A journey through my life in music in my own words
My name is Pablo Fernández. I am from Pola de Siero, a town located in Asturias, in the north of Spain.
I come from a family without musical tradition but with a lot of natural talent for music. I have always been attracted to art in general and to music in particular.
I was very lucky that at that time my parents strengthened that interest and supported me to follow a path, that of music and tuba, which in those times was not usual at all.
I will be eternally grateful for it.
My relationship with the tuba was like love at first sight. I remember that when I entered the local music band of my town to register I saw a man play a very large instrument.
I immediately knew that I wanted to play that instrument too. I instantly fell in love with its deep and low sound, its sinuous shapes and even its characteristic smell.
Almost 40 years have passed since that moment and I can say that to this day I am still as in love with "her" as the first day.
Basically the reason I play the tuba is because it makes me very happy. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to dedicate myself professionally to other music-related activities such as conducting or cultural management, but I have not done it because I simply cannot live without playing the tuba.
At the age of 13 it was clear to me that music was going to be more than just a hobby. That's when my parents bought me a Miraphone CC Tuba 86B. A great instrument with which I won my first tests in young orchestras and made my first collaborations in professional bands and orchestras.
Since then I have always had Miraphone instruments in my regular tubas gear. I am extremely comfortable with them and they make my life much easier both in terms of pitch and sound quality.
Although I have enjoyed and learned a lot playing in the orchestra for more than 20 years, it is no less true that during that time I have also missed being able to develop other activities related to music, but the large volume of work with the orchestra and the alto degree of demand of it, made it very difficult to combine everything.
For this reason, in 2014 I decided to take a leave of absence in the orchestra and focus my career on my solo commitments, chamber music and teaching.
I consider myself very lucky to be able to combine these activities and I really enjoy all of them, although I have to say that I am passionate about teaching.
In fact, it has been a natural process to go from being active in the orchestra for so long, to using all that experience to help the new generations of tubists and euphonium players and teach them to love music, to relate healthily to their instruments and to be the best version of themselves.