Born in Chile in 1973, José Miguel Fernández received his bachelor of music and composition from the University of Chile in 1995. In 1996 he studied computer music at LIPM in Buenos Aires, Argentina. From 2000 to 2004 he studied instrumental composition and computer music at the CNSMD (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse) of Lyon, France. After receiving his diploma from the CNSMD, he attended the one-year course in composition and computer music at IRCAM in Paris.
He composed works of instrumental, electroacoustic and mixed music. Fernández' works have been performed in various countries and contemporary music festivals in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
He received commissions from the Cultural Council of Chilean Government, the Ministère de la Culture of French Government, Grame-EOC, EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO, Aujourd’hui Musiques among others.
He has been selected finalist in the Bourges electroacoustic competition in 2000 and winner of international composition competitions GRAME/Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain in 2008, Lyon, France and the Giga-Hertz Preis for electronic music from ZKM and EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO in 2010, Germany. In 2014 he was selected by IRCAM as composer in residence "Artistic and Musical Research" on interaction in mixed music.
In addition to his compositional activities, he has worked as computer music designer, realizing the live electronics works for many composers at different institutions including IRCAM, GRAME and La Muse en Circuit in France and EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO and ZKM in Germany.