Luis Fernandez was born in Caracas, Venezuela, where he began violin studies through the El Sistema music program and the Academia Latinoamericana del Violín. After immigrating to the United States, he studied at the New World School for the Arts with Thomas Moore. He earned the Master of Music degree at the University of Florida, where he served as first violin of the Nuevo Mundo quartet-in-residence. The quartet opened the Hot Springs Summer Music Festival to critical acclaim, and was one of three ensembles selected to participate in the Aspen Music Festival’s prestigious Center for Advanced Quartet Studies. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental performance from the University of Miami.
Dr. Fernandez was a long-time member of South Beach Chamber Ensemble and the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. Most recently he was a member of Amarillo Symphony and the Associate Concertmaster of Lubbock Symphony. He currently plays with Fox Valley Symphony.
He has been on the faculty of Greater Miami Youth Symphony, St. Philip’s School, Valencia School, Wisconsin Conservatory, and in the Appleton Public Schools. In 2013, Dr. Fernandez was appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Florida. He has been on the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp faculty since 2008.
He has given workshops and master classes throughout the United States and in Mexico, where he was invited to implement the teaching techniques of Venezuela’s renowned El Sistema. He recently presented his research on the music of Venezuelan composer Paul Desenne at the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies.