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 then 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. Most recently Luis studied at the University of Miami, where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental performance.
Luis is a very active soloist and has won several concerto competitions. He is a performing member of South Beach Chamber Ensemble and the Miami City Ballet Orchestra. He is Director of the Violin Program at St. Philip’s School, and also serves on the faculty of Coral Gables United Church of Christ Community Arts Program, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, and Greater Miami Youth Symphony. In 2013 Luis was appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Florida. 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.