On Friday 27 January, at a special event at the Radio Theatre in London, BBC Radio 3 announced that José Hernando, a 19-year-old self-taught virtuoso accordion player, will be Radio 3’s World Routes Academy student with Colombian accordion player Egidio Cuadrado as his mentor.
Now in its third year, the BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy aims to support and inspire young world music artists by bringing them together with an internationally renowned artist in the same field and belonging to the same tradition. The scheme targets genres of music and musical skills that are under threat to help preserve them.
This year, the young and talented London-born Columbian José Hernando will launched onto the international stage. After falling in love with Vallenato, the popular folk style from the Caribbean coast of Columbia, José started playing in a number of Vallenato and Cumbia folk bands in London. Additionally, he is the musical director of Revolucion Vallenata, a multi-cultural band celebrating the Vallenato tradition. José is also currently studying for a degree in guitar at the Tech Music School in West London. José says: “I still can’t quite believe I’m going to be the apprentice for the World Routes Academy this year. I’m so excited and honoured to be taking part in the scheme and am really looking forward to working with Egidio over the coming months.”
Listen to this special World Routes Academy broadcast on BBC iplayer.
Congratulations to José Hernando and the World Music Network look forward to hearing the results of this special collaboration.