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. Previous to thess appointments, he was co-principal trombonist of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid and Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla in Spain.  In the United States, he was the tenor trombonist with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts. He has had the opportunity to work with music directors of internationally renowned orchestras such as: Bernard Haitink, Jaap van Zweeden - Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue - New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach - Houston Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, with the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.


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. Among his credits with the Casals; a joint concert with members of the New York Philharmonic Brass (2003), works of Igor Stravinsky (2007), and Metales del Festival Casals (2011), an all brass concert in which Derek Bourgeois Osteoblast was premiered in Puerto Rico. On the summer of 2014, Mr. Fred did concerts and went on tour with Trombones de Costa Rica. As part of this tour, he performed Vinizio Meza’s Concierto para Cuatro Trombones with the Santa Fe Provincial Band.


He 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 work with Steve Norrell, (MET Opera) on Song and Wind. He has done additional studies with: 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