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Violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez has been praised for “the sweetest, most sonorous tone” (Charles T. Downey, The Washington Post) and for playing that is “tender, lyrical, loaded with personality” (Pierre Ruhe, The Atlanta Journal Constitution). As a soloist and chamber musician he has appeared in many of the world’s leading venues including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, King’s Place in London, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, and The White House. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; Chamber Music Raleigh; Pro Musica in Joplin, MO; Oregon’s Chamber Music Corvallis; and the Lied Center of Kansas.

Juan-Miguel has performed as soloist with numerous organizations including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado and Atlanta symphony orchestras, iPalpiti, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago Sinfonietta. He has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Kim Kashkashian, Gérard Caussé, Itzhak Perlman, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Paquito D’Rivera, Nora Jones, and Merlin Ettore. Juan-Miguel was a founding member of Harlem Quartet, serving as its violist from 2006 to 2012, and was violist in the Fine Arts Quartet from 2013 until 2018. He is a founder of Trio Virado (flute, viola, guitar) and the Boreal Trio (clarinet, viola, piano), both specializing in the creation of new repertoire.

Juan-Miguel’s festival appearances as guest artist and pedagogue include Festival Pablo Casals (Prades, France), Festival Des Arcs (France), Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival (Italy), Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival (South Africa), Brevard Music Center Summer Institute (USA), Festival Mozaic (USA), Festicámara (Colombia), Montreal International Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Musica Mundi International Festival (Belgium), Borromeo Music Festival (Switzerland), Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival (USA), and Festival Del Lago (Mexico).

He has been featured on radio and television broadcasts throughout Canada and the United States, including NPR, PBS, The Today Show, NBC's Good Morning America, and the Telemundo Network. His recordings have been released on the Cedille, White Pine, Navona, and Naxos labels.

Juan-Miguel’s awards include First Prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition (Austria) and top prizes at the National Canadian Music Competition and the National Sphinx Competition presented by JPMorgan Chase. He was honored with a medal from the National Assembly of Quebec for his significant international achievements.

Strongly committed to education and the engagement of new audiences, he has worked with young musicians and a variety of communities through art convoys in South Africa and Venezuela, music festivals in South America, and outreach projects in Europe and North America.

In 2016 Juan-Miguel was appointed professor at the Royal Academy of Music (London). He was invited to serve on the Jury of the 2017 Johannes Brahms International Competition and the 2018 Sphinx Competition.

Born in Montreal, Canada, Juan-Miguel began his musical studies at the age of seven. Among his teachers were Jean MacRae, Paul Coletti at the Colburn Conservatory, and Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory. He also worked with Dimitri Murrath, Paul Neubauer, Karen Tuttle, Steven Dann, James Dunham, Barbara Westphal, and Pinchas Zukerman.
He plays on a 2008 Miralles viola from Altadena, CA.

July 2019

Do not make any alterations to this biography. Concert presenters and other interested parties may obtain an updated and/or abridged version by contacting Chester Lane, Director of Communications at Sciolino Artist Management,

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