Fernando González is an independent arts writer, editor, and translator. His work appears in JAZZIZ Magazine, the digital arts magazine Artburst Miami, and the music blog Jazz With an Accent.
He contributes to the Arsht Magazine, Miami´s Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center’s interactive digital quarterly and, since 2019, is part of the editorial team of the Miami Book Fair as Associate Editor and copywriter. Previously, he was the Associate Editor for Print & Special Projects for The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (Latin GRAMMY, 2011-2019). He also contributed as a writer and editor to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music‘s Score magazine, and the Frost Music Live! and Festival Miami programs (2011- 2019)
González also has conducted workshops on writing and music criticism as a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, Spain (2017-2019).
His past professional affiliations include staff music critic for The Miami Herald (1993-1999) and The Boston Globe (1988-1993), and cultural correspondent for The Washington Post (2000-2005). He was the Managing Editor for JAZZIZ magazine (2003-2008) and the pioneering bilingual web portal El Sitio (1999-2000). He won an Emmy as Senior Editor and Writer for the documentary Notes from The Mambo Inn: The Story of Mario Bauzá (WGBH, Boston) and was nominated for a GRAMMY for his liner notes for Pablo Aslan’s Piazzolla in Brooklyn.
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 music magazines. He has written program notes for 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 and the Festival de la Leyenda Vallenata, Valledupar, Colombia.
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 Programs for the Arsht Center, then Carnival 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 inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, González majored in math at the Universidad de 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 studied composition with composer and theoretician 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 (Latin GRAMMY®).