Agustin Fernandez was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 1958, studying with Alberto Villalpando in La Paz, and Akira Ifukube in Japan (where he also studied violin). In 1984 he came to the UK, gaining an MMus from Liverpool University and a PhD  from City University, London. He was appointed Composer-in-Residence at Queen's University, Belfast; after lecturing at Dartington College of Arts, in 1995 he was appointed lecturer in composition at Newcastle University , where he is now chair  of composition.

His works include the operas Teoponte (commissioned for the 1988 London International Opera Festival) and The Wheel, commissioned by the Royal Opera House's Garden Venture in 1992. Of his electroacoustic works, Wounded Angel has been released on NMC. Danza de la loma has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3 on two occasions with two different orchestras.  Following the good reception accorded in 2000 to the orchestral-choral work Approaching Melmoth with the Northern Sinfonia and its chorus, with soloist Sir Thomas Allen, a new commission, Mystical Dances, received its première at the 2006 Huddersfield Festival, and was performed again in 2007 at The Sage Gateshead. Recent projects include a string quartet for the Momenta Quartet of New York, dedicated to the memory of the Bolivian painter Fernando Montes, who died in London in 2007.