Permanent Orchestra

 

Teatro Colón Permanent Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in Argentina. It was created in 1925 by the Municipality of the City of Buenos Aires- along with the Permanent Choir and Ballet- to fulfil the need for a permanent in-house orchestra whose mission would be to perform the season's operas, ballets, and concerts.

In its beginning as a permanent company, in the 1928 season,  the Permanent Orchestra was conducted by Tullio Serafín. From 1936 to 1949, it was regularly conducted by the Austrian Erich Kleiber, who centred it on a German repertoire and Richard Wagner's work, and led the company to a level of quality that was superlative for the time. He conducted the premiere of  Arthur Honneger's Joan of Arc at the Stake in 1947 and Richard Strauss' The Woman without a Shadow in 1949. The Permanent Orchestra's performance increased the fame of the Theatre  among  the Buenos Aires audience. In 1941, the performances conducted by Arturo Toscanini marked another milestone for the Permanent Orchestra.  
The Orchestra has been conducted by the world's leading conductors, such as Fritz Busch, Héctor Panizza, Ferdinand Leitner, Karl Böhm Thomas Beecham, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Richard Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Ernest Ansermet, Clemens Krauss, Ottorino Respighi, Paul Hindemith, Aaron Copland, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Manuel de Falla, and many others.

In 1988, the orchestra's members founded the civil association Asociación de Profesores de la Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón (Association of Teachers of the Teatro Colón's Permanent Orchestra) to further the artistic company's pursuits. In 1992, the orchestra performed at the Universal Exposition of Seville. In 2007 it embarked on another tour to Mexico. In 2013 it was conducted by Valery Gergiev in the opening concert of the season.
Throughout its successful history, the Permanent Orchestra, not having a permanent conductor, has been influenced by many master conductors. It has been the backbone of the lyrical seasons and has performed in the Permanent Ballet's productions (alternating with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra), and given  symphonic-choral concerts with the Permanent Choir, performed with distinguished soloists and recorded Argentinian music.

 

Concertmaster
Freddy Varela Montero 
 
Associate Concertmaster
Oleg Pishenin 
 
First violins
Natalia Shishmonina (principal)
Serdar Geldymuradov (associate principal)
Omar Randazzo (associate principal)
Amílcar Carfi
Raúl Di Renzo
Martha Cosattini
David Bellisomi
Sergio Polizzi
Martín Centeno
María Lucrecia Herrero
Daniela Sigaud
Verónica Novara
Myriam Gandarillas
David Coudenhove
Demetrio Grigoriev *
Katharina Deissler *
 
Second violins
Sergio Allendes Trujillo (Principal)
Julio Sebastián Zoppi (associate principal)
Nicolás Giordano (associate principal)
Alma Quiroga (associate principal)
Diego Tejedor
Carlos Guillermo Ferreiro Habra 
Roxana Valle
Gabriel Olcese
Alfredo Hess
Luis Sava
Alejandro Beraldi
Valentina Julia González
Anabella Fernández
Amarilis Rutkauskas
Tatiana Glava
Olga Pinchuk *
 
Violas
Javier Cárdenas (Principal)
Gabriel Falconi (associate principal)
Adrián Felizia (associate principal)
Hilary Gamble (associate principal)
Rubén Jurado
Cecilia Russo
Jorge Daniel Sandrini
Alejandro Varady
María Cristina Tonelli
Pablo Fusco 
Sepher Marjouei Nouri
Gonzalo Quecuty *
 
Cellos
Stanimir Todorov (Principal)
Jorge Bergero (interim associate principal) 
Esdras Campos (associate principal) *
Néstor Tedesco
Leandro Kyrkiris
Daniel Tavella
Mario Kyrkiris
Nicolás Rossi
Hugo Tagliavini
Cecilia Carnuccio
Federico Wernicke *
Teresita Di Marco *
 
Double Bass
Elián Ortíz Cárdenas (Principal)
Mariano Slaby (interim associate principal) 
Carlos Vega
Daniel Buono
Adrián Valansi
Pastor Mora *
Ricardo Cánepa
Matías Cadoni
Santiago Bechelli *
 
Flutes
Jorge De la Vega (Principal)
Fabio Mazzitelli (associate principal)
Martín Auza (associate principal - Piccolo)
Laura Falcone
María Cecilia Muñoz
 
Oboes
Rubén Albornoz (Principal)
Gerardo Bondi (associate principal)
Marcelo Baus (associate principal - English Horn)
Raquel Dottori
Alejandro Lago
 
Clarinets
Carlos Céspedes (Principal)
Daniel Kovacich (associate principal)
Carlos Fernández (associate principal - Bass Clarinet)
Marcelo Ruiz Schulze
Guillermo Astudillo
 
Bassoon
Oscar Bazán (Principal
Ezequiel Fainguersch (associate principal)
Alfredo Ciani (associate principal - Contrabassoon)
Diego Armengol
Abner Da Silva Pinto
 
Horns
Domingo Zullo (Principal)
Rodolfo Rosón (Interim Principal)
Dante Yenque * (associate principal)
Gustavo Berri
Leonardo Melgarejo *
Gustavo Ibacache Hermosilla *
Diego Curutchet *
Wilmer Ramírez Jaimes *
 
Trumpets
Osvaldo Lacunza (Principal)
Oscar López de Calatayud (associate principal)
Agustina Guidolin
Cristian Martinelli
 
Trombones
Pablo Fenoglio (Principal) *
Abel Larrosa (Interim Principal)
Enrique Schneebeli (associate principal)
Ingrid Bay
Adrián Nalli
 
Tuba
Pedro Pulzovan (Principal)
 
Timpani
Franco Rapetti (Principal)
 
Percussion
Florencia Barrientos (associate principal)
Néstor Astutti
Gustavo Alfieri (associate principal) *
Gerardo Cavanna
Leonardo Flores *
 
Harps
Silvia Sneider (Principal)
Sarah Goldie Solomon Stern (associate principal)

 

Assistant Manager
Federico Bondar *

Coordinator
Ricardo García

Assistant Coordinator
Gabriel Rosón *

Music Copyist and Corrector
Claudio Ramos
Federico Taboada

Luthier
Gervasio Barreiro (cuerdas)
Carlos González (vientos)

Tuner and Music Technician
Ricardo Quintieri

Music Archives
Horacio Lagrassa (Jefatura)
Antonio Battipaglia (2º Jefatura)

Production and coordination of tours and external presentations
Zunilda Eva González

General Stage Coordinator
Matías Cambiasso

* Hired