Born in Barcelona on 20 May 1957, he studied solfege, harmony and piano with Maria Dolors Sumalla and Lluís Albert, guitar with Cèsar A. Roche at Ars Nova; piano with Maria Roche and cello with Carlos Araujo. He trained with Iorg Demus in the interpretation seminar of the Viennese classics and with Luigi Nonoin the composition seminars, among many others. He studied composition and electroacoustic music with Gabriel Brnzic at the Phonos Foundation.
In 1977 he performed alone in Zeleste in Plateria street in Barcelona. In 1980 he recorded his first album with two songs: Carme and T’he sorprès a mitja veu, produced by Antoni Parera Fons. It wasn’t until 1984 and, on his return from Brazil, that Hernàez released his first full-length album: Una foguera de Sant Joan en ple gener, which he presented at the Barcelona Grec Festival that same year with four concerts in the Plaça del Rei in Barcelona. In April 1985, he presented the album La tardor a Pekin, produced by Joan Bibiloni, in the Sala Zeleste. Later, in 1986, he published the album 7PM and in 1987 Gente, in collaboration with Josep Maria Bardagí. In 1988, Arigató was released, in which he once again adopted the sound of a group. In 1990 he worked with Jordi Gas on the transition album L’últim segon d’un gran somni.
In 1993 he began a second musical stage with Llunes del Passeig de Gràcia and released Cockroaches, the original soundtrack to the film of the same name directed by Toni Mora. He participated in different collective projects, such as the tribute album to Neil Young, Com un huracà (1996), in which he performed a version of the song Alabama. Enric Hernàez i el Lotus Blau was the album she presented in 1997, with collaborations by Ai,Ai,Ai, Jofre Bardagí and Sau. He presented it in the Espai de Barcelona with Ai, Ai, Ai, Jofre Bardagi, Josep Maria and Pere Bardagí and Joan Manuel Serrat as guests. In 2002, he published Oh Poetas Salvajes, a CD composed of poems set to music by Mario Benedetti, Ángel González, Indio Naborí, Cristina Peri Rossi, Felipe Boso, Bernardo Atxaga and Juan de Loxa, among others. In 2008, he edited No t’oblido ni quan l’aspra nit s’obre with poems by David Castillo that also includes a text by Bob Dylan and a poem by Núria Martínez Vernís. In 2010 he released 360 llunes, an album in which Hernàez offers an anthological look at his repertoire and three new songs (Luxe, Veure com Newton et saluda and Cançó per a Helena), recorded live at the concert of the Barnasants Festival on March 11th 2010, an artistic career of 30 years.
Enric Hernàez was awarded the Premi Barnasants 2011 for the best concerts of the official section of the festival, for the live presentation of his 360 llunes at the Auditori Barradas in L’Hospitalet. In 2012, he participated in the biennial Catalunya-Uruguay with six concerts in Montevideo and San José. He edited the song Luna, adapted to Italian by Segio Sacchi in the collective CD Le cose di Amilcare. In 2013 he presented in Vielha He mirat les muntanyes com brillaven, on texts by Catalan and Occitan poets from the 12th century to the present day, with the collaboration of the Aranese Alidé Sans and the Occitan soprano Muriel Batbie-Castell at the opening of Barnasants 2.013. He has performed in Portugal, France, Italy, Cuba, Morocco, Uruguay and other places. In 2014 he performed at the Tenco de Sanremo (Italy) and released the album Cançó per a Helena, with the collaboration of the Taller de Músics.
As a teacher, he has been giving private lessons in musical language, harmony and guitar for more than 25 years. From 2005 to 2009 he gave classes for the IES and civic centres of Barcelona and surroundings for the Jarra Azul Association. To illustrate, he was the guitar substitute at the music school of Esplugues. He is currently a teacher at the Taller de Músics, specifically in the workshop of song creation and complementary repertoire at the ESEM.
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