Fundación Sinfonía was founded in 1986 with the purpose of rescuing the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. Its first president and founder was Mr. Pedro Rodríguez Villacañas. After five years of work to rebuild this iconic institution, in 1991, the Dominican Government officially granted Sinfonía the management of the country’s national orchestra, which lasted until the creation of the Ministry of Culture in the year 2002.
Today, Sinfonía’s Board of Directors presided by Doña Margarita Copello de Rodríguez, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the generous financial sponsorship of the most important companies, embassies and institutions of the Dominican Republic, continues its longstanding tradition of high level classical concerts with world renowned soloists, conductors and artists, showcased alongside the most distinguished national classical artists and members of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. The highlight of Sinfonía’s activities is the Santo Domingo Music Festival, a biennial event that brings together international classical artists accompanied by a world-class orchestra. The festival will celebrate its eleventh edition from May 18 to 27, 2017.
In 2012 Fundación Sinfonía created Joven Filarmónica de la República Dominicana with the support of YOA- Orchestra of the Americas and Fundación Batuta of Colombia. Joven Filarmónica de la República Dominicana (JFRD) is a youth orchestra, open to all young musicians from across the Dominican Republic, and represents an unprecedented commitment by Sinfonía to the future of the Dominican Republic. The inaugural residence of this orchestra took place in 2012 in Juan Dolio with extraordinary results, followed by a strings workshop in Polo, Barahona. In the spirit of ensuring fairness, all musicians participate with full-scholarships and the selection is made by an international teaching faculty.
Continuing with that line of action, oriented to contributing to the formation of young musicians, Sinfonia, together with YOA, Orchestra of the Americas, celebrated, also in Juan Dolio, its 2014 Orchestral Residence. During 17 days, 74 young musicians from 25 countries of the Americas and 45 Dominicans received intense musical training under the guidance of a faculty belonging to the best orchestras and conservatories of the world.
In April 2015 a Workshop for Woodwinds and Brass Instruments was celebrated in the National Conservatory of Music with six professors from the Global Leaders Program of YOA, Orchestra of the Americas and one professor from the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra, with the participation of 48 Dominican students.