The Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra is devoted to classical and choral music and the lyrical arts. It is part of Costa Rica’s National Music Center, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.
In 1940, Uruguayan Conductor Hugo Mariani and Costa Rican Conductor Alfredo Serrano founded the National Symphony Orchestra, part of the Ministry of Public Education. In 1970, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports was created, and as its the Minister and Deputy Minister, Alberto Cañas Escalante and Guido Sáenz González, began the “musical revolution”. Its key aims were to train musicians, purchase instruments, and establish an educational program. The NSO’s first concert under its new structure was in October 1971.
in President Oscar Arias Sánchez’ first term, under the direction of Maestro Irwin Hoffman the NSO achieved an unprecedented level excellence, performing to critical acclaim in the United States, Hungary, the former Czechoslovakia, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Panama and Taiwan. Following Maestro Hoffman’s departure, Chosei Komatsu was appointed as Lead Conductor, and in September 2005, the NSO toured numerous cities in Japan.
The NSO gives approximately ninety concerts a year, including the Official Season held in the National Theater, school concerts, Christmas season and special concerts.
In 1994, the NSO recorded its first CD of music by Costa Rican composers, and in 1998 recorded a second disc featuring both Costa Rican and international music.