Manuel Hernández-Silva makes yet another debut with a French national orchestra, this time the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, after his debut last June with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine. Just arrived from the US after conducting two concerts with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, in which he conducted the American premiere of works by Manuel Moreno Buendía and Roberto Sierra, Manuel Hernández-Silva will lead the orchestra in five concerts that will take place in Nantes and the Loire region between 4 and 12 March. In addition to the absolute premieres of Gonzalo Grau and Gabriel Sivak, commissioned by the ONPL, the program also includes works by Saint-Saëns, Piazzolla, Ravel and Aldemaro Romero, with the violinist Alexis Cárdenas and his quartet as soloists.
After his return to France, Hernández-Silva will debut the following week with the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic in Bodø and Tromsø, where he will once again conduct several premieres. Two works by Pacho Flores will be World premieres: Musas y resuello, originally conceived for Brass Ensemble, and Cantos y Revueltas, for trumpet, Venezuelan cuatro and strings in their original composition; as well as the Norwegian premiere of Historias de Flores y Tangos, trumpet concerto by Daniel Freiberg. This piece, along with works by other prominent composers such as Arturo Márquez, Roberto Sierra, Paquito D’Rivera, Efraín Oscher, Gabriela Ortiz or Christian Lindberg, is part of the project of shared commissions for new trumpet concertos promoted by Pacho Flores, in which Hernández-Silva has a fundamental role participating in up to five premieres (D’Rivera, Sierra, Freiberg, Oscher and Ortiz) and further renditions of these and other concertos.
Right after this, Manuel Hernández-Silva will travel to Argentina to conduct the opening concert of the symphonic season of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colón, in a program that includes Brahms’s Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann and his Symphony No. 1. Back in Spain, he will spend two weeks in A Coruña for his debut with the Galician Symphony Orchestra, with the World premiere of Altar de Bronce, Gabriela Ortiz’s trumpet concerto, Paquito D’Rivera’s Concerto Venezolano, whose Spanish premiere he conducted with the Valencia Orchestra last February 2022, and Vassili Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1. Along with this debut, he will conduct another concert with the Galician Youth Symphony Orchestra, again with Pacho Flores as soloist, in a program that includes the Concierto de Otoño by Arturo Márquez, Albares, a concert for flugelhorn by Flores himself, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. Later commitments will take him to Colombia, Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Singapore, etc.