Fernando González is an independent arts and culture critic, writer and editor. He is a regular contributor to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation blog, The Miami Herald, Artburst Miami, and specialized publications such as Jazz Times and JAZZIZ. His blog, Jazz With an Accent, includes both, pieces written for the various publications and original commentary. He is also the Associate Editor of The Latin GRAMMY Print & Special Projects for The Latin Recording Academy. (2011- present)
His career in print journalism includes stints as Managing Editor of JAZZIZ, a monthly magazine (2003-2008); Columnist for Downbeat magazine (2000-2003); Correspondent for The Washington Post (2000-2004); and Staff Writer for The Miami Herald (1993-1999) and The Boston Globe (1988-1993).
He has also contributed to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, was the Managing Editor of El Sitio.com, a pioneering bilingual web startup (1999) and a columnist, writing in Spanish, for Eritmo.com, a Latin music website (2000-2002). He has written program notes for Jazz@ Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Edinburgh International Festival, as well as features for USA Today’s Hispanic Living Magazine and Grammy.com and The International Review of Music blog.
González has been also active as curator, record producer, radio host, translator, arts administrator and television writer. He won an Emmy as writer and producer and was nominated for a GRAMMY for album notes.
- Curator and producer of the music and film program accompanying the exhibit A Tres Bandas, about the confluence of Hispanic, Indigenous and African cultures in the Américas, at the Centro Cultural Español (Spanish Cultural Center ), Miami, FL. (2013)
- Nominated for a GRAMMY for album notes for Pablo Aslan´s Piazzolla in Brooklyn (Soundbrush), a recording of jazz-tango (2012)
- Designing and teaching a program on multidisciplinary work at the Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music, Boston (2011)
- Producer and host, Jazz With an Accent®, a 10 hour series on global jazz for 88.9 FM WDNA, Miami (2010)
- Program coordinator for ARTERIA, a cultural network in Ibero-America developed by Spain’s Fundación Autor, part of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (General Society of Authors and Publishers or SGAE). Also worked as project manager of the launching of a new music school in Valencia, Spain, a joint undertaking by SGAE and Berklee College of Music (2007-2009)
- Curator for the Jazz Programming for the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center, Miami (2005-2007)
- Advisor & Associate Producer for week-long Piazzolla and the Passion of Tango: A New World Symphony In-Context Festival at New World Symphony, Miami Beach. (2002)
- Translator /annotator Astor Piazzolla, A Memoir (Amadeus Press), the autobiography of Argentine New Tango composer Astor Piazzolla. (2001)
- Consultant Amazon.com and visiting scholar for The Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC.
González won an Emmy and a Gabriel Award as Senior Editor and Writer for Notes From The Mambo Inn: The Story of Mario Bauzá (WGBH, Boston, 1991). He was also nominated for an Emmy and received a Gold Award from CPB as Associate Producer and Writer for En Clave, (WGBH, Boston, 1992) an hour-long special on Latin music hosted by singer Rubén Blades.
Fernando González was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. He majored in math at the University of Buenos Aires before switching to pursue music full time. In 1977 he moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, majoring in Composition/Film Music.
González is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (GRAMMY®) and the Jazz Journalist Association and a charter member of the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Latin GRAMMY ®)