The Venezuelan conductor, Manuel Hernández-Silva, atudied conducting in the classes of Professors Reinchard Schwarz and Georg Mark at the Vienna Conservatory and finished them in 1989 with honours. That same year, he won first prize in the Forum Junger Künstler competition, conducting the Wiener Kammerorchester in the Austrian capital's Konzerthaus and the Brucknerhaus in Linz.
Manuel Hernández-Silva is currently one of the most promising conductors, due to his charisma, repertoire knowledge and the extensive musical training. He was Chief Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia from 1991 to 1994. 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. From the 2005-2006 season, he is Principal Guest Conductor of the Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra (Checki) and Artistic Director and the Orchestra of Cordoba. His 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.
Manuel Hernández-Silva has been invited to conduct a number of New Year's concerts in Canada and the USA, performing with the following orchestras there: Calgary Philharmonic, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 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.
As guest conductor, Manuel Hernández-Silva has performed with the following orchestras: in Europe: Wiener Symphoniker, Wiener Kammerorchester, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Karlsbad Symphony, Olomouc Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Prussia Chamber Orchestra (Germany), Cologne Symphony Orchestra, Györ Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary), Reina Sofia Orchestra, Orquseta Ciudad de Elche (Spain), Orquesta de Córdoba, Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia, Israel Symphony Orchestra; in the Far East: Philharmonic Orchestra Seoul (South Korea); in Mid and South America: Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, Orquesta Nacional de Chile, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Colombia), Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín (Colombia), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, Orquesta Municipal de Caracas (Venezuela), Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), etc.
Manuel 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. All this has brought him the highest respect of the musicians with whom he has worked, as well as audiences and critics wherever he has performed.
His most recent projects include: June 2009: Johannes Brahms, A German Requiem with Orquesta de Córdoba; July 2009: Festival de Música Clásica de Ayamonte (Spain); October 2009: Prague Radio Orchestra. Rudolfinum, Prague; November 2009: Orquesta Sinfónica del Vallés, Barcelona; November 2009: Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao; December 2009: Complete Piano Concertos by L.v. Beethoven w ith Javier Perianes and Orquesta de Córdoba; January 2010: Orquesta Real Filharmonía de Galicia (Spain); January 2010: Concert with the Orquesta de Córdoba in Pamplona, Spain; May 2010: The Magic Flute at Auditorio de Murcia, Spain with Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia, a production of the Teatro del