2018

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