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santander stage

Built around 330 B.C. and with a capacity for 14,000 people, it is the most important symbol of ancient Greek theater and served as a source of inspiration for Oiza to design the Palacio de Festivales.

The building has four large towers 50 meters high.  Inspired by the masts of ships, they reinforce the building’s presence by integrating it into its maritime surroundings. Its purpose is to serve as a landmark for the city, like the London Parliament, thus responding to the urban scale of the building.The predominant materials in the building are marble and aged copper, which gives it its unique green color. The marble cladding is arranged in horizontal white and pink bands influenced by some buildings in the Italian city of Siena, and the ornamentation is post-modernist and inspired by the classical style.

The stage occupies approximately 580 m2 and has four platforms, two of them revolving. The enormous trapezoid-shaped window provides, in addition to natural light, views of the bay of Santander from the seating area. It also has natural light through the skylights located on the roof, which are electronically graduated to allow the passage of light needed for each occasion.

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Winner of numerous national and international competitions, it develops an intense concert activity playing in important musical centers such as, among others, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Sala Verdi in Milan,

With a repertoire applying imagination and freshness to both classics and contemporary music, as well as a repertoire with less known works, the symphonic orchestra has performed in the main artistic venues of the country -Teatro Nacional, Kursaal, Palacio de Buenos Aires, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Sala Verdi de Milano, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires and the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires.

Nacional, Kursaal, Palacio Euskalduna, Baluarte, Teatro de La Maestranza, Auditorio de Zaragoza, Palacio de Festivales de Santander, Auditori de Barcelona, Auditori de Lleida, Palacio de la Ópera


It was completed in 1990, the work of architect Saenz de Oiza and was surrounded by great controversy for being considered a sumptuous work and because its final cost deviated several times the initial budget.

It consists of the Sala Argenta, in honor of the Cantabrian orchestra conductor Ataulfo Argenta (the largest capacity, with more than 1600 seats), Sala Pereda (about 600 seats), Sala Griega (about 200 seats for conferences, presentations and press conferences), Gutiérrez Solana exhibition hall, meeting rooms, exhibition areas, workshop area for the sets, cafeterias, elevators, elevators, escalators, etc..

Façade of the Palacio de Festivales at the beginning of Avenida de la Reina Victoria in the area of Santander known as San Martín, at the end of Calle Castelar, popularly known as the Cuesta del Gas.

On this side, the closest to Puertochico, the Palacio de Festivales is attached to the building of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Náutica and this in turn the Planetarium of the University of Cantabria.

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Later, he studied with Stanislav Pochekin at the Conservatorio del Liceu in Barcelona and with Dmitri Alexeev at the Royal College of Music in London. He has participated in several masterclasses with great pianists such as Boris Berman, Nino Kereselidze, Mikhail Voskresensky, Lang Lang, Natalia Trull, Michel Beroff, Jacques Rouvier and Joaquín Soriano among others.

He has been awarded numerous prizes internationally, including awards such as Intercentros Melómano, Concurso Infanta Cristina, Concurso Permanente de Juventudes Musicales, Concurso Internacional de Ibiza, Manhattan International Competition, Concurso Internacional «María Canals», Concurso Internacional «Premio Iturbi», Concurso Internacional «Premio Jaén», Concurso Internacional «Santa Cecilia», among others.

As a soloist he has collaborated with the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, Liceu Conservatory Orchestra, RTVE Orchestra and Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra of Madrid, Symphony Orchestra of the Region of Murcia, Orchestra of Valencia, City of Granada Orchestra, Orchestra da Costa Atlántica and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellin.