Strathmore Presents Artist in Residence James Fernando

James Fernando 21021A 168 By Margot Schulman

Jazz pianist Fernando performs January 19 and 26 at AMP

Mona Rock
Director of Communications
(301) 581-5193

(NORTH BETHESDA, MD) - Jazz pianist James Fernando kicks off the 2022 season with his solo performances as a member of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence 2022 cohort –January 19 and 26 at 8 p.m. at AMP by Strathmore, in North Bethesda’s Pike and Rose. On January 12 at 7:30 p.m., he will conduct a special workshop, Challenging Your Medium, at Strathmore’s historic Mansion.

Fernando as has been hailed by World Music Report as a “prodigiously gifted composer and virtuoso pianist,” by Jazz Sensibilities as “limitless in his ability to articulate his ideas.” Among his many performances and compositional accolades are awards from Downbeat Magazine, the National Young Arts Foundation, and first prize at the 9th West Virginia International Piano Competition. He was also selected for the prestigious Jazz Band of America and the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop.

“The reason why I’m in music is to create, and with every release of mine I get the opportunity to put forth a finished product and share it with others,” said Fernando. “I’m excited about working with all of the other artists [in the AIR cohort] and seeing what interesting things we can come up with together.”

James studied at Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where he graduated summa cum laude after three years. In 2017, he participated in the historic Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music. He has performed at venues and festivals across the USA and Canada as a solo artist and as a sideman. In 2019, James released his first album as a solo artist, “The Lonely Sailor,” to widespread critical acclaim. His latest creation, Blackbird/Fly, was released in 2021. In addition to being a highly sought-after pianist and composer, James is an educator with an active private studio, and he frequently leads masterclasses and workshops. He is currently a jazz piano faculty member at Levine Music in Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by Belinda M. Kane in memory of Mamie C. Kane
& Ava Kaufman

Strathmore graciously thanks our Artist in Residence Champions for their multi-year commitment and above-and-beyond support to the AIR program.

Challenging Your Medium with James Fernando
Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:30pm
Location: Mansion at Strathmore
Tickets: Pay What You Can

James Fernando, jazz pianist
Wednesday, January 19 and 26, 2022, 8:00pm
Location: AMP by Strathmore in Pike & Rose

Click here to see a video of James Fernando in performance.



Founded in 2005, the Strathmore Artist in Residence program has mentored 100 young musicians, ages 16–32. Each year, six artists are chosen through a competitive selection process. Over the course of 10 months, they benefit from the support of mentor musicians, 30 hours of professional development seminars, and performance opportunities—including residency concerts at Strathmore. The AIR program is part of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development.



Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. 

All of Strathmore’s facilities are Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited.

Proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, and facemasks are required to attend any performance or event inside any of its buildings.

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