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Philharmonic to perform Gulda, Bernstein, Gershwin in ‘Harmony’ concert

Skopje, 22 February 2024 (MIA) – Conducted by Manuel Hernández-Silva, the Philharmonic will perform a concert featuring cellist Dragan Djordjevic as soloist. The concert of works by Friedrich Gulda, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin, is titled ‘Harmony’ and begins at 8 pm.

According to the Philharmonic in a press release, the concert program consists of Gulda’s “Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra, Op. 129,” symphonic dances from Bernstein’s musical “West Side Story” and “An American in Paris,” Gershwin’s symphonic poem for orchestra.

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.

Hernández-Silva has conducted in several renowned international festivals, and he is a frequent guest of Spanish and foreign orchestras. He has been principal conductor of the Murcia Symphony Orchestra and Córdoba Orchestra in Spain; principal guest conductor of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Caracas in Venezuela, with which he worked intensively for over five years; and chief conductor and artistic director of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and the Navarra Symphony Orchestra in Spain.

Dragan Djordjevic has been called the ambassador of the Serbian cello school, the founder of Viva Cello ensemble, the Ravanelius festival, and the cofounder of Rubikon quartet and artist director of Belgrade’s International Cello Fest.

He studied at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade and London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has performed with the London Symphony orchestra, the Royal Northern Symphony, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.