Orfeón Pamplonés, founded in 1865 in Pamplona, Spain, is one of Europe’s most prestigious choral institutions. It was one of the first choral societies in Spain to incorporate women, with the establishment in 1903 of a female choir. From then on, it embarked on an artistic career unique for that period, performing works never before heard in Spain such as Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.
It has recently been awarded the prestigious Golden Medal for merit in Fine Arts from the Spanish Ministry of Culture, given by the King and Queen of Spain.
In the last decade, the society has performed all the major works of the symphonic-choral repertoire in Spain, France, UK, Portugal, Germany and Mexico. Conducted since 2005 by Igor Ijurra Fernández, in 2010 Orfeón Pamplonés became the first Spanish choir to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. In 2012, the choir visited the USA again, performing Falla’s La Atlántida and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, Orfeón Pamplonés performed Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonia Orchestra in Madrid. In 2015, it performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in London (Royal Festival Hall), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional) and Paris (Théâtre des Champs Elysées) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowsky and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Pamplona with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev. In August 2015 the choir made its debut at the BBC Proms with Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruckner’s F-minor mass. In 2016, Yuri Temirkanov conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Orfeón Pamplonés at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional.
This year, Orfeón Pamplonés has been conducted by Valéry Gergiev, performing Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. In March 2019, they will perform together Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust in Pamplona.
Information for June 2018