Sociedad Filarmónica de Valencia
Calle Conde Salvatierra de Álava, 9, 4º D
Telephone: (+34) 963 516 106
President: Juan Vila Llop
First Vice-President: José Ramón Roca Rivera
Second Vice-President: Salvador Pemán Pueyo
Treasurer: Mª Pilar Carrera Merino
Accountant: Ramón Francisco Martínez Vidal
Secretary: Vicente Muñoz Sanjosé
Vice-Secretary: Carmina Cortés Villalba
Members: Marta Conesa Llansola, Ramón Almazán Hernández, Javier Casal Novoa,
Manuel López-Almansa López, Gonzalo Lloréns Bañón, Carlos Vicente Peñafort Pérez
and Fernando Rodríguez González-Barranca
The Sociedad Filarmónica de Valencia (SFV) started its activities in February 1912 and in its more than 100 years of life, the promotion of concerts has been the backbone of its efforts. In this line, the SFV has programmed concerts with world class artists like Enrique Granados, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, José Iturbi, Montserrat Caballé, Renata Scotto, Teresa Berganza, Alicia de Larrocha, Wanda Landowscka, Victoria de los Ángeles, Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig, Eduardo del Pueyo, Joaquín Achúcarro, Daniel Barenboim, María Joao Pires, to mention but a few. Also several orchestras and ensembles of great international presence, like the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Stockholm, the Northern Sinfonia of England, the Petri Quartet with which the society was inaugurated, the Gewandhaus String Quartet, the Prazak Quartet, the Kubelik trio and so on with the more than 2,300 concerts organised until now.
In this context, the Sociedad Filarmónica de Valencia has introduced important national and international performers and has been the launching platform for many of them. The collaboration in competitions like the ‘Memorial López Chavarri’, that of orchestral conducting ‘Manuel Palau’ and the international piano competition ‘José Iturbi’, organised by the Valencia County Council should be mentioned.
In 1997, the Valencia Town Hall granted to SFV the Gold Medal of the City, for its uninterrupted work of promotion and dissemination of music. Likewise, the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos granted it in 1999 the Medal of Fine Arts and in October 2011 it was granted the Cultural Merit Distinction of the Government of Valencia, as well as in 2012 the Medal of the University of Valencia coinciding with the celebration of the Society centenary.
Initially, the SFV offered its programme in the Events Hall of the Valencia Conservatory in Plaza de San Esteban and later on in the Teatro Principal of the city. For decades, the Filarmónica, together with the Orquesta de Valencia, then called the Municipal, maintained musical activity alive in a city that did not count with the musical offer it fortunately has today.
Since 1987 the SFV holds its concerts in the Palau de la Música de Valencia thanks to the sponsorship of the Valencia Town Hall and continues offering a varied programme entrusted to excellent performers, both national and international. To go to the concerts, it is necessary to be a member and pay the monthly fee. Whoever wants to become a member should address to the offices of the Sociedad Filarmónica in la calle Conde Salvatierra de Álava, 9, 4º D, on working days, except Saturdays and concert days, from 16:00 to 20:00 hours or through the web page http://www.sfilarmonicavalencia.com/registro.php, where they would receive complete information about the terms and conditions of being a member.
The Sociedad Filarmónica counts with the collaboration and sponsorship of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (CulturArts) of the Valencia Government, the Valencia County Council and the Valencia Town Hall. On the other hand, the SFV maintains different agreements with entities and universities in the framework of cultural collaboration and to promote the attendance of music lovers to the concerts organised by this Society.