André Fernandes was born in Lisbon in 1976. He finished his studies at the HotCLub of Portugal Jazz School where he nowadays teaches Guitar, Analysis, and Ensemble. Also teaches at the Madeira Conservatory. In 1996 was awarded a scholarship from Berklee College of Music that he attended for two years, until he moved to New York City. During his time in the USA he studied with Hal Crook , John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi, Mick Goodrick, Kenny Werner, among others. He was awarded the Stephen Holland Award for Outstanding Musicianship.
Amongst his collaborations are musicians like Lee Konitz, Mário Laginha, Chris Cheek, Cyro Baptista, Ohad Talmor, Bill McHenry, Jochen Rueckert, Perico Sambeat, Julian Arguelles, David Binney, AviShai Cohen, Eli Degibri, Pedro Moreira, Alexi Tuomarila, Bernardo Moreira, Jorge Reis, Carlos Barretto, Akiko Pavolka, Jarmo Savolainen, Furio diCastri, Phil Markowitz and João Paulo Esteves da Silva.
He has played the major concert halls and Jazz Festivals in Portugal like Belem Cultural Center, Teatro S. Luiz, Coimbra, Funchal, Guimarães, Matosinhos, Porto 2001, Jazz Fest Quinta Splendida, Serralves, Loulé, Marinha Grande, Valado dos Frades and the Kainuu JazzFest, Finland,, Spain, Greece, among others.
In 2002 he co-founded the Tone of a Pitch label and studios, and released his first CD as a leader, O Osso (Toap001), which was voted one of the 5 best portuguese jazz albums in 2002 by AllJazz Magazine critics poll. He also recorded with the Bernardo Moreira Sextet for Universal, and toured Finland with pianist Jarmo Savolainen.