Fernando González is an independent writer and editor. He contributes to the digital arts magazine Artburst Miami and the music blog Jazz With An Accent. His work also appears in The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and JAZZIZ Magazine.
A musician by training, González is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY©) and a charter member of The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. He has contributed to the digital and print publications of the Latin Academy since its inception, in 2000. From 2011 to 2019, he was also the Associate Editor for the Latin GRAMMY® Telecast Print & Special Projects. Since 2011, he has collaborated with the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music‘s publications such as Score magazine, and the Festival Miami, and Frost Music Live! program books. In 2019, he also joined the editorial team of the Miami Book Fair. Complementing his work as writer and editor, he has led workshops on writing and music criticism for musicians at Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, in Valencia, Spain (2017-2019).
Past professional affiliations include staff writer for The Miami Herald (1993-1999) and The Boston Globe (1988-1993), and as a cultural correspondent for The Washington Post (2000-2005). He was the Managing Editor for JAZZIZ magazine (2003-2008) and the pioneering bilingual website, El Sitio (1999-2000). He was also director of programming for the Americas for Fundación Autor, Spain (2007-2009). Other professional highlights include writing about arts, culture, and technology for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s website; contributing commentary for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and features and columns for Downbeat and JazzTimes. He has written program notes for venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Town Hall, New York City Center, and the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center (Miami), and events such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland.
González hosted and produced Jazz With an Accent ®, a ten one-hour program series on global jazz for 88.9 FM WDNA in Miami (2010), and was the Curator of Jazz Programming for the Carnival Center, later renamed Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami (2005-2007). He also translated and annotated Astor Piazzolla, A Memoir (Amadeus Press, 2001) and curated, annotated, and produced the CD Universe of Rhythms: The GRAMMY Guide to Latin Music, for the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000. He also wrote the children’s book Gloria Estefan Cuban-American Singing Star (1993) for Millbrook Press’s Hispanic Heritage Series.
In 2012, González was nominated to a GRAMMY for his liner notes for Pablo Aslan’s Piazzolla in Brooklyn. Previously, he won an EMMY as Senior Editor and Writer for the documentary Notes From The Mambo Inn: The Story of Mario Bauzá (WGBH, Boston, 1991); and was nominated to an EMMY and won a Gold Award from CPB as Associate Producer and Writer for En Clave, a special on Latin music hosted by Rubén Blades (WGBH, Boston, 1992)
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, González majored in math at the University of Buenos Aires before pursuing music full time. He moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, majoring in Composition/Film Scoring. He also studied composition with George Russell and electronic music with Robert Ceely at the New England Conservatory and independently with guitarist and composer Ralph Towner.