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. He was the Associate Editor for the Latin GRAMMY® Telecast Print & Special Projects (2011-2019). Since 2011, he has also contributed as writer and editor to 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 joined the editorial team of the Miami Book Fair as a writer and editor.
Past professional affiliations include staff music critic for the Miami Herald and The Boston Globe and cultural correspondent for The Washington Post. He was also the Managing Editor of JAZZIZ magazine and the pioneering bilingual website, El Sitio. 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 also has written program notes for venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Town Hall, New York City Center, and Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, and events such as the Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland.
He translated and annotated Astor Piazzolla, A Memoir (Amadeus Press) and curated, annotated, and produced the CD Universe of Rhythms: The GRAMMY Guide to Latin Music, for the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000. Previously, he wrote the children’s book Gloria Estefan Cuban-American Singing Star for Millbrook Press’s Hispanic Heritage Series.
In 2012, González was nominated for 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); 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)
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; was director of programming for the Americas for Arteria, a project of Fundación Autor, Spain; produced and hosted Jazz With an Accent ®, a ten one-hour program series on global jazz for 88.9 FM WDNA in Miami, and was the Curator of Jazz Programming for the then-called Carnival Center, now Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami.
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, and later, the New England Conservatory, where he studied composition with George Russell and electronic music with Robert Ceely. He also studied with guitarist and composer Ralph Towner at Naropa Institute, CO.