The Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (Jalisco Philharmonic) is one of the most vibrant orchestras in the Latin American musical panorama. With a long symphonic and operatic history, it celebrated its 100th birthday in 2015. The OFJ was founded in the city of Guadalajara by outstanding Mexican composer/conductor José Rolón. In its early years, the orchestra was known as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guadalajara, and among its directors was the great Eduardo Mata.

A new era began in January, 2014 with the designation of Maestro Marco Parisotto, one of the world’s most noteworthy orchestral conductors, as Music Director.

Throughout its celebrated history, the Filarmónica de Jalisco has been chosen by some of Mexico´s greatest composers, including Manuel M. Ponce, José Pablo Moncayo, Silvestre Revueltas, Carlos Chávez, Blas Galindo, Miguel Bernal Jiménez, Julián Carrillo and, more recently, Juan Pablo Contreras, to interpret their works.

Famed soloists and guest conductors have included such luminaries as Claudio Arrau, Henryk Szerying, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jorge Bolet, Nicanor Zabaleta, Arthur Rubenstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Aram Khatchaturian, James Galway, Alfred Brendel, Bernard Flavigny, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Narciso Yepes, Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Gary Karr, Lilya Zilberstein, as well as many others: Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jaarvi, Johannes Moser, Markus Groh, Matt Haimovitz, Alexei Volodin and Jenő Jandó. Great vocalists who have shared the stage with the Filarmónica de Jalisco include, among many others, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Sherril Milnes, Ramón Vinay, Francisco Araiza, Justino Díaz, Katia Ricciarelli, Rolando Villazón, Jane Eaglen, Juan Diego Florez, Javier Camarena, Kurt Rydl, Ramón Vargas, Maija Kovalevska, Maria Katzarava, Anna Netrebko, and Alfredo Daza.

In 2015, as part of the celebration of “100 Years of Orchestral Tradition in Jalisco”, the OFJ, invited by the prestigious Busan Maru International Music Festival, embarked on its first international tour with resounding success. In 2016, the orchestra had the honor to participate as the home orchestra for the renowned International Vocal Competition Operalia, under the baton of Maestro Plácido Domingo. That same year, the ensemble was invited to participate in the prestigious Festival Internacional Cervantino.

In April, 2017, the OFJ celebrated the release of its first commercial CD on the SONY Classical label, in addition to performing in a highly successful tour, acclaimed in the press and by the public, in some of the most important concert halls in Berlin, Munich, Essen, and Vienna, under the baton of Music Director Marco Parisotto. The OFJ also realized its very first visit in history to the United States of America, with well-received concerts in Los Angeles (Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California) and in San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall), as part of the prestigious festival MEX AM.

The State of Jalisco has offered its complete support to the Filarmónica de Jalisco, and we are all proud to present our new Music Director, Jesús Medina.