He began his musical studies on the euphonium with his father Maestro Lucas Guimarães at the age of 9. When he was only 11 years old, he entered the São Paulo State Symphonic Band, playing euphoniun. In 1986 he started to play trumpet, and again his father was his teacher.
From 1990 to 1993 he studied with Sérgio Cascapera, and from 1994 to 1997 he studied with Sétimo Paiolletti in the Free University of Music of São Paulo. In that time he also took lessons with Harold Palladino (Lele).
In 1998 he joined the São Paulo State Symphonic Band as solo trumpet player, where he served until December 2003. With this band he recorded several cd's.
Fernando toured in Portugal, USA, Angola, Uruguay and Colombia as trumpet player with the Brazilian artist/singer Roberta Miranda from 1995 to 1999. Fernando Lopez also accompanied renowned Brazilian artists such as Ivan Lins, Zizi Possi and Guilherme Arantes.
In December 2003 he was hired as Solo-Trumpet of the São Paulo Municipal Theather Symphony Orchestra. In March 2009 he performed the Concerto for trumpet and orchestra of J.Haydn with the São Paulo Municipal Theather Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Rodrigo Carvalho. In October 2009 played at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York with the Bachiana Filarmônica and Dave Brubeck, under the baton of Maestro João Carlos Martins. In December 2012 performed again with the São Paulo Municipal Theather Symphony Orchestra the Brandenburg Concerto n.2.
Fernando Lopez plays an Adams A4 and Adams C1 trumpet.