“A star raises his wings.” — Ongaku No Tomo, Japan
Praised for his deeply felt musicianship and inspiring temperament, Helmuth Reichel Silva is emerging as one of the most talented and versatile conductors of South America. He first came to international attention as a finalist at the prestigious Besançon Conducting Competition, subsequently receiving invitations to conduct orchestras in Europe, South America and Asia. Reichel Silva is the winner of the Art Critics Circle of Chile Award for the best performance of the year with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile. Other prizes and accolades include the 2nd Prize at the 6th German Conducting Competition in Stuttgart and the Orchestra Prize at the Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition.
Upcoming engagements include performances with the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile, Orquesta de Cámara de Chile, Orquesta Sinfónica de La Serena and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil. In recent seasons, he has collaborated with soloists Olli Mustonen, Tobias Feldmann, Rafael Aguirre, Alice Sara Ott, Christoph Eß, Jonian Ilias Kadesha, Alexander Markov and many others. Reichel Silva has worked closely together with composers Helmut Lachenmann, Peteris Vasks, Marco Stroppa and Guillaume Connesson, also regularly with the most important composers of his native country Chile such as Tomas Brantmayer, Miguel Farías and Esteban Correa. He has given performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart SWR, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto and Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden, among others. Helmuth Reichel Silva regularly works in Chile as guest conductor with all major orchestras.
Committed to the support and development of young musicians, Reichel Silva has served during the last years as coach and conductor of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. He is a regular guest lecturer on conducting at the Fundación de Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles in his native country. Since 2020, Helmuth Reichel Silva is Chief Conductor of the Orchestra of the University of Dresden.