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The Building

The Palau de la Música de Valencia was inaugurated on 25th April 1987. Designed by the architect José María García de Paredes, it includes a big symphonic hall for 1,781 spectators and a chamber hall with 417 seats. If something has made the Valencian auditorium famous, it is its acoustics, which are a reference in Europe and unanimously praised by every orchestra, soloist or singer who have graced its stage.  The Palau is the residence of the Valencia Orchestra, the main orchestra of the city, which is now seventy-five years old and the heart of the auditorium‘s musical activity.

Other halls -Lucrecia Bori Hall, Martín y Soler Hall and the Exhibition Hall, together with the lobby with a glass dome- turn the auditorium into a cultural centre of great vitality and dynamism, a hive of activity during eleven months of the year.

In 2002, the auditorium was expanded with a wide underground annexed space which was integrated in the river bed of the Turia by the project of the architect Eduardo de Miguel. These new facilities are the centre of an intense administrative activity, rehearsals and courses, and the home of an important Musical Archive.

The spaces of the Palau

The main building of the Palau has two concert halls, one for symphonic music and another for chamber music; two conference rooms, an exhibition hall, dressing rooms, pressrooms, V.I.P. room, box office, cloakrooms and a shop.

The main concert hall, where the symphonic cycles take place, was named after José Iturbi in May 1995 and has 1781 seats. It is the most emblematic hall and the image – together with the façade – of the Palau. It also has a 190m2 stage and a pit that during concerts is covered by the first two rows of seats but, on special occasions, has been uncovered for staged opera productions. Stalls and side and back balconies, situated in three levels, surround the musicians as well as allowing different perspectives over the stage.

The Joaquín Rodrigo Hall has a capacity for 417 spectators. The seats are all on one level and staggered in a fan shape. It is especially suitable for soloists and chamber music and has offered International Soloists Series, Lied, Ancient and Baroque Music and Opera among other events.

Martín y Soler Hall was named in June 2001 after one of the most famous Valencian composers, Vicente Martín y Soler. Lucrecia Bori pays tribute to one of Valencia´s mythical voices. Another international Valencian soprano, Isabel Rey, unveiled the commemorative plaque, on the 30th of October 2001. These halls, with a capacity for a ninety-six people each, are the ideal setting for lectures, poetry readings, literary cycles, meetings, congresses and small-format exhibitions.

The Exhibition Hall is located on the same floor as the Joaquín Rodrigo Hall and the conference rooms. With 250m2, this multipurpose space welcomes art shows as well as exhibitions of musical content.