Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León


The Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (OSCyL) is a project of the regional government of Castilla y León. It gave its first performance in September 1991 and has since positioned itself as one of the most prestigious symphonic institutions in the Spanish national scene. Since 2007, it has been based at the Miguel Delibes Cultural Centre in Valladolid, and as of the 2022-23 season, Thierry Fischer is its Music Director. Maestros Vasily Petrenko and Elim Chan are Conductors-in-Association, and the orchestra annually presents artistic residencies with eclectic profiles. Max Bragado-Darman, Alejandro Posada, Lionel Bringuier, and Andrew Gourlay were previously Music Directors.

With a strong commitment to the entire territory of Castilla y León, the orchestra regularly performs in each of its provinces, as well as in the main concert halls and festivals in Spain. Internationally, it has performed in Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, India, Oman, and the United States, including venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall in New York.

OSCyL collaborates with many of the most renowned soloists and conductors today and has commissioned numerous works, performed premieres, and rediscovered neglected repertoire. Its discography reflects this mission, including releases with labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Bis, Naxos, Tritó, and Verso, in addition to its own productions.

OSCyL takes pride in its social and educational work. Among its more than three thousand five hundred annual subscribers, over a thousand come from more than twenty towns in Castilla y León, thanks to a bus service provided by the orchestra to promote accessibility throughout its extensive territory. It actively coordinates and participates in the “Miradas” program (in collaboration with schools at risk of social exclusion, special education centres, and multiple charities). It presents concerts for students and families, as well as concerts in collaboration with amateur choirs, and performs in non-classical settings.

OSCyL conducts significant educational activities within its subscription season, also hosting open rehearsals and music workshops for early childhood. Notably, within its educational work, it highlights its efforts with “OSCyL Joven,” aimed at promoting the talent of the new generations in Castilla y León. This youth orchestra fosters social spirit through volunteerism and works with its titled conductors, other top international guests, and, above all, the members of the orchestra’s permanent roster, thereby nurturing the talent of future generations from the heart of this ensemble.