Gail Hernández Rosa (violin & viola) grew up in Puerto Rico, where music is a strong part of everyday life. Her love for music started at a young age, allegedly singing before speaking. Supported by her father’s fascination with classical music and his training as a baritone, she started violin lessons at age three.
Her career has taken her all over the world, living in several continents and performing with groups such as Gabrieli Consort & Players, Florilegium & Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Her interest in period instrument performance led her to London where she gained a Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music. Thanks to her cultural immersion and Scottish roots, her love affair with baroque and celtic folk music further blossomed, inspiring her to co-found Beneath A Tree - Baroque To Folk.
Gail is based in Monte Rio and performs with American Bach Soloists, Washington Bach Consort & Philharmonia Baroque. She believes in the power of music education, which has led her to be faculty at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland & Hill House International School. As part of SCO Connects she was chamber music coach/conductor, given Masterclasses in the US & UK and adjudicated the 2019 San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Competition and 2021 & 22 Junior Bach Festival. In 2021, Gail joined Sonoma State University’s Music Department and maintains a private teaching studio, both of which bring her great joy.
Her recordings include Chopin Piano Concertos and Mozart Opera Arias & Overtures with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Linn Records) and Telemann and Janitsch with Tempesta di Mare (Chandos Early Music). In October 2020, Gail recorded her solo album, My Cup of Tea, in collaboration with Beneath A Tree, which brings together her love of historical performance and Celtic music.
In her spare time, Gail has a strong yoga and meditation practice. She loves cooking, hiking, swimming and laughing out loud at the many wonders that life offers.