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Our headquarters

After starting out in the Miramar Palace in San Sebastian, the Basque National Orchestra moved shortly afterwards to the Teatro Bellas Artes in central calle Urbieta in the capital of Guipuzkoa, and in 1989 it finally moved into its definitive headquarters at Miramón, becoming in the process one of the very few symphony orchestra's with its own headquarters.

As part of an Idom engineering project on land provided by the Gipuzkoa local government, the Miramón building was constructed exclusively along the lines of the Orchestra's needs. The auditorium that hosts its rehearsals, with capacity for close to five hundred people and an organ with one thousand, one hundred and fifty four tubes built by the Robert Chauvin organ makers, is the showpiece of these headquarters which also has individual and group dressing rooms, several rehearsal rooms, store rooms, loading bay, an archive, a library, a recording room and a whole floor given over to offices and meeting rooms.

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  • Front of the headquarters
  • Hall
  • Conductor's dressing room
  • Group dressing room
  • Meeting room
  • Store

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The Miramón headquarters, in addition to the Orchestra rehearsals, regularly play host to concerts and recitals in the Miramón Matinées cycle, some of the shows within the Family Concert series or even concerts promoted by different organisations working with the Basque National Orchestra, such as Basque National Youth Orchestra (BNYO) or the Spanish National Youth Orchestra (SNYO).

In this building full of straight-line structures, art is not only heard but it is also hanging on the walls: the hall exhibits large format paintings by Basque painters such as Jesus Mari Lazkano, Menchu Gal, Fernando Illana or Rafael Leonardo Setién and other rooms house work by Marta Cárdenas and Andrés Nagel. In the Auditorium, the audience's eye is caught by enormous masses of colour. This is a series of four large scale oil paintings that Rafael Ruiz Balerdi produced specifically for this space. They turn the room into a unique Auditorium.

Where to find us

Miramon pasealekua 124
20014 Donostia-San Sebastián
Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain
Telephone: 0034 943 01 32 32
Fax: 0034 943 30 83 24

GPS coordinates

+ 43º 17’ 42.10’’ N
-1º 58’ 39.18’’ O

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Other Orchestra headquarters

The Season Concerts have led the Orchestra to perform regularly since 1983 in San Sebastián-Donostia, Bilbao, Vitoria-Gasteiz and in Pamplona since 1985. In the early years, these season concerts were performed in classic theatres such as the Victoria Eugenia or the Astoria in San Sebastián; Campos Elíseos, Coliseo Albia, Ayala or Arriaga in Bilbao; Teatro Principal or Guridi in Vitoria-Gasteiz or Gayarre in Pamplona. But the important evolution in cultural equipment in general in our world over the last few years, particularly for music, has led to the Orchestra performing nowadays in auditoriums with great acoustics, with capacities that exceed 1600 seats and modern installations. These buildings have won international acclaim and have become vanguard symbols for their city. The Kursaal Auditorium in San Sebastian, designed by Rafael Moneo, the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, by Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios, the remodelled Teatro Principal in Vitoria-Gasteiz and the Baluarte Auditorium in Pamplona, designed by the architect Patxi Mangado, currently host the Basque National Orchestra's Season Concerts.

  • Kursaal Auditorium in Donostia-San Sebastian
  • Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao
  • Teatro Principal in Vitoria-Gasteiz
  • Baluarte Congress Hall in Iruña-Pamplona