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MICHAEL FERNANDEZ represents one of the most versatile, active violists of his generation. His musical training takes in some of the great teachers of the 20th century, including Josef Gingold, Abraham Skernick, and Rostislav Dubinsky, teachers who provided him with a foundation for a diverse career as a performer, teacher, and transcriber serving to continue on in the legacy of the great artists of the past.
Fernandez has appeared throughout the United States in recital series, benefit concerts, and international congresses (International Viola Congresses XXIII, XXV, XXIX , and Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival I) and ahs performed in the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and Marinskii Theater. He has performed with numerous orchestra in addition to serving in the principal chairs of the Florida Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Southwest Florida Orchestra, and currently the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. As a transcriber Fernandez' numerous works have met with critical acclaim, in particular his transcription of Asturias, now published by International Music Company. Fernandez is honored to be the 23rd and youngest editor in International Music Company's history.
Michael Fernandez plays on a viola made by American luthier Sergio Peresson, the 1970 "Jenny Lind". He lives in Birmingham, Alabama along with his five cats. When not practicing, performing, teaching, or transcribing, Michael enjoys playing tennis, fencing, oneology, gemology, horology, gardening, cooking (American and fusion cuisine), and classical literature.
Soloist record last updated on 02-28-2010