Patricio graduated in Percussion from the Faculty of Arts, University of Chile, under the supervision of Elena Corvalán and Ramón Hurtado. With a scholarship granted by the Andes Foundation, he studied at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, with George Gaber and Timothy Adams Jr. Patricio won the Young Soloists contests at Carnegie Mellon in 1997. Playing with the Philharmonic of this university, he performed at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and Kennedy Center, in Washington.
He has performed in concerts and tours in Peru and Bolivia as a member of the Percusión Rythmus group. Patricio has also participated as a guest percussionist and timpanist of all the orchestras of Santiago and region, having also acted as Principal with the San Luis Symphony, in Argentina, and for twelve years as Percussion and Timpani Assistant with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a chamber music performer and soloist, he has premiered several works – some of them written for him – and participated in recordings and contemporary music festivals. Professor at the University of Chile from 1998 to 2012, Patricio Hernández is recognized as one of the heads of a new generation of percussionists in his country.