Juan Miguel Hernandez, Viola
An artist defined by the critics as "…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality" (Atlanta Journal Constitution, Pierre Ruhe), violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing "...the sweetest, most sonorous tone..." (washington Post, Charles T. Downey). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006, presented by JPMorgan Chase. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, as well as the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Performances in recent seasons have brought Juan-Miguel on tour throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Canada and the United States. In 2010 he was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.
Juan Miguel has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Orion Weiss, Robert Spano, Misha Dichter, the Weilerstein trio, Chick Corea, Gary Burton Stanley Clark and Paquito D’Rivera to name a few. Recent festival and program appearances as teacher and performer include the Salzburg Festival, the Brevard summer institute, the Mozaic Festival, Festicamara (Colombia), Montreal Jazz, Panama Jazz Festivals and Musica Mundi International Festival working alongside Maxim Vengerov and Ivry Gitlis.
A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel is a founding member of the Harlem Quartet with whom he performed from 2006 until 2012 in various prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the White House (for President Obama and Michelle Obama), the Blue Note Jazz club, the library of congress and the Apollo theatre. Pursuing new musical worlds has led Juan-Miguel to be part of the creation of two new trios in 2012: The "Trio Virado" for flute (Amy Porter), viola and guitar (João-Luis Rezende Lopes) as well as the "Boreal Trio" for clarinet (Uriel Vanchestein), viola and piano (Gabriela Martinez). Also forthcoming is the commission of a new viola concerto by Cuban composer Guido Gavilan.
Juan-Miguel has a strong commitment to educate and engage new audiences all around the globe. He has already reached young musicians and various communities through art convoys in South Africa and Venezuela, various music festivals in South America and outreach projects in Europe and North America. This commitment has also led him to found a non for profit, The Musical Heights Foundation, focused on supporting young emerging artists in the US and bringing musical awareness to schools in Southern California.
On radio airwaves and television broadcasts, Juan Miguel has been heard and seen on nationally-syndicated programs throughout Canada, and the United States including NBC's Good Morning America, The Today Show and the Telemundo Network. His discography includes three quartet CDs, released on the Naxos, the White Pine and Navona labels as well as multiple collaborations on various other labels including the album "Hot House" playing alongside Chick Corea and Gary Burton. 2013 will also mark the release of a new album on Cedille records featuring the Harlem Quartet with the Chicago Sinfonietta.
Juan Miguel Hernandez was born in Montreal, Canada in 1985. He began studying the violin at age seven and switched to viola at age twelve. He received his Bachelor degree from the Colburn Conservatory studying with Paul Coletti and Graduate Diploma in the Professional String Quartet program with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory, working privately with Kim Kashkashian and Dimitri Murrath. He has performed in master classes before Pinchas Zukerman, Roberto Diaz, Paul Neubauer, karen Tuttle, Steven Dann, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal and Robert Vernon. He has also taken vocal lessons with Robert White. Juan Miguel Hernandez plays on a 2008 Miralles instrument on loan from the Maestro Foundation and generously sponsored by Ron and Pat Lebel.
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