"It is a fantastic hall. The acoustics are marvellous. I turned in all direction while singing and I can say that it is the most beautiful I have ever heard”.
The statement of Monserrat Caballé –our most international soprano- corroborates Plácido Domingo's famous phrase after his first concert in our auditorium: "The Palau is a Stradivarius”. Since these early statements, the acoustics of the Valencian’s Auditorium have been unanimously praised by the musicians who have graced the stage: Abbado, Barenboim, Celibidache, Mehta, Menuhin, Muti, Solti, Sinopoli or Esa-Pekka Salonen who recently asserted: “Regarding the acoustics, is one of the best modern halls I have been in. You can be very proud of it for the acoustics response is excellent”.
The architecture of the Palau
Designed by José María García de Paredes, winner of the National Architecture Award, and creator of other concert halls such as those of Madrid, Granada and Cuenca, the Palau de la Música of Valencia was inaugurated on 25th April 1987. Since then, it has become one of the most emblematic buildings in the city. Its more than 500.000 spectators per year testify to the popularity of the concert hall, which is now considered one of the most important musical centres in Europe.
The transparency of its glass dome, flanked by the ten slender columns of its portico, like a double stave, seems to spill like a water cascade into the pool which the famous architect Riccardo Bofill designed facing the building.
The Palau lobby, with its orange trees growing inside as in a greenhouse, blends harmoniously with the privileged space that surround it, the garden of the river Turia.