Tanja Becker-Bender /violin/, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Manuel Hernández-Silva /conductor/

Concert venue: Castle Riding Hall


10/8 2018 Friday 7:30 p.m.

Castle Riding Hall

Tribute to Emil Friedmann Kossuth /110th anniversary of his birth/
Tanja Becker-Bender (Germany) – violin
Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic)
Manuel Hernández-Silva (Venezuela/Spain) – conductor


Edward Elgar (1857–1934): Salut d´amour Op. 12
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893): Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major, Op. 35
Allegro moderato
Canzonetta. Andante
Finale. Allegro vivacissimo


Johannes Brahms (1833–1897): Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98
Allegro non troppo
Andante moderato
Allegro giocoso
Allegro energico e passionato


In 2018 one hundred and ten years will have passed since the birth of Professor Emil Friedman Kossuth (1908–2002). After 1945 he settled down in Venezuela, where he was appointed director of the Music Academy of the Venezuelan state Maracaibo. In 1949 he founded the Emil Friedman School of Music. Besides general education prescribed by the government, these institutions also provided cultural education, above all in the field of music, fine arts, informatics and sports. Nowadays Colegio de Emil Friedman holds a prestigious place in the Venezuelan educational system.

About artists

Tanja Becker-Bender was early on awarded top prizes at international competitions, where she performed with renowned orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart SWR and the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin. She is a regular guest at international chamber music festivals. Her latest CD for Hyperion Records, which includes Paganini’s 24 caprices, Schulhoff’s works for violin and piano, Reger’s violin concerto and Respighi’s works for violin and piano, was awarded numerous distinctions by the international press (Editor’s Choice, Gramophone and Classic FM, Disc of the Month, BBC Music Magazine, “Outstanding Award”, International Record Review, “Star of the Month”, Fonoforum). Working with contemporary composers is of special importance to her, leading to cooperation with Peter Ruzicka, Cristóbal Halffter, Peteris Vasks and Michael Gielen. Tanja Becker-Bender has also performed premieres of works by Alexander Goehr, Rolf Hempel and Benedict Mason. During this season, a CD of Paul Hindemith’s sonatas, played together with pianist Péter Nagy, and recordings of concertos by Strauss, Busoni and Ligeti will be released. Tanja Becker-Bender studied with the leading quartet musicians of the world, with Wilhelm Melcher (Melos Quartet) in Stuttgart, with Günter Pichler (Alban Berg Quartet) in Vienna and with Rober Mann (Juilliard String Quartet) in New York. Important impulses came from Eberhard Feltz and Ferenc Rados. Already in 2006 she was appointed professor at the University of Music in Saarbruecken and since 2009 she has been teaching as a professor at the University of Music and Theatre in Hamburg.


Manuel Hernández-Silva conducts at important international festivals and he is a regular guest of foreign orchestras. During his career he was principal conductor of the Córdoba Orchestra and for five years he closely cooperated with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Caracas as principal guest conductor. He is currently chief conductor and artistic director of the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra and musical director of the Youth Orchestra of Andalucía.


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