Michael Fernandez Viola, Principal
Michael Fernandez has enjoyed a varied career as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, composer, and arranger. He has appeared throughout the United States in recital series, benefit concerts, and international congresses (International Viola Congresses XXIII , XXV, XXIX and Primrose International Viola Competition and Festival I) and Fernandez has also collaborated with many fine ensembles including the Jupiter String Quartet and the Miami String Quartet.
Michael Fernandez believes in the need to help train the next generation of musicians making great efforts to teach and coach. In addition to coaching numerous young chamber ensembles throughout the continental U.S., Fernandez has taught at many schools and universities both as a member of the faculty and as a guest artist.
He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Virtuosi di Napoli, and The Camerata, in addition to serving in the principal chairs of the Florida Orchestra, Owensboro Symphony, Southwest Florida Orchestra, Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and currently, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.
Michael Fernandez lives in Birmingham, Alabama. When not practicing, performing, teaching, transcribing, enjoying his many pets, or spending quality time with his wife and two children, Michael likes to sleep.