Professional Bio

Horacio Fernández Vázquez is a Mexican pianist and composer. He has distinguished himself as a unique voice in the classical music world because he explores and combines all styles of modern popular music, particularly those coming from Latin-America, with classical forms and techniques.


- He won the New Juilliard Ensemble competition, resulting in a commission by Dr. Joel Sachs to write a cello concerto for Zlatomir Fung to be premiered in May of 2021.

- He collaborated with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on a video for social media. Mexican choreographer and ballerina Christian Garcia Ocampo choreographed his composition “Güiro” for two violins.

- He was awarded the Blueprint Fellowship, resulting in a commission to write an interdisciplinary piece to be premiered at the prestigious National Sawdust venue in January of 2021.

- His educational video “How to write a Salsa for Orchestra” was selected by the Culture Secretariat of Mexico to be distributed online through its “Contigo en la distancia” call for submissions.  

- Collaborated with American librettist, director and choreographer John de Los Santos in an opera entitled "Las Culebras". It was going to receive a premiere in April of 2020 but has been postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak.


- His composition “Tumbao” won the annual Juilliard composer competition and was be premiered under the direction of Maestro Jeffrey Milarsky with The Julliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in February 2020.


- He was awarded an honorable mention in the Flute View’s Composer Competition for the James Galway Festival in Switzerland for his flute sextet entitled Montuno for Six.



- In November of 2018, Horacio made his debut with the 5 de Mayo Philharmonic as a composer and soloist of with his work "Bembé."

- In April, he was commissioned to write music for Physics of Music CERN’S Cosmic Piano in Sophia, Bulgaria where he composed and performed in both piano and cosmic piano.

- He was also a commissioned composer in the 7th artistic festival of Autumn of the Jornadas INBA-SACM. His piece "El Desierto" was premiered at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. 


- In December 2016, he won the third edition of the Arturo Márquez Orchestral Composition Contest. His work "Latin Fantasy & Fugue (Talavera)" was performed on December 1, 2016 at the auditorium of the Centro Cultural Roberto Cantoral in Mexico City.


- In september 2015, he composed for short film "Jocho," produced and directed by Luis Caraza, a Mexican  filmmaker. The short film went on to win the Latin-American Contest of Computer Physics Final-Continental. 


- In September 2014, he collaborated with Mexican Playwright Rodolfo Pineda Bernal in a musical about the life and work of German phycologist Victor Frankl. Horacio wrote all of the music and collaborated with the playwright in the lyrics. The play received several performances across Mexico city and Puebla City.

Horacio Fernández Vázquez is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in composition at The Juilliard School of Music, class of ’22. He studied at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla and the Lyon Conservatory, in France. His mentors include Robert Beaser, Alan Belkin, Gonzalo Macías and Arturo Márquez.