Manuel Hernandez Aguilar
“Mi boquilla Chedeville Umbra, me perrmite expresarme en la Música con total libertad, es muy flexible, con ella puedo tocar cualquier estilo, con la orquesta o en la música de cámara, su sonido es muy especial, estoy muy feliz de haberla encontrado”
“My Chedeville Umbra mouthpiece allows me to express myself freely in the music, it is very flexible, with it I can play any style, with the orchestra or in chamber music, the sound is very special, I am very happy to have found it.”
Manuel Hernández is recognized as the most noted Mexican clarinetist of his generation. He is the principal clarinetist for the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, he pursues a dynamic career both as soloist and chamber musician as a member of Concertistas de Bellas Artes and serves as professor at the Facultad de Música of UNAM and Escuela de Bellas Artes of Universidad Panamericana.
He has played as soloist with orchestras in Mexico, Argentina and Guatemala and had gained special recognition for his performances of the Corigliano, Francaix (Mexican premiere) and Nielsen concertos, as well as the Mexican premiere of Pierre Boulez’ “Dialogue de l’ombre double” for clarinet and electronics and the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s double concerto “Wuarum?” in Mexico and during the OFUNAM’s 2014 European tour. In 2016, he played the world premiere of David Hernández-Ramos Souls le cieux with the National Symphony.
He plays and participates as clinician often in major concert venues and festivals across Mexico as well as in Latin America, China, Europe, North Africa and the United States. Some of them are: Festival Internacional Cervantino, Coloquio Musical de Zacatecas, Festival Ortiz Tirado, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva “Manuel Enríquez”, Festival Culturel International de Musique Symphonique in Argel, Festival Internacional de Música Credomatic in Costa Rica, The Meet in Beijing, Academia Iberoamericana de Clarinete in Castelo di Paiva, International Clarinet Festival’s ClarinetFest, Latinamerican Clarinet Congress in Peru and Brazil, International Clarinet Connection in Boston, Festival International Universitarie in Belfort, France.
As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with partners like pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, violinist Manuel Ramos and the Latinoamericano, Arcano, Carlos Chávez and Mexico City quartets. Before joining the OFUNAM, he served as clarinetist with the Mineria Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Teatro de Bellas Artes. He can be heard in an extensive discography that includes: “The complete chamber music of Antonio Rosado”, “Chamber music by Roberto Peña Quezada”, “Para vientos” with Cameristas de México, “En una noche femenina” wth Nadia Borsilova, “Contemporary marimba II” with Javier Nandayapa or Federico Ibarra’s chamber opera “El pequeño príncipe”.
Mr. Hernández was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca and began his musical studies there in 1988. He graduated with honours at the Versailles Conservatoire, and Facultad de Música of UNAM and his principal teachers were Philip Cuper and Luis Humberto Ramos. Among others, he is a competition winner clarinetist from the Leopoldo Bellan in Paris, Picardie in Montdidier, Buenos Aires International Music Competition, International Clarinet Association and the OFUNAM itself in his student years; he has been also a recipient of grants and scholarships from both French and Mexican governments agencies.
Mr. Hernández is a D’Addario Woodwinds , Henri Selmer Paris and Chedeville Artist.