Palau de la Música de València
Paseo de la Alameda, 30
Information telephone: (+34) 96 337 50 20
President: Glòria Tello Company
General Manager: Vicent Ros Peydro
Principal Conductor and Artistic Director: Ramón Tebar
Manager: José Manuel García Nestares
Assistant Music Director: Manuel Muñoz
Inaugurated on April 25th 1987, the Palau de la Música de València formed part of the so-called National Plan for Auditoriums designed in 1983. It was also the first public building of cultural nature to be built on the old bank of the River Turia, refurbished for the use and enjoyment of the city after diverting the course according to the Plan Sur.
Designed by the architect José María García de Paredes, the Palau counts with a main hall, the ‘Sala Iturbi’, with capacity for 1,800 spectators that has been visited by great orchestras, conductors, soloists and singers and enjoys exceptional acoustics. The chamber hall ‘Rodrigo’ counts with 420 seats and the two conference halls, ‘Lucrecia Bori’ and ‘Martín y Soler’, with a capacity for 140 people. Moreover, there is a space reserved for a permanent exhibition, with documentary archives of the auditorium, as well as the history of Valencian music.
Fully integrated in the musical life of the city and established as one of indisputable cultural references of Valencia, the great activity of the auditorium and its growing diversification, led to build a new extension in 2002, designed by Eduardo de Miguel, which occupies two underground levels adjacent to the original building, to house an administration area, five rehearsal rooms, multipurpose hall, archive, cafeteria and a fantastic atrium of a multipurpose character which provides a link between the original building and its extension.
The Palau de la Música is the venue of the Orquesta de València, one of the oldest Spanish orchestras. The Orchestra has reached 75 years of life in 2018 and is one of the main pillars of the Subscription programme of the auditorium. The great classic music of the Annual Subscription Season, integrated by the concerts of the Orquesta de València together with the events with great international soloists and orchestras, coexisting with other series dedicated to the cançó, jazz, rock, pop and other modern music. The Palau also develops an important programme with educational purposes and addressed to family audience, besides a specific activity of a benevolent and inclusive character, as well as an important facet oriented to congresses of a local, national and international character.
The 2018-19 Subscription Season of the Palau de la Música de València consists of 43 concerts, besides some extraordinary concerts. Valery Gergiev, Grigory Sokolov, Gregory Kunde, Vladimir Yurowski, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Martin Fröst, Rudolf Buchbinder, Alondra de la Parra, Zandra McMaster, Murray Perahia, Gautier Capuçon, Hilary Hahn and many other figures will visit the Palau this season.
Among the orchestras, the Palau will count with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo, Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg with Gustavo Gimeno, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker and Adam Fischer, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Juanjo Mena, Symphonic Orchestra of the Mariinski Theatre of St. Petersburg, Choir and Orchestra of les Arts Florissants with William Christie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Mikko Franck and the Orquestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Vladímir Yúrovski.
As far as the soloists are concerned, worthy of mention are Juan Diego Flórez and Piotr Beczala in vocals; the violinists Janine Jansen and Vilde Frang; the pianists Daniil Trifonov and Javier Perianes; besides great wind soloists like the clarinet player Martin Fröst and the flute player Emmanuel Pahud.
The Orquesta de València, once finished the celebration of its 75th anniversary, commenced the new season with the Resurrection Symphony by Mahler conducted by Ramón Tebar, principal conductor and artistic director. The Orchestra takes rare repertoires up with the return to Mendelssohn, in a series specially dedicated to the composer, of whom all his symphonies and some other works like A Midsummer Night’s Dream or the Violin concert will be heard.
As guest conductors, among others the Orchestra will count with Miguel Ángel Gómez-Martínez, Thomas Dausgaard, Ton Koopman, Alondra de la Parra, Alexander Liebreich or Carlos Miguel Prieto, and will accompany Sabine Meyer, Gidon Kremer, Renaud Capuçon, Alisa Weilerstein, Leila Josefowicz, Julian Rachlin, etc. Moreover, the Orchestra will offer evenings with its own professors as soloists, like María Rubio, trumpet player and, for the first time, the Palau counts with resident artists, the violoncellist Gautier Capuçon, as well as the resident composer Francisco Coll from Valencia.