David Hernando Rico
music cirector of the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra
David Hernando Rico began studying music at the conservatory of his native city, Valladolid, Spain, in Bratislava (Slovakia), where he studied orchestra conducting at the Music University of Bratislava where he obtained the title Master Degree in the specialties of Orchestra Conducting, Opera, and Piano Accompanist. For his graduation concert, David Hernando was invited to conduct the Slovak Philharmonic Orquestra. He was a student of Slovakia’s most important orchestra conductors among which we can count the orchestra conductors of the Slovak Philarmonic (Bystrik Rezucha), the Radio Orquestra (Robert Stankovsky) or the Vienna Opera (Victor Malek). He finished his doctorate studies (PhD.) at the High School of Dramatic Arts of Bratislava with a stipend from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he also acted as a professor at the department of Music Theory of that slovak university.
Mr. Hernando is the founder and musical director of the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted recordings of all musical types ranging from contemporary music to soundtracks for films, many of which have won various international prizes of renown. In total he has carried out more 900 recordings for clients from Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Finland, China and other countries. He has worked with recording labels such as Universal, Warner Music, Sony Music and Azteca Music. Of particular noteworthy has been the participation of the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra at the Festival Internacional de Música, Teatro y Danza 2011 (International Music Festival for Theater and Dance 2011) in which the orchestra performed two concerts, one dedicated to film music and the other to the Spanish dance Zarzuela.
As a guest conductor he has conducted various renowned orquestras in Slovakia among which are the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,the Symphonic Orchestra of the Slovak Radio, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kosice, the Orchestra of the Slovak Chamber of Opera,the Chamber Orchestra of Zilina, Camerata Slovaca, and Capella Istropolitana. In Spain he has conducted the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (Principality of Asturias Symphonic Orchestra), the Orquesta de Extremadura (the Orchestra of Extremadura) the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and the Orquesta Real Filarmonía de Galicia (the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia). Also noteworthy has been the invitation extended to Mr. Hernando to conduct the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day concert at the National Opera of Brno in December of 2013 and January of 2014. He also figures as guest conductor of the Slovak National Opera. Among other operas, in the lyrical field he as conducted: L’elixir d’more, Don Giovanni, Prodana Nevesta, Le nozze di Figaro, I Puritani.
During his entire professional career David Hernando Rico has worked tirelessly to introduce the Spanish and Latin American repertoire to Slovakia as well as to the Czech Republic. For this purpose he has conducted various world premieres such as the oratory Tanausú from the composer Paco Viciana from the Canary Islands which was performed in conjunction with the Slovak National Radio. Another such work has been the version for choir and orchestra of the Misa Criolla (Creole Mass) released by the Slovak Sinfonietta in Zilina.
David Hernando Rico is without a doubt one of world’s most renowned conductors in the field of music recording whose vast experience speaks for itself. He excels in conducting recordings for film music. His work includes recordings for composers such as:Hans Zimmer, Lorne Balfe, Brian Tyler and many others among which we also find the Spanish composers Roque Baños y Joan Valent. Among other artists he has also worked with Jean Michel Legrand, Raphael and Rocío Jurado in various projects as orchestra conductor with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra.