Pedro Fernández Saavedra joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as associate principal percussion in 2022. Prior to this appointment, he held positions with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Chautauqua Symphony, the Houston Ballet Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Hawaii Symphony. He has also appeared both in the section and as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of his native Panama.
As a chamber musician Mr. Fernández has participated in the Resident Artist series of the Chautauqua Institution and the Perspectives series of the Texas Music Festival; with the Frost Chamber Players at Festival Miami; and at the Alfredo de Saint Malo Festival. He is equally as comfortable with other genres and his interests outside of classical music have made him a frequent guest with various groups in Indianapolis and across the country.
Mr. Fernández has been on the faculties of Ball State University, Lone Star College—Montgomery, the Chautauqua Music Festival, and the Percussion Conservatory (online platform). He has appeared as a clinician at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Conservatorio de Música del Estado de México, Indiana University, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as the National Institute of Music and the National University of Panama.
Mr. Fernández holds degrees from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and Sam Houston State University. His main teachers have included Matthew Strauss, Svet Stoyanov, John Lane, and Osvaldo Sempris. He also attended the Aspen, Texas, and Pacific music festivals as well and the National Repertory Orchestra.