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Extremadura Symphony Orchestra

The Orquesta Sinfónica de Extremadura (OEX) was founded in 2000 by the Extremadura Council, and gave its inaugural concert at the Basilica of the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe under maestro Jesús Amigo. Since then, the orchestra has been very active, regularly sweeping the public and critics off their feet with high-quality performances of ambitious and attractive programs. The repertoire of the orchestra ranges from 18th-century to contemporary music. The orchestra is also committed to the production of new music, and thus commissions symphonic works from contemporary composers in order to build on our musical heritage. From its very beginning, the OEX has combined traditional symphonic activity with more daring and innovative performances, such as its popular soundtracks concerts, and its collaborations with La Fura dels Baus, the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, the Per Poc Puppet Company, and various pop and flamenco artists. Renowned conductors who have collaborated with the OEX include Carlos Kalmar, José Ramón Encinar, Yeruham Scharovsky, Antoni Ros Marbá, Enrique García Asensio, Christopher Wilkins, Martin Sieghart, Tan Lihua, Marzio Conti, Edvard Tchivzhel, Dorian Wilson, and Charles Olivieri-Munroe. Outstanding soloists who have performed with the OEX — and helped it improve — include Maria João Pires, Pepe Romero, Joaquín Achúcarro, Radovan Vlatkovic, Ara Malikian, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Asier Polo, Matt Haimovitz, María Orán, Jorge Luis Prats, Gerard Caussé, and Sergio Azzolini. The OEX presented its first recording in 2005, with works by the Portuguese composers Luís de Freitas Branco and Joly Braga Santos, and with the violinist Alexandre da Costa. This recording was chosen as the best classical CD by several international magazines, and was also nominated for the Canadian Juno Awards. The Extremadura Symphony Orchestra Foundation unconditionally encourages the development of music as a cultural activity within the Extremadura Autonomous Community.
Musica portuguesa - Fernandes, Freitas Branco
Alexandre da Costa
November, 2007