"Every sound that I hear ..... is music, it was only natural to have been attracted to the sound of the Piano. "
Ben Fernandez is a Pianist and keyboardist formally trained in Western Classical Music and has a Degree in Jazz Performance from the ‘New Zealand School of Music'. Ben plays a number of musical styles including Jazz , Pop, Blues, R n B, Fusion, Reggae , Latin, Western Classical .Loves listening and experimenting with music from all over the world. He is a good sight reader and has perfect pitch.

Prior to moving to Auckland in Feb 2005, Ben played with some of the leading bands in India.These include The Sixth Sense- Pop n Fusion , Take Four- Jazz , Menage a Trois – R n B, Obligato – Latin, Mode 7 – Fusion and his own band Benzone. Also worked with Pop stars and performers including Gary Lawyer, Louis Banks, Leslie Lewis, Shaan , Mehnaaz, Shiamak Davar, Lucky Ali, Nandu Bhende. Ben also performed (for 2 years) with the house band on the TV show ‘ Movers and Shakers’ aired 5 nights a week on Sony entertainment television. Ben has performed at shows and concerts in many different countries.

Ben also composes music for Advertising jingles, Film soundtracks, Corporate Films, TV shows, Audio – Visuals . He has played for many musicals and theatre productions including Annie, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Evita, Joseph and His Technicolour Dreamcoat. The jingle he produced for Star – Movies won Gold at the Pro-Max A/V Awards held in Singapore in Dec 05.

Graduated in Physics and holds Post Graduate Qualifications in Business Management and Computer Science. He gave up a career in Foreign Exchange, Travel Management and Advertising to make music a Full Time Career option.

Loves traveling and has visited England , France , Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Monte Carlo, Belgium , Austria, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bahrain, Dubai and Australia .

Some of the shows that Ben has played for include -

the Cannes International Film Festival – France
the Publishers Ball – Hongkong
New Year Celebrations – World Trade Centre – Dubai
Microsoft Dealers International Conference – Bentota – Sri Lanka
Party for President Bill Clinton – Mumbai , India
The Internationall Jazz Yatra – Mumbai
St Patricks Day celebrations hosted by the Consulate of Ireland in India.
Afro Asian Games closing ceremony party – Hyderabad , India
Channel V Peace Concert – Mumbai
BMW worldwide dealer meet – Taj Mahal , Agra
Jet Airways Inaugural Flight celebrations – Colombo – Sri Lanka
Compaq Computers – International Dealer Meet – Colombo , Sri Lanka
Ceat Cricket Ratings – Awards Ceremony – Mumbai
The Pratt and Whitney Aviation Golf Tournament – Mumbai
The American Consulate Ball – Mumbai
Miss World – Diana Hayden’s homecoming ceremony – Mumbai
Royal Challenge Euro Dancers Event
Launch of Cross Roads – one of Indias largest shipping malls
Cathay Pacific Annual Day Celebrations.
Launch of JVC in India
Party hosted by MTV India
Bombay Times Anniversary Party
PriceWaterhouseCoopers – annual party
KPMG Worldwide – annual party
American Express – Dealer meets
BNP Paribas- Annual Party
Barclays Bank – Customer Meets
Star TV Annual Party
Australian Tourism promotion party
Launch of Marlboro in India
Samsung- new product conferences
Launch of the Fiat Palio – India
IBM India – Corporate Party
Air Mauritius- Corporate Party
Singapore Airlines-
Omega Watches- Launch of new Outlet
Laureus International Sports Awards – Ambivalley , India
The India-International Fashion Show – Dubai – Feb 2006
The Mission bay Jazz Festival – Auckland , Feb 2006
The Devonport Wine and Music Festival , Devonport– 2006
The Rakino Island Jazz Festival – 2006
The ASB Queenstown International JazzFest-2007, Queenstown, NZ
The Bay of Islands Jazz Festival - 2007

And many more…………

Ad-Jingles / Music Sound tracks produced by Ben include:-

AFL – Wiz – A/V, Ad. Jingle
Amar Ujala Group of Newspapers – A/V
Anchor White Tooth Paste- Ad .Jingle
B4U Movies- New Title track, 5 jingles, 25 Channel Promos
Cello Pens – A/V
Credit Control Bureau- Ad. Jingle
Elf – Engine Oil – Ad. Jingle
Elle 18 – Remix Collection- Radio Jingle
Enough is Enough – Anti war campaign- Main Theme and background score
Eros Jewellery- Ad. Jingle
Essar – Jingle for the Mumbai Marathon
Eveready Batteries – A/V
Exide Batteries – A/V
Godrej – Corporate A/V
Hit – Mosquito Spray- Ad. Jingle
ICICI Bank – Corporate A/V
Marico – A/V
Mobitel – Sri Lanka – Ad jingles
No more mosquito bites – Ad Jingle
Outlook Money – Ad Jingle
Parachute Advanced – Ad. Jingle
Parachute Oil – Ad. Jingles
Philips Slimline Flat TV . Ad. Jingles
Raymonds – A/V
Sandpiper Beer – Radio Jingles
Servo – Radio Jingles
Singapore Airlines- Radio Spot
Star-Movies- Ad Jingle
Sweekar Low Absorb. Ad Jingles
Tata Group – Corporate A/V
Tata SG Sheets . A/V
Top in Town – rainwear – Ad. Jingle
Veedol – A/V
Vicks Formula 44 – Ad. Jingle
Vicks magic- Ad. Jingle
Voltas – A/V