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Michael Hernandez

Principal Saxophonist of the Santa Cruz Symphony and teaching Saxophone at faculty of San Jose State University

" I encourage everyone to try lefreQue" 

Michael Hernandez has been described as one of the finest soprano saxophone artists of the present generation. He has been heard in concert halls throughout Germany, Switzerland, Poland, France, Holland, Austria, Italy, the UK, Canada, and the United States. He has also been broadcasted several times nationwide on NPR’s Performance Today. Recently Hernandez has appeared with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Echo Chamber Orchestra, Espressivo Chamber Orchestra, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony Guild, The San Jose Wind Symphony, New Century Chamber Orchestra, The Santa Cruz Symphony, The National Music Festival Orchestra, The Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, North Valley Symphony, Musica Nova Orchestra, The San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, The San Jose University Orchestra, The Monterey Symphony, and the West Valley Symphony.

Hernandez is an endorsing artist for Key Leaves, Lefreque, and D’Addario Woodwinds. He performs on historical saxophones built to the acoustical specifications of the instrument’s inventor, Adolphe Sax and is the founder and co-owner of MANA Mouthpieces. Michael currently serves on the faculty of San Jose State University and is Principal Saxophonist of the Santa Cruz Symphony.



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