Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española
Created in 1965, the orchestra was one of the youngest among European radio and television and when one speaks of musical activity in Spain in the second half of the 20th century, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE merits honorable mention as a first-rate ensemble. It made its official presentation in Madrid’s Teatro de la Zarzuela along with its Conductor-Founder Igor Markevitch with a program that included works by Prokofiev, Wagner, Falla and Beethoven. Only a few days prior it had debuted with Odón Alonso in the Festival of the ISCM interpreting works by authors such as Webern, Stravinsky and Schoenberg. These initial public performances marked the orchestra’s main priorities: the classical-romantic repertoire, Spanish music and contemporary musical creation.
After Markevitch, Antoni Ros-Marbà (1965-1967), Enrique García Asensio (1966-1984 and 1998-2001), Odón Alonso (1968-1984), Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez (1984-1987), Arpad Joó (1988-1990), Sergiu Comissiona (1990-1998), Adrian Leaper (2001-2010) were Chief Conductors. Carlos Kalmar is from 2011-2012 season the Orchestra's Music Director.
A number of Maestros have also visited the Orchestra such as Celibidache (who maintained a close relationship for several years), Maazel, Rozhdestvensky, Kondrashin, Frühbeck de Burgos, Inbal, Marriner, López Cobos, Dutoit o Albrecht, to name only a few. Among the composers who have taken to the podium to conduct their own works were Nadia Boulanger, Carlos Chávez, Aaron Copland, Luciano Berio, Cristóbal Halffter, Tomás Marco, Mauricio Kagel and Kryzsztof Penderecki.
Although radio and television are the natural channels through which it is heard, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE has been resident in several Madrid locations until 1998, when it was definitely based at the Teatro Monumental.
In addition to its participation in all major Spanish festivals it has also been internationally presented with performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, Zurich Tonhalle, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, L'Arsenal de Metz or Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Strasbourg and the festival Warsaw Autumn.
The Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE manages an interesting discography. It has largely recorded for the sound archive of RNE. In the last few years it has recorded for the label of RTVE, as well as for Verso, Naxos and Warner.
In June 2007 it toured through several halls in Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, Music and Art Center in Niigata, Ongaku Center in Takasakishi (Gunma) and Utsunomiyashi Bunka Kaikan in Tochigi. It also recorded two sessions for the television channel Asahi at Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo.
The Orquesta Sinfónica y Coro de RTVE has recently received the Codalario Award to the Best Musical Body 2013. And also - in the Spanish Brass Festival of Alzira - it has received the Personality Award due to its contribution to the Spanish musical arena during its almost 50 years of fabulous work and its achievements conveying symphonic music to a wider audience.
The Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.