An artist defined by the critics as "…tender, lyrical, loaded with personality" (Atlanta Journal Constitution), Canadian violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez is also recognized for drawing "...the sweetest, most sonorous tone..." (Washington Post). In September 2009, Juan-Miguel won the first Prize at the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, adding to other top prizes won at the National Canadian Music Competition, and the 9th National Sphinx Competition in 2006. As a featured guest soloist, Juan-Miguel has appeared with the Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado Symphonies, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Chicago Sinfonietta. In 2010, he was recognized with the medal of honor from the National Assembly of Quebec for his significant International accomplishments.
A dedicated chamber musician, Juan-Miguel was a member of the legendary Fine Arts Quartet and original member of the Harlem Quartet (2006-2012) as well as a founder of "Trio Virado" (Flute, Viola, Guitar). His musicianship has led to a wide array of collaborations with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Kim Kashkashian and Gerard Caussé as well as Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Stanley Clark.
Juan-Miguel was Professor of Viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London from 2016 to 2020 where he now remains as visiting Professor. In September 2021 he will be at Université de Montréal (Montreal) as Invited Professor of viola and head of chamber music.