Hernando Florez Turrini (MMus, MA), born in Bogotà (Colombia), started playing the piano aged 9 with prof. Gabriela Muñoz. In 1991 he paused his piano studies for 6 years and joined the choir of the Fundación Niños Cantores with which he had the chance to appear in many different theatres in America and Europe. He graduated in piano performance with a minor in composition and theory form the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas under the guidance of polish pianist Ludmila Weber. He has participated in many masterclasses with renowned pianists Pilar Leyva (CO), Blanca Uribe (CO), Mark Selzer (USA), Leonid Kuzmin (RU), and Janusz Olejniczak (PO) among others, and studied for a short period with pianist Adam Wodnicki (PO), at the University of North Texas (USA). He has played in the most prestigious concert halls in his home country, and took part of the ‘900 e Presente contemporary music season organized by the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana and the Swiss Radio (RSI) in Lugano, Switzerland.His professional activity has also reflected a deep interest in music education for more than a decade, having been lecturer of Music History and Analysis at the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas between 2003 and 2005, and piano teacher at the Clermont School (CO) and the Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas. In 2008 he obtained his Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy degree from the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, where he studied with professors Nora Doallo and Roberto Braccini.In the past four years he has turned most of his attention to the research world, joining the department of research and development of the Scuola Universitaria di Musica, first as an assistant and now as a research collaborator.