Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
La Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México
Founded in 1978, the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra is considered one of the most important ensembles in Mexico and Latin America. It has presented more than three thousand concerts in the main halls of the country and in various stages in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.
Throughout its existence, musicians and directors of national and international stature have accompanied it: Leonard Bernstein, Martha Argerich, Narciso Yepes, Nicanor Zabaleta, Renata Scotto, Birgit Nilsson, Plácido Domingo, Jorge Federico Osorio, Rosario Andrade and Ramón Vargas are some of the figures that are part of the biography of the Orchestra, which began its history in the Teatro de la Ciudad de México.
The musical history of the Philharmonic is also made up of a host of experiences generated by the passage of its artistic directors: Fernando Lozano (founder), Enrique Bátiz, Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Jorge Mester, Enrique Barrios, José Areán and, in the currently, Scott Yoo, all who have achieved the highest artistic standards with the ensemble.
In its brilliant career, the Orchestra has made more than one hundred record recordings, the majority dedicated to the work of Mexican composers, making it the most recorded orchestra in the country’s musical history.
In 1981, the Philharmonic was awarded the Oscar from L’Académie du Disque Français for its recording of three Mexican ballets by Galindo, Moncayo and Chávez, and ranked as the best orchestra in Latin America. Its cultural work has been awarded by the Mexican Union of Theater and Music Critics, who in 2000 named it the best orchestra in Mexico. In 2001, at the Latin Grammy Awards, she was nominated in the Best Classical Recording category.
In 2004, the Philharmonic was awarded the “Luna del Auditorio,” for the concert performed with the musical participation of Wynton Marsalis. In addition, he has participated on different occasions in the International Cervantino Festival.
The commitment to society and the cultural life of Mexico is part of the spirit of the Philharmonic, which has helped it obtain recognition, such as the great success of the world premiere of the work América Tropical, during its debut at the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, U.S.A. in June 2008. Currently, the Philharmonic, which belongs to the Ministry of Culture of Mexico City, is an excellent means of disseminating concert music to all sectors of the population, mainly in the country’s capital.