Rolando Fernandez Lara was born in Havana, Cuba in 1990, in a family of Cuban and Mexican musicians. He started playing cello at the age of 4 under the guidance of his father.
Fernandez has received prizes at the international competitions; In 2009 was awarded the special prize of the jury in the sixth International Cello Competition “Carlos Prieto”; in 2013 receives honorable mention at the International cello competition “Leos Janacek” in Brno, Czech Republic in 2013; in 2014 – Third prize at the “Amsterdam Cello Biennale” and the “Kronberg Akademie prize” to participate in Masterclasses of this akademie; in 2017 wins the second prize at the International cello competition “Anton Rubinstein” in Dusseldorf, Germany.
He participated in Masterclasses with maestri Rafael Wallfish, Sol Gabetta, Ivan Monighetti, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Antonio Meneses, Frans Helmerson, Nicolas Altstaedt, Enrico Bronzi, Leonid Gorokhov, Levon Mouradian, Vladimir Toncha, Uzi Wiesel, Gustav Rivinius, Sadao Harada (Tokyo String Quartet), David Finckel (Emerson Quartet), Leonid Shukov (Saint-Petersburg Quartet), Wolfgang Laufer (Fine Arts Quartet), Arnau Tomas (Casals Quartet).
From 2011 to 2015 he has a bachelor degree from the conservatorium of Maastricht, the Netherlands with Prof. Alexander Petrasch, graduating “with distinction”.
During his studies in The Netherlands he is invited to play with Maestro Gil Sharon, participating in various chamber music concerts of the “Amati Ensamble”. Rolando also performed as soloist with Maastricht Conservatorium Orchestra at the “Russian Music Festival 2011” playing works by P.I. Tchaikovsky.
From 2016 to 2018 he continues his masters studies with Prof. Antonio Meneses in the “Hochschule der Kunste, Bern” University of applied sciences, Switzerland.
Rolando has performed throughout the world with different orchestras and ensembles such as the Weimar Staatskapelle, Haydn Philarmonie (orchestra in residence at the Esterházy Castle, Austria) Amati ensemble.
In 2019 he is selected to participate at the “Tchaikovsky International Competition” 2019 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
In 2020 he is invited by Alondra de la Parra to form part of “The impossible Orchestra”.
He is a musician part of the “Yehudi Menuhin Live music Now Berlin e.v “.
Currently he is studying with Prof. Nicolas Altstaedt at the “Hanns Eisler Hochschule fur Musik”, Berlin.