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Laura Daniela Hernández Coral

Bogotá, 1990. She started musical studies at the age of four, taking piano lessons with professor Claudia Liliana Zambrano in Pasto. At the age of six started with drums lessons with Nixon Obando, and later studied at Fundación Batuta in Pasto, where she started violin studies.

At the age of nine, she moved to Bogotá and began to study at Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Colombia (FOSJC) and continued her piano and violin lessons with Miguel Duarte and Miguel Guevara. She took theory classes at the same conservatory, and received a diploma in the summer of 2005. She has participated with the FOSJC Orchestra under Ernesto Díaz and Ruth Lamprea.

In 2008 started studies at Universidad de los Andes, and in 2009 began to study Music at the same University. She realized her Composition studies with Santiago Lozano and Percussion with Sandra Sichacá, being lauded her graduation composition Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and Symphony Orchestra, “Carnival” and her percussion graduation recital. During her studies, she was Principal Timpanist for Orchestra of Universidad de los Andes, under conductor Manuel Cubides Greiffenstein. She has performed as a soloist and with different ensembles in many cities in Colombia and abroad.

She took piano lessons with María Bárbara Sampera de la Tejera. She participated in V and VI Marimba Festival (2011, 2012), Stage of Marimba and Percussion in Medellín (2013), Santa Catarina Music Festival – Brasil (2014), and was selected to participate in American Wind Symphony Orchestra, 58th Anniversary (2015) under conductor Robert Austin Boudreau. She took percussion master classes with professors Alejandro Ruiz, José Guillermo Martínez, Juan David Forero, Sebastian Efler, Alexander Ziborov, Eduardo Gianesella, Pedro Carneiro, Conrado Moya, Tsuey-Ying Tai, Nebojša Jovan Živković, and Li Biao.

In many times she has participated as supernumerary in Colombia National Symphony Orchestra under conductors Carlos Izcaray, Alejandro Posada, José Luis Domínguez, Rodolfo Fischer and Olivier Grangean. She has national premiered many works as Concertino for Marimba and String Orchestra (Rihards Zaļupe) with Orquesta de la Universidad de los Andes, Three Oranges (Joel Hoffman) and Prelude and Fuge (Sam Perkin) with the violinist Iván Jiménez. She participated as the principal percussionist in the premier of german short films with live music, Stillleben and Deconstruct, under the specialist in film music, conductor Helmut Imig, in the IIIM Week 2014 (Intercultural Exchange of Images and Music).

She was selected to participate at Days of Contemporary Music in February of 2014, and at the First International Festival of String Quartets of Universidad Nacional (2014). She has studied composition for film and television with Ben Newhouse of Berklee College of Music, and took composition master classes with Pablo Cristian Cetta of Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, Cergio Prudencio, director of Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos (Experimental Orchestra of Native Instruments), and Gustavo Leone of Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola, University of Chicago.

Her works have been premiered at many concerts and events; her work Unexpected won the prize “Favourite Work by Public” at 2nd Best Performance Competition of Music Department at Universidad de los Andes.

She was selected as finalist in the international contest Hit Like a Girl, 2016 and 2017. In 2017 she was granted a full scholarship for the program Berklee Latino in Bogotá, Colombia; she participated in the program as a drummer.
On December 2018 was part of the interviews by Drum Magazine for #WCW Woman Crush Wednesday.

She currently plays with the metal bands Distance Between and Detonator, and is part of the latin orchestra Salserismo, under conductor Rodrigo Vasquez, where she plays minor percussion.

She proudly endorses TRX Cymbals.

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4 responses to “Laura Daniela Hernández Coral”

  1. Drummerdanva says:

    That was amazing!! I also play an e-kit in my house mainly for being quieter but that might have been the most complex involved e-kit playing I have ever seen. I am curious as to what e-kit (looks like a TD-9?) and do you send midi to a computer for the sounds? Anyway that was some serious drumming.

  2. Awesome playing Laura!! Congrats. Good luck

  3. Nice playing Laura! Really appreciate the different angles so I can see what you are doing! R-

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