Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra is the country’s most representative music ensemble. Its first antecedent is the Orquesta Sinfónica de México (Mexico’s Symphony Orchestra) founded in 1928 by Carlos Chávez. When the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (National Institute of Fine Arts) was created in 1947, the orchestra first became the Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio Nacional de Música (Orchestra of the National Music Conservatoire) and finally, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. The orchestra has garnered many accolades, including a nomination for the Latin Grammy in 2002 for Best Classical Album and the Lunas del Auditorio Award in 2004 for Best Classical Show.
Among its Music Directors, mention must be made of José Pablo Moncayo, Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Eduardo Mata, Sergio Cárdenas, José Guadalupe Flores, Francisco Savín and Enrique Arturo Diemecke. Many legendary figures have been guest conductors of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, such as Monteux, Bernstein, Stravinski, Solti, Copland, Penderecki, Klemperer, Celibidache, Villa-Lobos and Dutoit. Many of our time’s finest musicians have been guest soloists: Arthur Rubinstein, Yo-Yo Ma, Mstislav Rostropovich, Carlos Prieto, Jessye Norman, Frederica von Stade, Kiri Te Kanawa, Francisco Araiza, Plácido Domingo and Joshua Bell, among many others.
The orchestra is a frequent guest at Mexico’s main festivals: México en el Centro Histórico, Internacional Cervantino, Internacional de Música de Morelia. It was the ensemble chosen to usher in the new millennium in a massive concert held in Mexico City’s central square, the Zócalo, with world-famous Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas.
The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional can boast a solid international career. It has participated in important festivals and toured many countries, always with great success. Among its main endeavors is the dissemination of the Mexican and Latin American orchestral repertoire.
Especially worthy of mention among the orchestra’s international tours is the one concluded in February 2008, under the baton of its current Music Director, Maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto, who was appointed in 2007. On this tour, the orchestra played fourteen concerts at some of Europe´s most prestigious halls and venues, including Düsseldorf’s Tonhalle, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Theatre du Châtelet, and Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts, being consistently acclaimed by demanding European audiences.