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Fernando Malvar-Ruiz

Artistic Director

About this Artist

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz is in his second season as Artistic Director of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. An internationally regarded choral conductor, clinician, and educator, he has worked with children’s and youth choirs his entire career. From 2004 to July 2017, Malvar-Ruiz was the Music Director of the American Boychoir, leading some 150 performances and up to five national and international tours annually. He prepared the choir for appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra, among others, working with such conductors as Marin Alsop, Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Valery Gergiev, and artists ranging from cellist Yo-Yo Ma, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, pop legends Beyoncé Knowles, Sir Paul McCartney, and Josh Groban, and opera singers Kathleeen Battle and Jessye Norman. He also conducted the choir on six recordings, led its performances on the Academy Awards and a 9/11 Memorial Service, broadcast globally on CNN, and was the music director on the film Boychoir.

Malvar-Ruiz previously served as the American Boychoir’s Associate Music Director (2000 to 2004) under James Litton. An expert in the adolescent-male evolving voice, Malvar-Ruiz has guest-conducted children’s and youth choirs around the globe. He has a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Ohio State University and completed the coursework toward a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Illinois.