He began playing trumpet at the age of twelve. Then when he was 20, he moved to Buenos Aires and began oficial studies at the Carlos López Buchardo National Conservatory of Music. Shortly thereafter he was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies in France with Eric Aubier, where he would win the First Prize and a Prize d’Excellence for trumpet, as well as another First Prize for unanimity in the interpretation of contemporary music. During his stay in France he would also receive classes from various respected maestros and collaborate as principal trumpet with the Orchestre Internationale de Paris.
Upon his return to Argentina he began his career as an orchestral performer and as a teacher in his native Argentina as well as in Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Fernando Ciancio has twice been invited by the Camerata Bariloche to play in the Festival Martha Argerich of Buenos Aires alongside the aforementioned outstanding pianist, Martha Argerich, where he performed the Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra in C minor, op. 35 by Shostakovich. He was also hired by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta for their Latin American tour.