The Victoria and Joaquín Rodrigo Foundation was established a few months after the death of Maestro Rodrigo on July 6, 1999 in Madrid, on the eve of the Centenary celebration of his birth which took place in 2001.
The Foundation's first task was to structure and preserve the Victoria and Joaquín Rodrigo Archive, facilitating access to the immensely rich documentary material it contains. In addition, the Foundation carries out diverse activities designed to bring the figure and the works of the universal composer closer to the public .
Making use of the Maestro's invaluable legacy, the Foundation carries out an important cultural task which includes activities for children and young people, expositions, recitals of Spanish music, and participation in events dedicated to Rodrigo such as competitions, conferences, round tables, and publications.
Outstanding among the Foundation's numerous initiatives was the celebration of Rodrigo's Centenary Year in 2001 and the organization of several editions of the Joaquín Rodrigo International Competition for guitar and voice and for piano and violin, including concert tours in Spain and abroad for the prizewinners as well as commercial recordings of their performances.
The Foundation was the dream of Victoria Kamhi, Rodrigo's wife and life-long collaborator. She fortunately had the foresight, over their 60 years of married life together, to save and preserve all the documents which testify to the historical context in which Joaquín Rodrigo carried out his musical career.
Victoria , who died in July 21, 1997, did not live to see her wishes fulfilled, however her project was launched two years later by Cecilia, the Rodrigo's only child and President of the Foundation which is named for her parents.