The Orchestra of Valencia was formed in 1943 under the conductor Joan Lamote de Grignon. In its already lengthy existence it has travelled abroad on many occasions, including tours of England and France under the baton of José Iturbi (1950), Italy and Turkey with M. Rostropovich as soloist (1996), Germany (2002-2010) and Austria and Czech Republic with pianist Joaquín Achúcarro (2008) as well as performances in the International Music Festivals of Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Neuer Musik in Zurich. Resident conductors have included Hans von Benda, Napoleone Annovazzi, José Iturbi, Enrique García Asensio, Pedro Pirfano, García Navarro, Martínez Palomo, Benito Lauret, Manuel Galduf and Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez. Yaron Traub is Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Orchestra since 2005.
Among the memorable guest conductors are A. Argenta, H. Unger, C. Krauss, J. Martinon, S. Celibidache, R. Chailly, V. Fedoseyev, J. Fournet, K. Penderecki, Y. Menuhin, P. Maag, H. Rilling, Y. Temirkanov, J. López Cobos, G. Albrecht, F. P. Decker, R. Frübeck de Burgos, G. Herbig, A. Litton, Z. Mehta, G. Noseda, J. Panula, G. Pehlivanian, M. Plasson, C. Rizzi, P. Steinberg, W. Weller, etc. Distinguished soloists that have collaborated with our orchestra have included Barenboim, Brailovski, Buchbinder, Iturbi, Hahn, Harrell, Kremer, Lupu, Maiski, Mintz, Oistrakh, Pires, Pogorelich, Rachlin, Rostropovich, Rubinstein, Segovia, Shaham, Sokolov, Stern, Szeryng, Vengerov, Volodos, Yepes, Zabaleta. Among the voices who sang with the Orchestra are V. de los Ángeles, Arteta, Bayo, Behrens, Berganza, Bruson, Caballé, Cotrubas, van Dam, Domingo, Freni, Gedda, Jerusalem, Meier, Marton, Obraztsova, Ramey, Rysanek, Scotto, Stade, Varady, Voigt, etc.
The Orchestra has performed the world premières of C.Cano, R. Mira, F. Llácer Pla, A. Blanquer, J. Evangelista, T. Marco, L. de Pablo, F. Cano, A. García Abril, López Artiga, Magenti or C. Halffter apart from Manuel Palau’s opera Maror.
Among its recording are those conducted by Iturbi with works by Beethoven, Liszt, Falla and Turina; some pieces by Albéniz, Serrano, Padilla, Palau, Garcés, Esplá, Rodrigo, M. Salvador and Llácer Pla as well as some zarzuelas by Serrano, Chapí and Penella.
The Orchestra has its residence at the Palau de la Música in Valencia.