Michael Fernandez

Principal Viola
Michael Fernandez Portrait

Michael Fernandez was born in New York but soon moved to small town Georgia. He entered Indiana University as a violin major but switched to viola half-way through his undergraduate studies. During his time at Indiana, he earned a Bachelors, Performance Certificate (an honorary degree awarded as a special recognition of musical understanding and technical proficiency demonstrated in recital), and Performance Diploma. He has been fortunate to study with Joseph Gingold, Nelli Shkolnikova, Rostislav Dubinsky, Abraham Skernick, and Atar Arad. This varied background made it possible for Fernandez to join the ASO in 2000

Fernandez has performed in Carnegie (Weill) Hall, Lincoln Center (Rose Theater), Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater), Tchaikovsky Conservetory (Kiev, Small Hall), and The Mariinsky Theater (Grand Foyer). In addition, he has been a featured soloist at the International Viola Congresses (Bloomington, Austin, Minneapolis, Porto) and at the Primrose Festival (Inaugural event in Provo) and has garnered a reputation as an expert in rare repertoire and the work of William Primrose and Vadim Borissovsky.

When not performing, rehearsing, practicing, teaching, or running to the various extracurricular activities of his children, Fernandez enjoys espresso, a quality stiff drink, and the many wonderful restaurants Birmingham has to offer. Though he does not get out often, you are most likely to find him after concerts at either J Clyde, Dram, or Carrigan's Public House. Feel free to buy him a drink or three.