Juan-Miguel Hernandez was born in Montreal in 1985. He began studying the violin at the age of seven and switched to viola five years later. He received a bachelor's degree from the Colburn Conservatory and graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory. Hernandez was a first prize winner of the 16th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Austria, as well as prize winner in both the National Canadian Music Competition and the 9th National Sphinx Competition. He has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras in Atlanta, Seattle, Colorado, Rochester, and Chicago, and has performed in the US, Canada, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He is a founding member of the Harlem Quartet, with whom he performed from 2006-12, as well as the Trio Virado and Boreal Trio. He has appeared on NBC's Good Morning America, the Today Show and the Telemundo Network. His discography includes three quartet CDs as well as multiple collaborations with Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Norah Jones. In 2010 he was honored with the medal of the National Assembly of Quebec.