Fernando valencia - percussionist


Fernando Valencia hails from Bogota-Colombia. He is the former principal percussionist of The National Wind Symphony of Colombia. He has performed with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, The Bogota Philharmonic, Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas Philharmonic among others. Mr. Valencia received his B.M. from the Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) and his M.M. from The University of Arkansas. He later went on to Temple University to pursue the Professional Certificate of studies with Alan Abel of The Philadelphia Orchestra. From very young age, and parallel to his studies, Mr. Valencia has been involved in the performance and research of his Afro-Colombian musical roots and Afro-Caribbean music, with additional academic studies in Colombia and The Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana-Cuba.

In addition to his active performance schedule as a freelance percussionist, Fernando is a collaborator for theater projects such as "A Night at the Alhambra Cafe" in NYC and "Rosa de la Alhambra" in Philadelphia. His teaching appointments in Philadelphia have included: Settlement Music School, AMLA School of Music and Maplewood Music Studio. He works frequently as an artist-in-residence and conductor of the percussion ensemble at the Conservatorio del Tolima in Colombia.