MUSIC DEPARTMENT

John Hernandez

John Hernandez has performed as a Chamber Musician with members of symphony orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, Dusseldorf Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and the National Symphony of Ecuador, which have included cellist Luis Leguia, violinist Nicolay Rogatchevsky, and percussionist Evgene Livchits, among others. In addition to many concerts, as a soloist he has also participated in festivals such as the Philharmonic Festival 1994 and the First International Festival for Young Pianists in Ecuador, the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina, the International Symposium and Piano Festival at Princeton University, the Contemporary Music Festival at New England Conservatory, and the New Paltz Summer Festival in New York.
 
Hernandez is the winner of national competitions in Ecuador such as the Guillermo Wright Vallarino Competition, the Cultural Merit for Outstanding Musician by the City Hall of Loja, and the German Cultural Center Piano Competition.  After receiving these recognitions, he became the youngest artist to be appointed to the Home of Culture of Ecuador.

He holds Degrees with Distinction and Highest Honors from Salvador Bustamante Celi National Conservatory of Music and Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory of Music in Ecuador, where he also served as a faculty member.  He also holds two Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Louisville and Chamber Music from the University of South Florida, where he also instructed Piano Class.

Hernandez is a National Certified Piano Teacher with the Music Teachers National Association and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He currently works with several ensembles in the Tampa Bay area, including the Tampa Bay Children’s Concert Chorus. He teaches Private Piano Lessons at the Patel Conservatory.
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