Hernando Leal performed at important festivals as the Contemporary Music Festival of Darmstadt, Weilburg Music Festival, Wiesbaden Bach Festival, Frankfurter Forum für Alte Musik, Magdeburger Telemann Festtage, Frankfurt Bach Concerts and Salzburg Music Festival.
He has been guest performer at the National Flute Association of USA and Flute Festivals of Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Ecuador und Peru.
Hernando appeared also in projects at major music centers as the Royce Hall of Los Angeles, Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Real of Madrid, Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth, Festpielhaus Bregenz, Mozart Hall and Opera of Frankfurt, KKL and Opera of Lucerne, Casino of Bern, Tonhalle Zürich, Palau de la Música of Valencia, Teatro Rex of Buenos Aires, Luis Angel Arango Hall of Bogotá, Teatro Nacional Sucre in Quito, and Hiroshima City Hall in Japan.
Hernando Leal is a versatile and innovative musician whose repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the modern music.
His musical activities have taken him to many countries in Europa, Asia, North and South America.
He appeared in several musical projects with renowned Ensembles and Orchestras as Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, South west German Philharmonie, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra of Budweis, Ensemble Modern, Kölner Akademie, Stagione Frankfurt, Karlsruhe Baroque Orchester, Cappella Academica Frankfurt, Ecuador Philharmonic, Bach-Collegium Frankfurt and La Chapelle Ancienne of Zürich.
He was involved in different CD-productions for exemple with music from ancient scriptures of St.Egidien in Nuremberg and also in a CD-production with the german Ensemble "La Stagione Frankfurt" with music by C.P.E.Bach.
Recently he performed as a soloist flute concertos by C.P.E Bach, Franz Benda, A.Vivaldi, J.S Bach, Johann J.Quantz and G.Ph.Telemann.
Another focus of his work is the Interpretation of contemporary music by composers such as: Salvatore Sciarrino, Heinz Holliger, Toshio Hosokawa, Klaus Huber, Robert Dick, Jürg Wyttenbach, Rudolf Kelterborn, Toru Takemitsu, Kazuo Fukushima, Isang Yun, und Blas Emilio Atehortua u.a.
He has been prize winner at diferents music contest for traditional music, received the Special prize at the Mazda Young Musician Competition, was semifinalist at the Polish International Flute Competition in Krakow and also received the Carolina Oramas and Frankfurt Bach Foundation Scholarships.
Hernando Leal finished musical studies in Germany and Switzerland receiving degrees in Music Pedagogy, Soloist Performance, Conducting, Contemporary Music and in Historical Informed Performance Practice (Reinassance and Baroque Flutes).
His mentors have included Sir James Galway, Peter-Lukas Graf, Anna K.Graf, Thaddeus Watson, Karl Kaiser and Michael Schneider.
He atended also Masterclasses at important music academies with Auréle Nicolet, William Bennett, Emmanuel Pahud, Patrick Gallois, Barthold Kuijken, Janos Balint, Jeanne Baxtresser, Philippe Bernold, Robert Dick and Maxence Larrieu.
He gives masterclasses at diferents institutions as the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Sevilla of Spain, Conservatorio Nacional de Colombia, Asociación de Flautistas de España, The New Flute generation of Switzerland, Universidad Central of Bogotá, Flute Festival of Lima and Flute Festival of Quito, among others.
He is founder of the Internacional Flute Academy of Colombia.
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