Cuban born conductor Libia Hernández exchanged her education as an engineer at City College of New York for a life in music and received her Masters of Music at the University of Hartford where she studied with the world-famed virtuoso, Gary Karr. As a double bassist she was a member of both the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Amsterdam Bach Soloist and had the privilege to perform under the direction of Frans Brüggen , Richard Egar , Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Simon Rattle, Kurt Sanderling.
After enjoying a successful career as an instrumentalist she easily transitioned into the world of conducting maintaining the same dedication, passion and integrity in her music making that were her trademark as a player.
Libia Hernández currently divides her time between the Netherlands and the U.S. as Assistant Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Conductor /Coordinator of the Holland-Cuba Project, featuring participation of the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, the New World Symphony Academy of Miami and the Instituto Superior de Arte of Havana.
Ms. Hernández has had extensive experience working with and nurturing young musicians. She was Principal Conductor of the University of Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Sweelinckorkest from 2009 till 2016 and has conducted and coached talented young musicians from all over the world at the Bayreuth Festival of Young Artists as well as the Utrecht Conservatory and and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra (NJO).
Libia Hernández has conducted the Dortmund Philharmonic, The Hague Philharmonic, the North Netherlands Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic and the Brabants Symphony Orchestra. She has also regularly served as Assistant Conductor of the Dutch National Opera (DNO)
Ms. Hernández began conducting studies with the renowned Finnish pedagogue Jorma Panula in Moscow while pursuing a degree program at the Hague’s Royal Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Jac van Steen and Kenneth Montgomery.
Her passion for conducting has taken her to master classes and workshops with Neeme Järvi, Riccardo Muti, Michel Tabachnik and Ilan Volkov.
Bloggers inside the BBC Scottish Symphony described her as "a conductor that makes an impression onto the music, remember that name.”