Manuel Hernández-Silva, conductor
Manuel Hernández-Silva is currently one of the most promising conductors, due to his charisma, repertoire knowledge and the extensive musical training he has been enjoying ever since he came to Vienna 20 years ago. He completed the classes of Professors R. Schwarz and G. Mark at the Vienna Conservatory with distinction. That same year, he won first prize in the Forum Junger Künstler competition, conducting the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in the Austrian capital's Konzerthaus and the Brucknerhaus in Linz.
Currently, he is at the helm of the Orquesta de Córdoba (Spain), an orchestra he has transformed into one of the best in Spain, as proved by the outstanding musical quality of the CD productions that have been recorded since his arrival in 2005. The huge success of the recent tour of Austria and the Czech Republic, with performances at all major concert venues there, speaks for itself, as does the ovation he received in the Vienna Musikverein.
Hernández-Silva's repertoire ranges from the classical period, to which he has dedicated much of his time, to the German and Russian romantic repertoire and Spanish and Latin American music.
As guest conductor, he has performed with the following orchestras: Wiener Symphoniker, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Seoul, North Czech Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Orquesta Nacional de Chile, Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquesta Municipal de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (Venezuela) and Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia, whose Chief Conductor he was between 1991 and 1994.
He has been invited to conduct a number of New Year's concerts in Canada and the U.S., performing with the following orchestras there: Calgary Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Hartford Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Portland Symphony. His concert at the Boston Symphony Hall with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in January 2004 was a particular success.
Maestro Hernández-Silva is also much in demand as a teacher, dedicating much of his time to giving international conducting and interpretation classes, as well as lectures.