With the two-fold purpose of giving its students experience in this field and enriching its musical offer to society, the Reina Sofía School of Music has created various orchestras that are made up of its students and directed by teachers at the School as well as by invited masters.
This orchestra was created in 2003 as an intermediary grouping. It has special significance for the richness of the repertoire as well as for the educational value of its practice. Formed with a dual dimension of grouping strings and wind instruments, it is sponsored by Viesgo and has been conducted by masters such as Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Wolfram Christ, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Péter Csaba, Günter Pichler, Gordan Nikolic and Paul Goodwin.
The Sinfonietta was formed in 2011 in collaboration with the BBVA Foundation. It falls within a line of work opened by the School in which contemporary music in its dual aspects of creation and interpretation plays an important role. This series allows students to understand and interpret the repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. The sinfonietta has been conducted by, among others, Peter Eötvös, Pascal Rofé, Zolt Nagy and Johannes Kalitze.
Freixenet Chamber Orchestra
Principal Conductor: András Schiff
Freixenet Symphony Orchestra
Principal Conductor: Andrés Orozco-Estrada
The Freixenet Chamber Orchestra, created in 1993, is the oldest orchestral grouping at the School. In 2008, the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra appeared at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Both orchestras have been conducted by, among others, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Luciano Berio, Péter Csaba, Sir Colin Davis, Peter Eötvös, Zoltán Kocsis, Stefan Lano, Jesús López Cobos, Lorin Maazel, Jaime Martin, Yehudi Menuhin, Juanjo Mena, Plácido Domingo, Zubin Mehta, Antoni Ros Marbà and Pablo Heras-Casado.
At present, the Principal Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra is Sir András Schiff and Andrés Orozco-Estrada is the Principal Conductor of the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra.