Luis Fred currently serves as principal trombonist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, and is professor of trombone and chamber music at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He has also served as co-principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in Spain. Mr. Fred has performed as a soloist with the Puerto Rico Symphony on subscription programs and also in pops- outreach concerts. He has on several occasions performed as a chamber musician or co-produced concerts for the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico. Fred is well known for his teaching, and has given master classes at Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Texas-Austin, Texas State University-San Marco, Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University-Fort Worth. Outside of the mainland United States he has taught at Trombonanza-Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and the Harlaxton International Chamber Music Festival (United Kingdom). As a professor of trombone at the Puerto Rico Conservatory he has been a promoter of major initiatives that have provided the impetus for the formation of a new generation of young musicians. Players of major symphony orchestras and professors of universities in the United States have frequently done master classes or artistic residencies. In 2002 he founded the Seminario Song and Wind, an innovative summer camp aimed towards high school students and teachers. Musicians from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Panama, have participated in such seminars.
Luis F. Fred is a graduate of the Free School of Music in San Juan where he studied with Antonio Salcedo. He studied his Bachelor of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of Keith Brown and Edwin Anderson. He is a Performer's Certificate recipient from Indiana. His graduate work was done at Manhattan School of Music in the Orchestral Performance Program, where he studied with David Finlayson (New York Philharmonic). He is a recipient of the John C. Clark award as outstanding brass student at MSM. Having completed his graduate work, Mr. Fred did extensive additional work with Steve Norrell, (MET Opera), Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra), and Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). Mr. Fred is currently on sabbatical leave from both the Puerto Rico Symphony and Conservatory to pursue doctoral work at Northwestern University.