Festival Ibérico de Música de Badajoz
Teatro López de Ayala
Paseo de San Francisco, 1
Telephone: (+34) 625 199 041
Artistic Director: Javier González Pereira
The Festival Ibérico de Música de Badajoz is held during the second fortnight of May, a festival that, like the River Guadiana, has a long but interrupted run which goes back to 1973, disappears between 1979 and 1983 and ends its first tranche in 1986.
Ten years later, in 1996, the Sociedad Filarmónica de Badajoz was created and within other initiatives, recovered the Festival Ibérico de Música, taking on its organisation and programme until today.
The will to maintain the name of ‘Festival Ibérico’ is due its Hispanic-Portuguese condition and the musical prestige of a festival whose first editions featured performers as important as the pianist from Extremadura Esteban Sánchez or the best Portuguese orchestras (Gulbenkian, Oporto, etc.).
The Festival Ibérico de Música closes the different concert series organised by the Sociedad Filarmónica de Badajoz. In its programmes contrasted musical styles are proposed, with works and performers and musical groups ranging from medieval to jazz or contemporary music. This variety of styles and performers is always guided by programming criteria demanding a careful selection of the programme contents.
Among the most famous artists who have performed in the festivals organised by the Sociedad Filarmónica, can be mention Jordi Savall, Josep María Colom, Lluís Claret, Grigory Sokolov, David Russell, Caio Pagano, José Luis Estellés, Elena Gragera, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Asier Polo, Jorge Luis Prats, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Javier Perianes, Bertrand Chamayou, among others; and chamber ensembles like Gabrieli Consorts & Players, Il Giardino Armonico, Musica Antiqua Köln with Reinhardt Goebel, Cuarteto Casals, Octeto Ibérico, Oxalys Ensemble, etc.