Mexico State Symphony Orchestra
The Mexico State Symphony Orchestra was founded on August 27 1971, under the initiative of Enrique Bátiz Campbell and the government of the State of Mexico.
Located in the city of Toluca, and having its home the Sala Felipe Villanueva, the Orchestra has been characterized since the start by its endeavor to carry its message to all the municipalities of the state, to all corners of the country. The Mexico State Symphony Orchestra and its artist director, Enrique Bátiz, enjoy well deserved fame as the most important symphony orchestra of the country.
Over 40 years of existence, the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico has hosted innumerable guest directors and soloists chosen from the most outstanding in the world. The foreign conductors who have led to the orchestra include: Leon Barzin, Kurt Woess, Jose Iturbi, Piero Gamba, and Joel Levi.
Since its first tour in 1975, the orchestra has played a large number of concerts abroad, in USA, China, France, Germany, Spain, and Poland and so on. The highlights include: in 1975, the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra made its first tour to the United States, returning continuously for three years since 1979 and performing in the most important cities. In 2005, accompanied by renowned soloists Filomena Moretti, Mark Zeltser and Koh Kameda, the orchestra achieved an overwhelming success in 2 concerts at the Salle Gaveau and Theatre Mogador in Paris. In the same year, the orchestra toured throughout China, performing 7 concerts in cities like Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang and Harbin. In 2008 the orchestra performed their most extensive tour in the United States, with concerts in 48 cities from one coast to the other, which were highly acclaimed both by audiences and critics. In 2010, the orchestra received the honorable invitation to represent Spanish-American music culture at the 59th Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain.
No other orchestras in Mexico made more recordings than the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra. Their recordings include the works of Verdi and Rossini, and most of all the integral series of the symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. They also made many recordings of Mexican and Spanish music with works of Isaac Albéniz, Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel M. Ponce and Carlos Chavez.
Since 1996, both the orchestra and its artistic director have repeatedly received the Annual Award from the Mexican Union of Chroniclers of Theatre and Music.