SIRA HERNÁNDEZ (b 1959 )
Sira Hernández studied music at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ di Torino, Italy, under the tutelage of pianist Remo Remoli, and Felice Quaranta, composer, pianist and the Conservatorio’s director. When she was 16 years old she made her professional debut in the Conservatorio di Musica ‘Giuseppe Verdi’ Auditorium, Milan, and furthered her studies at the Academia Marshall, Barcelona, under the tutelage of Alicia de Larrocha. In 1993 and 1994 she studied composition with Manuel Oltra, following on from studies with Felice Quaranta in Turin. Hernández has taught on courses organised by the city of Turin (Italy), the Academia Marshall, Barcelona directed by Alicia de Larrocha, and in different schools and conservatories across Italy and Spain. As a performer and composer, she has participated in various international concerts, festivals and major cultural events around Spain, such as the Festival Castell de Peralada, Festival Santa Florentina, Toledo International Classical Music Festival, the Ibiza International Music Festival, concert cycles at various foundations and art centres, such as Barcelona EINA, Arts Santa Mònica, Conde Duque, Pompeu Fabra University, the Palau de la Música Catalana, Barcelona Auditorium and at various conservatories, art galleries and theatres.
As a composer, Sira Hernández has collaborated on artistic projects with dancers, actors, poets and artists, resulting in cross-arts recitals and performances. In 2014, her work Iniciación a la sombra, inspired by the verses of the poet Ángel Crespo, premiered at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica in Barcelona and was then performed at the Festival Ellas Crean in Madrid’s Conde Duque Cultural Centre the following year. Iniciación a la sombra is the result of Hernández’s work with the dancer Pau Arán, a member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch dance company in Germany, and the artist Stella Rahola, all in collaboration with the acclaimed actor Manuel Galiana. In 2017, at the Teatre Akademia in Barcelona, she premiered her own music for piano, as part of the spectacle L’altra voce (‘The Other Voice’) by the Italian conductor and choreographer Moreno Bernardi, which was inspired by the verses of the Italian poet Alda Merini. Then, in 2019, she premiered another work, Fantasía para piano, commissioned by the Italian artist Sara Conforti for her performance at the Galleria Gliacrobati in Turin. In June 2019, Hernández also wrote and premiered the piano piece Don’t Forget About That, in memory of the Italian writer Primo Levi on the centenary of his birth, in collaboration with the Centro Internazionale di Studi Primo Levi, Turin. Highlights of her discography include her most recent album Antonio Soler’s Sonatas featuring a transcription by Joaquín Nin, Mompou’s Música Callada (‘Silent Music’), recitals dedicated to Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Oltra and Albéniz, and the album Nocturnos featuring 13 nocturnes by different composers, from Field to contemporary composers.