Fernando González is an independent writer, editor, and musician. He writes about arts and culture for the digital arts magazine Artburst Miami and the music blog Jazz With An Accent. His work also appears regularly in The Miami Herald and the Miami New Times.
Since 2011, González also has been the Associate Editor for Print & Special Projects for The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Latin GRAMMY®); and in June 2019 he joined the editorial team of the Miami Book Fair International as an Associate Editor and writer.
Complementing his work in arts journalism, since 2017 González has been leading workshops on writing and music criticism at Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, in Valencia, Spain.
Past professional affiliations include stints as a staff writer for The Miami Herald (1993-1999) and The Boston Globe (1988-1993); a cultural correspondent for The Washington Post (2000-2005); and Managing Editor for JAZZIZ magazine (2003-2008). Other highlights include writing about arts, culture, and technology for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation blog; contributing commentary for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and music columns for Downbeat and JazzTimes. He has written program notes for venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, New York City Center, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, Miami; and events such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland.
González curated, hosted and produced Jazz With an Accent®, a 10 hour series on global jazz for 88.9 FM WDNA in Miami (2010); and was the Curator of Jazz Programming for the Arsht Center, 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 National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences as part of the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards (2000).
In 2012, his liner notes on Pablo Aslan’s Piazzolla in Brooklyn earned him a GRAMMY nomination. 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 also nominated to an EMMY and won a Gold Award from CPB as Associate Producer and Writer for En Clave, a documentary 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.
He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY®) and the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and a member of PEN America.