Musician, Bassist, 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 B.Mus; Bachelor of Music (B.A) in Bass Guitar & Jazz performance from The Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, and a Jazz Performance Major Degree from the Berklee affiliated “Rimon School of Music”.
In 2000 Knopf began to perform professionally in Jazz Ensembles, Salsa Bands, Latin Groups, Orchestras and Pop/ Rock bands. From 2001 thru 2014 Fernando performed, produced, recorded and Toured with International Artists including:
Superstar Mercedes Sosa, David Broza, Pedrito Martinez (Cuba–NYC), Tito Puente Jr. (Son of the Legend), Master Percussionist and composer Samuel Torres (Colombia/ USA), Bomba Estereo (Colombia), Cuban singer/ Percussionist Igor Arias Baro, Gene Perry, Roberto Rodriguez (Cuba/ NYC), Maestro Efrain Toro (Puerto Rico), Wilson Kriminal (Panama), Jazz singer Nancy King, Singer Deborah Brown, Master Percussionist Gilad Dobrecky, Yelsy Heredia (Cuba-Spain), saxophonist Eli Degibri, Pianist Alon Yavnai, Joca Perpignan (Brazil), Trombonist Avi Lebovich, Zig Zag (NYC) , Missa Criolla with Ensamble Latino Americano, The Tel Aviv Jazz Big Band, The Israel Chamber Orchestra, The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), Bandonionist Eduardo Abramson, Oud Player and Violinist Yair Dallal, Bustan Sefaradi and many more.
Also performed with Israeli Top singers David Broza, Shlomo Idov, Yoram Gaon, Mira Awad, Din Din Aviv and Marina Maximilian.
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.
In 2006 Fernando released worldwide his Debut CD, "Latin Jazz Band", with the collaboration of distinguished Guest Artists. The Group performed extensively for 2 years.
In 2007 Mr. Knopf was part of the Worldwide Hard Salsa CD compilation by Latin Soul Records, NYC, USA.
In 2009 Fernando formed his new Quintet and released a Live Recording CD Quinteto, 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, Teatro San Martin Buenos Aires, Eilat Mediterranean Salsa Congress, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Rabin Square, International Cruises around Europe, and many more.
Mr. Knopf is the Founder and Musical Director of Latin Power Productions.
In addition Fernando teaches today at the "Rimon School of Music", directs the Latin Jazz/Salsa Orchestra, Latin American Music Courses, Ensembles and the Summer Workshops.
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".
On May 2013 Fernando produced and performed in a Tour of concerts with Master Percussionist and composer Samuel Torres.
On June 2013 Fernando produced and arranged the debut Concert by "Yehu" at Zappa Club, combining Electronic music, Pop and Chill Out.
On August 2013 Fernando produced and performed in a special big concert for the Colombian Embassy for the "Colombia Independence Day" in Tel Aviv.
On November 2013 Fernando produced a special concert for the Panama Embassy in Tel aviv at the Hilton Hotel.
The last Production in 2014 by Fernando is the New Top Level Show "Tribute to the Buena Vista Social Club".
New Album CD Fernando Knopf – "La Musica es Sentimientos", to be released on September 2014 !!!
Fernando Knopf endorses Warwick Basses.
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