The National Auditorium is an organisation belonging to the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (Ministry of Culture) and is situated in the Salamanca neighbourhood.
Designed by architect José Maria García de Paredes, it first opened its doors on 21 October 1988, and its construction was planned as part of the National Auditorium Programme, which aimed to create a respectable musical infrastructure across Spain.
The National Auditorium performs an important role in musical circles in Spain, providing facilities for public and private individuals and organisations to give musical performances. Its two concert halls, Symphonic and Chamber, with a seating capacity of 2,234 and 692 respectively, means it is possible to hold up to four concerts per day, in afternoon and evening sessions. The Spanish National Orchestra and Choir and the Spanish National Youth Orchestra have their headquarters here.