Musician, Producer, Composer, Arranger & Educator
Fernando Knopf was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977. His first’s connections with music began at his home in Buenos Aires, surrounded by Jazz, Classical and south-American music. He began studying Piano, Music Theory and vocal training with teachers from the Teatro Colon Symphonic Orchestra and Bass Guitar (Main Instrument) at age of 14 with Gustavo Gregorio methods in Buenos Aires, Oscar Stagnaro methods, Arie Volinez, Dr. Arnon Palty, double bassist Eli Magen, Yelsy Heredia in Madrid - Spain, Norberto Goldberg, and more.
Fernando holds a Jazz Performance Major Degree from the Berklee affiliated “Rimon College of Jazz and Contemporary Music” and a B.Mus. (B.A) from The Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem.
In 2000 Knopf began to perform professionally in Jazz Ensembles, Salsa Bands, Latin Groups, Orchestras and Pop/ Rock bands. From 2001 thru 2013 Fernando performed, produced, recorded and Toured with International Artists including:
Superstar David Broza, Pedrito Martinez (Cuba–NYC), Tito Puente Jr. (Son of the Legend), Samuel Torres (Colombia/ USA), Cuban singer/ Percussionist Igor Arias Baro, Gene Perry, Roberto Rodriguez (Cuba/ NYC), Maestro Efrain Toro (Puerto Rico), Wilson Kriminal (Panama), Jazz singer Nancy King, Pianist Steve Cristoffersson, Singer Deborah Brown, Master Percussionist Gilad Dobrecky, Percussionist Roberto Quintero (Venezuela), Yelsy Heredia (Cuba-Spain), saxophonist Eli Degibri, pianist Alon Yavnai, Joca Perpignan (Brazil), Trombonist Avi Lebovich, Zig Zag (NYC) , Violinist Ricardo Herz (Brazil), Italo Gonzales, Missa Criolla with Ensamble Latino Americano, The Tel Aviv Jazz Big Band, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Israel Philarmonic Orchestra (IPO), Bandonionist Eduardo Abramson, Oud Player and Violinist Yair Dallal, Bustan Sefaradi, Kahol and many more.
Also performed with Israeli Top singers David Broza, Shlomo Idov, Yoram Gaon, Mira Awad, Din Din Aviv and Marina Maximilian Blumin
In November 2005 Fernando was granted and distinguished in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the 2005 “Jewish Cultural Achievement Award”. On July 2006 Knopf was part of a special interview with Maestro Lalo Schifrin.
From 2005 till today Mr. Knopf is also the Musical Director of the Israel Salsa Band, part of the Worldwide Hard Salsa CD compilation by Latin Soul Records, NYC, USA.
In 2006 Fernando released worldwide his Debut CD, Latin Jazz Band, with the collaboration of distinguished International Guest Artists. The Group performed extensively for 2 years.
In 2008 Fernando formed his new Quintet and released a Live Recording CD, recorded during a Tour of Concerts abroad.
Knopf also performed with big success at the Red Sea Jazz Festival, The Israeli Parliament (The Knesset), Thelonius Club Buenos Aires, Jamboree Club Barcelona, Café Populart Madrid, La Negra Tomasa Madrid, Boris Club de Jazz Bs As, Teatro San Martin Buenos Aires, Oliverio Jazz Club Buenos Aires, Eilat Mediterranean Salsa Congress, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Rabin Square, Zappa Clubs, Jerusalem Theatre, Haifa Auditorium, Tel Aviv Museum of Arts, International Cruises around Europe, and many more.
Fernando has performed in Argentina, Israel, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Thailand and many more.
In addition, Mr. Knopf is the founder of Latin Power Productions.
Fernando teaches today at the "Rimon College of Jazz and Contemporary Music", directs the Latin Jazz/Salsa Orchestra, Latin American Music Courses, Ensembles, Summer Workshops, Basslines and more. Fernando also conducts workshops and Music Conferences.
Knopf was also the Artistic Director of the Jam Sessions at the Red Sea Jazz Festival 2011.
On September 2012 Fernando wrote and produced a new Multimedia Music Courses for "Rhythm Section" & The Secrets to "How to Play Music together" with sCoolTV.
Fernando Knopf endorses Warwick Basses.
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