Anthony Hernandez (b. 1987) is a collaborative pianist, organist, composer and teacher who earned his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2009. Hernandez was awarded several collegiate honors as a solo pianist, including first place in the MMTA Collegiate Piano Upper Division in 2008, and as a composer, including first place in Webster University's Young Composers Competition of Missouri in 2009.
He has worked as music director, rehearsal accompanist, assistant music director and/or pit keyboardist for over 20 musical productions, including Jesus Christ Superstar, A Man of No Importance, Into the Woods and The Wizard of Oz, with numerous production companies, including Lyceum Arrow Rock Theatre, University of Missouri Theatre Department, Columbia Entertainment Company, PACE Children's Theatre, among others. He has performed extensively as collaborative and solo pianist throughout Missouri, the Midwest and in Brasília, Brazil. As a composer, he has had orchestral works premiered by the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the 9th Street Philharmonic Orchestra and continues to premiere new works, including a piano concerto at the latest Strange New Worlds 4 exhibition at Talking Horse Productions.
Hernandez was accompanist for the Columbia Chorale and Columbia Chamber Chorus of the Chorale Arts Alliance of Missouri, the Quorus (Columbia's LGBTQQA-Z community chorus, since it's founding in November 2016), and regular on-staff collaborative pianist for Stephens College of the Performing Arts and Columbia College of Missouri. He was ballet accompanist with Columbia Performing Arts Center, playing for their summer intensive programs since 2015. He served as pianist and organist at First Church of Christ, Scientist of Columbia since 2012 and at Missouri United Methodist Church, since 2007. Hernandez also has maintained a full piano studio, teaching students of all ages, all styles of music from pop and rock to classical, musical theatre and jazz.
In the summer of 2018, Hernandez moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he currently is piano instructor at the San Marino Music Center, Kami Kids Music Studio and Sunset Learning Studio. He provides service music for the Twentieth Church of Christ, Scientist in Venice on Sunday mornings and is piano accompanist for the Culver City Middle School choirs and Waite Middle School and John Glenn High School choirs. He is rehearsal accompanist for the Sunday Night Singers in Palmdale and a ballet pianist at the Pasadena Dance Theatre. He also continues to freelance as a pianist, accompanist, organist, composer and arranger throughout LA.