Composer, pianist, director and teacher, the eighth of nine siblings, Emiliana de Zubeldía began her studies in Pamplona with José Ezcurra and later at the Municipal Academy of Music. Her musical education turned into a professional career, seeing her travelling to Paris to continue learning at the Schola Cantorum, founded by Vincent d’Indy and folklorist Charles Bordes. Hence the use of melodies derived from folklore in her compositions, which are coloured with manifestations of nationalist nuances. After returning to Pamplona, she began her career as a concert pianist and obtained a position as a teacher at the Pamplona Municipal Academy of Music. Following her divorce, she settled in Paris where she accompanied the Ballets Russes as a pianist, also working as an organist. After a brief return to Pamplona, she travelled to America passing through Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and the United States, finally settling in Mexico. There she built a new life, changing her date of birth and concealing details about her personal history.
21 to 25 September 2020.
He was born in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, where he began his musical studies. At 15, he moved to Vienna to complete his training at the State Conservatory. He won several music competitions, such as the Pegasus prize, the Bosendorfer grant in Vienna, the Coleman in Santiago de Compostela, Musical Youth in Spain, and twice the prize for best accompanying pianist from the Jacinto Guerrero Foundation. As a soloist he has collaborated with the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, the City of Oviedo Symphony Orchestra, the Córdoba Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Spain, the RTVE Orchestra, the Polish RTV Orchestra, the Murcia Region Orchestra, the Hungarian Chamber Orchestra, and the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, among others.
He won the Ritmo magazine award for his album of piano music by Guridi and Padre Donostia. His second solo album focused on the work of Spanish composers from the second republic. He made the first world recordings of Falcón-Sanabria's Concierto para piano, Carmelo Bernaola's Nostálgico para piano y orquesta, and, together with Marta Zabaleta, the Concierto para dos pianos y gran orquesta by Ángel Martín Pompey. He is currently a Professor of Vocal Repertoire at the Escuela Superior de Canto in Madrid, also teaching courses in singing elsewhere in Spain and the United States.
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
The current Navarre Symphony Orchestra was founded by Mr. Pablo Sarasate in 1879, which makes it the oldest active orchestral group in Spain. At present, it is part of the Baluarte Foundation, an institution financed mainly by the Government of Navarre. As such, it is the official orchestra of the Autonomous Community. In its almost one hundred and forty years of existence, the Pablo Sarasate Symphony Orchestra has performed in the main auditoriums, opera seasons and festivals, both in Spain and abroad. On several occasions its performances have proven to be particularly relevant at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as other important European auditoriums in the concert tour organised by the Universal Music label. As the preferred orchestra of composer and violinist Pablo Sarasate, its recording of the entire work of this Navarrese composer for Naxos, with violinist Tianwa Yang, has been unanimously praised by international critics. Also with this label, the Navarre Symphony Orchestra undertook a recording project with the Polish conductor Antoni Wit, the principal conductor until the 2017-2018 season. The Navarre Symphony Orchestra presents an annual season of concerts to the public of Navarre in the cities of Pamplona and Tudela, in the Baluarte Auditorium and in the Gaztambide Theater, respectively. It also organises significant social and educational activities throughout the Autonomous Community. Manuel Hernández Silva is its Principal and Artistic Director, a position he assumed in the 2018-2019 season.
He graduated with honours from the Vienna Higher Conservatory, under professors Reinchard Schwarz and Georg Mark. In his graduation year, he won the Forum Jünger Künstler conducting competition organised by the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, conducting this group at the Konzerthaus in Austria’s capital and at the Brucknerhaus in the city of Linz.
He has been the principal conductor of the Córdoba Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Caracas, and musical director of the Andalucía Youth Orchestra. He is currently the principal and artistic director of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and the Navarre Symphony Orchestra.
Maestro Hernández Silva also dedicates himself intensely to teaching, giving international courses in conducting and performance, as well as numerous conferences.
He has also been a guest conductor with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Radio, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Philharmonic (Korea), the Nord Czech Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Karlsbad Symphony (Czech Republic), the Olomouc Philharmonic (Czech Republic), the Rheinische Philharmonie, the BIel Symphony Orchestra, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the Chilean National Orchestra, the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Caracas Symphony Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela), the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra (Germany) and the Janacek Philharmonic (Czech Republic). Across the nation, he is a regular guest of practically all Spanish orchestras.
Concierto para piano y orquesta n. 2