Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a charitable foundation set up in 1956 as a private institution of public utility under a special act of the Portuguese Government. It is active in four main areas – the arts, education, science and social welfare – and it runs several grants and scholarships schemes through its own projects and initiatives. Most activities are in Portugal but the Foundation’s impact is felt more widely and, in keeping with the founder’s wishes, has now become increasingly international. It works extensively with other major European foundations. In Lisbon, the Foundation actively pursues its statutory aims through a wide range of direct activities or indirectly, through grant schemes.
In the domain of music, the Foundation’s mission is to promote and enhance the quality of musical culture in Portugal. It endeavors to bring it in line with the highest international standards and runs a concert season with approximately 180 events each year, including performances of symphonic and chamber music, opera, piano and singing recitals, world music, film and conferences. A significant part of the season focuses on the activities of the permanent artistic ensembles of the foundation – Coro Gulbenkian and Orquestra Gulbenkian – which cover an extensive repertoire from the baroque period to the present.
Besides, the Foundation also supports musical educational programmes catering to both specialists and non-specialists, the young and general audiences as well as music students and young artists. It also promotes musical creation through the commissioning of new works and fosters the dissemination of the national musical heritage.
Through its recent partnership with enoa, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has intensified and continues to intensify its collaboration with European cultural institutions: it seeks to share experiences, to To improve the quality/standards of opera creation and production and to improve the professional musical training on a European scale by promoting the mobility of young artists between enoa members.