Born in Tunja, Colombia in 1963, Ricardo graduated from the Escuela Superior de Música de Tunja and the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas where he majored in viola and received his master’s degree in music. During his career as a violist he studied with Olga Chamorro, Elizabeth Romero, Anibal Dos Santos, and Michael Kugel. 


He has been an active participant in viola and chamber music courses, as well as orchestral practices in Brazil. He has always been interested in orchestra conducting and has studied conducting with Francisco Rettig. He received scholarships from the OAS and the Inter American Music Council (CIDEM) to study from 1993 to 1995 in Venezuela  under the direction of Mario Benzecry. During his studies in orchestral conducting he has participated in various workshops including the First National Workshop of Orchestral Conducting taught by Andres Orozco and organized by the National Symphonic Orchestra of Colombia and the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orchestral Conducting Workshop taught by Lior Shambadal and organized by the Bogota Philharmonic. He conducted the Javeriana Symphonic Orchestra for several years. 


Another lifelong interest for Ricardo Hernandez has been promoting Colombian music by adapting several versions of Colombian music for the Bogota Philharmonic and the National Symphonic orchestras. Several of these works where included in the 2008 Latin Grammy winning record for best Instrumental Music. He was a founder, director, and arranger for the Colombian music group “Sincopado” which won awards as the best instrumental ensemble and the award for best arrangement in the Mono Nuñez Festival.


He has worked as a soloist with and is currently a member the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1998 the Bogota Philharmonic commissioned him to study viola with Michael Kugel in the Royal Conservatorium of Gent (Belgium). He was chosen as the first viola of the orchestra formed by the conservatories of Gent.  


He is a member of the Manolov String Quartet with which he performs both nationally and internationally. The Manolov String Quartet also recorded a CD of contemporary music, as it is one of the genres they hope to promote. 

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Conservatorio de Música

Universidad Nacional de Colombia


+573114428391 Sandra Arango

+573214772863 Jenny Mendoza

Estados Unidos

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