Dr. Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez is the Artistic Director, co-founder, and conductor of the New Orchestra of Washington (NOW), in Washington. D.C. He is an accomplished solo and chamber pianist, orchestral and choral conductor, composer, and arranger. Since 2006 he has served as Director of Music at Westmoreland Congregational, UCC in Bethesda, Maryland, where he oversees a dynamic and widely respected music program. In the past, he has served as Associate Conductor and pianist of the internationally acclaimed Choral Arts Society of Washington and was a faculty member of Shenandoah Conservatory and the Washington Conservatory of Music. Hernandez-Valdez has received numerous awards including the Solidaridad Endowed Presidential Scholarship, E.D. Farmer Endowed International fellowships, and the Aspen Music Festival’s Solo, Vocal Coaching, and Orchestral Fellowships, to name just a few. In 2011, Cantigas honored Hernandez-Valdezq, alongside Septime Weber and Placido Domingo, with the first-ever “Award for Talent” in celebration of the ensemble’s twentieth anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. proclaimed April 28 “Latinos in the Arts Day.” Read more...

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Washington Post on NOW

There have been times in history when composers and performers reacted to straitened economic and man-power conditions by thinking small. Heinrich Schutz produced his exquisite “Kleine Geistliche Konzerte” (“Little Sacred […]


John O’Conor Review

“Dr. Hernandez-Valdez is an extraordinary musician, a musician with qualities that rank him among the very top of his field, a musician that has demonstrated success in an unusually versatile career as concert (solo), chamber, and collaborative pianist, conductor, Kapellmeister, composer, and teacher.”
– John O’Conor, internationally acclaimed Concert Pianist


Norman Scribner Review

“Dr. Hernandez-Valdez is the “complete” artist, destined for very great things as the years progress…. He is simply one of the most talented young artists it has been my pleasure to encounter in my 59 years as a professional musician.”
– Norman Scribner, Artistic Director and Founder of the Choral Arts Society of Washington

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