Meet our Musicians:
Luis Hernandez, piano
Luis Hernandez began his piano studies at the age of eight in Santiago, Dominican Republic, where he received his training at the Institute of Arts under Hilda Melis. In 2006, Luis was awarded a full scholarship from the Boston Conservatory to study with Professor Max Levinson, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 2010. He has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Italy and United States. Luis has performed solo and chamber works at the Killington Music Festival, at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and performed as a soloist with the Munster Hochschule Chamber Orchestra, and the Parlarte Orchestra at the Music Fest Perugia in Italy.
Luis has won numerous awards in various national competitions in the Dominican Republic, including First Prize at the Olympic Sonatinas Competition, First Prize at the V Latin American Music Festival, and Second Prize at the Manuel Rueda Piano Competition. At an international level, Luis has won Third Prize in the Steinway Competition in Boston, MA in 2007, and has won the Honors Competition at Boston Conservatory the following year. In Pittsburgh, Luis has performed with the Carnegie Mellon’s Contemporary Ensemble the intricate Double Sextet by Steve Reich. Also, he has appeared as soloist with the Carnegie Mellon’s Baroque Ensemble, performing Mozart’s B flat Major Piano Concerto, K. 595, and with Carnegie Mellon”s Philharmonic performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Most recently, he was featured soloing with the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra performing Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto in G minor.
Currently, Luis is pursuing an Artist Diploma Degree at Duquesne University under David Allen Wehr. When he isn't glued to a piano bench, he enjoys reading, playing sports, and teaching in his private studio at Carnegie Mellon University, where he serves as faculty of the Preparatory in the School of Music.
(Updated April 9, 2017)