Manuel Hernández Silva
“" Manuel Hernández-Silva has positioned the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra to an artistic level unconceivable short time ago."” LA OPINIÓN
“" The only presence of this conductor on stage electrifies the environment in such way that the musicians feel invaded by a vital energy shaped by an artistic sense of enormous musicality."” EL MUNDO
Manuel Hernández-Silva earned his degree from Vienna’s Superior Conservatory (Konservatorium der Stadt Wien) with honors, under Professors Reinhard Schwarz and Georg Mark. In his senior year he won the Forum Jünger Künstler Conducting Competition, convened by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, which he conducted in the Austrian capital’s Konzerthaus.
He is currently the Music and Artistic Director of the Navarra Symphony Orchestra in Spain. He held the position of Music and Artistic Director of the Málaga Philharmonic for 5 years until June 2020 and was also Music Director of the Córdoba Orchestra and the Murcia Symphony Orchestra. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra in Caracas, with which he worked intensively for five years.
He has led principal orchestras around the world, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio, Janacek Philharmonic, Nord Czech Philharmonic, Olomouc Philharmonic, Biel Symphony Orchestra, Mulhouse Symphony, Rheinische Philharmonie, Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Teatro Colón, Chile National Symphony Orchestra, Venezuela Symphony Orchestra,Symphony Orchestra, Caracas Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
One of the most acclaimed conductors in Spain he has collaborated with the RTVE Symphony, Real Filharmonia of Galicia, the National Orchestra of Barcelona and Catalunya, the National Orchestra of Spain, the Extremadura Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, the Granada City Orchestra and the Castilla y Leon Symphony.
Some recent highlights include a celebrated production of Cosí fan tutte at Teatro Cervantes in Málaga, the absolute premiere of Pacho Flores with the Galician Philharmonic that will be released as a recording for the Deutsche Grammophon label; and some important debuts are coming up with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, the Hradec Králové Philharmonic, the Bogotá Philharmonic and a return to the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires the Cesi Krumlov Festival.
As an opera conductor, he received great public and critical acclaim for his rendition of some Mozart opera titles, such as Die Zauberflöte, Cosí fan tutte and Don Giovanni, Fidelio, Manon Lescaut in Málaga, Jerez and Navarra. Maestro Hernández-Silva has undertaken an intense teaching activity, teaching internationally on conducting and performing, as well as numerous conferences.