Pro Arte Musical is the most enduring musical society in Puerto Rico. Founded in 1932 with renowned local pianist Elisa Tavárez as its first chairperson, its stated objectives were to promote musical culture in the island, provide its member with an outlet for the cultivation of music, and forge lasting artistic links between music lovers in Puerto Rico and in other locations.


From its start, Pro Arte Musical has presented outstanding Puerto Rican talent that has gained international acclaim, such as Jesús María Sanromá, Graciela Rivera, Justino Díaz, Elías López Sobá, Antonio Barasorda and others. During its first quarter century, its also presented artist such as Heifetz, Segovia, Rubinstein, Arrau, Schwarzkoof, Stern, Piatigorsky and Tibbett. In that time is hosted dancers such as Alicia Markova and Maria Tallchief, and presented opera with stars such as Zinka Milanov, Grace Moore, Leonard Warren and Jan Kiepura.


By the end of the 1950’s the presence on the island of Pablo Casals made itself felt with the start of the Casals Festival. This unique musical journey, excellent as it was, drained much of  Pro Arte Musical’s backing from both sponsors and members, and the  society  voted to disband in 1960.


Over time, the Casals Festival circumscribed itself to a short summer season, and the interest it had rekindled in fine music gave rise to a new era for Pro Arte Musical in 1976. A partial list of the Presentations  during the past twenty years is included under “Sobre nosotros”.


Today, Pro Arte Musical continues true to its slogan of “Tradition in Excellence.” It not only presents the best of current international musical talent but also – as one of its guiding principles-nurtures the art among young people by a number of initiatives such as:


  • offering an annual scholarship, the Premio Roberto I. Ferdman, Inc., to a top graduate of the Music Department of an acredited institution in Puerto Rico to continue studies on master degree
  • hosting master classes at the Conservatory by participants in its New Virtuosi Series
  • offering concert tickets for as little as $5 each to students with proper identification


All this Pro Arte Musical offers its members for a most reasonable fee for the five-concert season plus three New Virtuosi recitals. For the young public under 18 years of age, the membership fee is cut to one-third of the regular amount, another Pro Arte Musical initiative to bring the musical arts within reach of our  future music aficionados.


Pro Arte Musical – New Virtuosi Series


Every year, Pro Arte Musical celebrates young musical talent in a unique way that has quickly becomes a tradition among music lovers in Puerto Rico. This is its “New Virtuosi” series.


Pro Arte Musical presents one outstanding young artist in a special recital of his or her instrument.


In order to be invited the series, each young artist must meet certain criteria:

  • · be no more than 30 years old
  • · be a gold or silver medal winner in a recognized international competition
  • · commit to holding a master class in his/her instrument at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music on the morning after  the recital


The series began in 1991.