An artist defined by the critics as "…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality" (Atlanta Journal Constitu-tion), Canadian violist JUAN-MIGUEL HERNANDEZ is also recognized for drawing "...the sweetest, most sonorous tone..." (Washington Post). 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. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, the Rochester Phil-harmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. In 2010, he was recognized with the medal of honor from the National Assembly of Quebec for his significant musical International accomplishments.
A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel was a member of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet, an original member of the Harlem Quartet, as well as a founder and member of "Trio Virado" (Flute, Vio-la, Guitar) and "Boreal Trio” (Clarinet, Viola, Piano), both specializing in the creation of new repertoire. His musicianship has led to a wide array of collaborations with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Matt Haimovitz, Kim Kashkashian, Gerard Caussé as well as Jazz living legends Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Stanley Clark.
Born in Montreal (Canada) in 1985, Juan-Miguel began studying the violin at age seven, then switched to viola at age twelve. Education being a prominent part of his career, Juan-Miguel joined the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music in London as Professor of Viola in September 2016. He plays on a beau-tiful 2008 Miralles viola from Altadena CA.