Cuban-born flutist Ernesto Fernandez earned a degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Performance with an emphasis in Music Business from the University of Miami. His dissertation provides a methodology for learning to play and improvise in the Cuban charanga style, examining the structural differences of the five-key flute and Boehm flute.
A versatile musician skilled in both classical and Latin genres, Ernesto Fernandez has performed in countries like Italy, Switzerland, Mexico, Grand Cayman, and Nicaragua, and in cities like Toronto, Cleveland, New York, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City. In 2017 Ernesto was the featured artist at the prestigious Galway Flute Festival in Weggis, Switzerland. He also taught private jazz lessons to classical flute legend Sir James Galway.
Ernesto Fernandez is endorsed by Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments, Inc and served as the Jazz Competitions Coordinator for the National Flute Association for five years. A regular clinician and performer at state and national flute conventions, Ernesto has also collaborated in multiple GRAMMY-nominated and Latin GRAMMY-nominated projects. In 2019 Ernesto composed an original work titled Danzon Nuestra Vida for his new album. The piece was also commissioned for flute ensemble and premiered at the National Flute Convention in Salt Lake City that same year. Also in 2019 Ernesto released his feature album Pa'lante, with numerous world-renowned guest artists from the classical and Latin music industry. In 2020 Ernesto was the headline act at the annual Florida Flute Convention where he performed the Gala Concert and taught a flute masterclass to high school students.
Ernesto Fernandez maintains a balanced musical career as a performing/recording artist and educator. As an educator he teaches secondary and collegiate levels both in private lesson and lecture settings. His career objective is to maintain an active role as a performing and recording artist while guiding and developing the artistic, intellectual, and professional growth of his students.
"Miami-based flutist performs with a level of maturity unusual for his age."
- Dr. Raul Murciano, Associate Dean Frost School of Music.
"Ernesto Fernandez plays the flute with passion and unlike any other."
- Aymee Nuviola, Cuban singer and recording artist.