Philharmonic Orchestra UV

The Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Valencia was created in 1995, with 80 young musicians (mainly university students), with an average age of 25 years. Its aim is to provide high quality training in orchestral performance, with teachers specialised in each family of instruments. Conducted by Cristóbal Soler until 2010, since 2011 the Chief Conductor of the Orchestra is Hilari García Gázquez.

 The Orchestra rehearses twice a week during the academic year, which allows them to deal successfully with a repertoire of great difficulty and renown. Amongst their performances of most outstanding works we should mention: Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’au-delà (‘Flashes of the Afterlife’), Kodály’s Háry János, Stravinsky’s Petrouchka and L’Oiseau de feu (‘The Firebird’), Falla’s El sombrero de tres picos (‘The Three-Cornered Hat’), Dvorák’s Simfonia n. 9, Mussorgski’s Tableaux d’une exposition (‘Pictures at an Exhibition’), Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, Holst’s The Planets, Rimski-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem (‘Requiem’), etc.

 The Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Valencia has given numerous concerts at different auditoriums, such as the Palau de la Música de València, the Auditorio de Zaragoza, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía de Valencia, the Auditori de Barcelona, the Austria Centre Vienna, etc.

 In 1997, the Orchestra participated in several international festivals, including the International Festival of University Music held in Belfort (France). In July 1998, the ensemble competed in the 27th edition of the International Youth & Music Festival held in Vienna, obtaining the First Prize in the category of Symphony Orchestras. In April 2002, the Orchestra toured around Austria and Slovenia and performed, among others, at the prestigious auditorium Mozarteum in Salzburg.

 The Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Valencia is a member of the Asociación Española de Jóvenes Orquestas (AEJO) and of the European Network of University Orchestras (ENUO).

 Lutherie atelier Taller de Lutheria – Sergi Marti (tallerdelutheria.com) works with the Orchestra in the maintenance and care of its string instruments.

The enterprises of the Orchestra are sponsored by the Area for the Musical Activities of the General Foundation of the University of Valencia and the Santander Group.

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