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04/19/2018

Stage director Emilio Sagi to give the inaugural talk at the Princess of Asturias Foundation's 2018 International Music School Summer Courses

Registration is now open for the Courses, which will be held between 19th and 28th July

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Stage director Emilio Sagi is to give the inaugural talk at the 2018 Summer Courses The talk will take place on 20th July, in the Chamber Music Hall at the Prince Felipe Auditorium, Oviedo.

In previous years, the courses have been opened by Fernando Argenta, host of the music programmes “Clásicos Populares” and “El Conciertazo”, singers Luz Casal, Jorge Ruiz of the pop group “Maldita Nerea” and Victor Manuel, Galician musician Carlos Nuñez, producer and musician Carlos Jean, Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian, soprano Ainhoa Arteta, mezzo soprano Teresa Berganza, cellist Asier Polo and the creator of the flamenco violin, Paco Montalvo.

Registration opened today, 19th April, for the International Music School Summer Courses, which will be imparted at the Eduardo Martinez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music and the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo between 19th and 28th July. Students can register via the school’s website: www.escuelainternacionaldemusica.org/en/. The deadline for registration is 1st July. The number of available places is limited.

Classes will be taught by a distinguished international teaching staff that includes among its guest professors musicians from centres such as the Juilliard School, New York; the Raanana Music Center, Israel; the University of Maryland School of Music, USA; and the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Institute of Music, Moscow; or belonging to ensembles such as the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, USA; the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra; the Spanish National Orchestra; the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra; and the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

Twenty-two teachers from eight different countries (Holland, Finland, Israel, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, the USA and Vietnam) will impart the classes, which include keyboard, string and woodwind instruments and voice, as well as musical ensemble subjects such as youth orchestra and children’s orchestra, chamber music, string quartet, wind ensembles, jazz, free improvisation, lied and piano four hands. The departments of Musical Health, Orchestral Conducting and Musical Composition will likewise continue to impart classes.

With the aim of bringing classical music to all audiences in a different way, the School is to continue its “Micro-concerts” in the cathedral square, as well as its “Music on Wheels” concert cycle. The latter consists of outdoor concerts at emblematic spots around the city with a vintage van providing support. The artistic director of the Summer Courses, Yuri Nasushkin, is a professor at the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and has conducted the Principality of Asturias Youth Symphony Orchestra (JOSPA) and the Community of Madrid Youth Orchestra.

Emilio Sagi Álvarez-Rayón
PhD in Arts from the University of Oviedo, he studied musicology at the University of London. In 1980, he made his debut in Oviedo with La Traviata and between 1990 and 1999 held the position of director of the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Real and Teatro Arriaga, Bilbao. His stage experience ranges from baroque zarzuela to contemporary zarzuela, which he has directed at some of the most prestigious theatres and festivals: Teatro all Scala, Milan; La Fenice, Venice; Paris Opera House (Palais Garnier); Volksoper, Vienna; Los Angeles Opera; Washington Opera; San Francisco Opera; Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; Bunka Kaikan Theater; Tokyo; Osaka Arts Festival; Hong Kong Opera Festival; Salzburg Festival; Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg; Teatro de la Maestranza, Seville; Euskalduna Concert Hall, Bilbao; Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; Palau de les Arts, Valencia; and the Teatro Real, Madrid. In March 2001, he was appointed member of the Principality of Asturias Council of Arts and Sciences.

International Music School
The Princess of Asturias Foundation’s International Music School represents the consolidation of an ambitious project initiated in 1990 with the relocation to Asturias of the prestigious chamber orchestra “The Moscow Virtuosi” and of its six renowned professors (Gaiane Pogossova, Tsiala Kvernadze, Alexei Mijlin, Alexander Fedorchenko, Victor Afanassiev and Yuri Nasushkin) under the auspices of our institution. Thus commenced the development of an idea that was to substantially alter the artistic and musical life of the region and constitute the basis of quality teaching not only for young Asturians with musical talent, but also for young musicians from other parts of Spain or abroad. Since then, the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s patronage of music teaching and orchestral activities in the Principality has been strengthened with the backing given to numerous teaching initiatives, some of which have been directly managed by members of The Virtuosi teaching staff. After years of collaboration and on the initiative of Yuri Nasushkin, the Foundation created its International Music School in 2005 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Prince of Asturias Awards Classes are taught by a distinguished international teaching staff, while the school boasts the participation as guest teachers of some of the world’s leading musicians. Some of these have received one of the Awards the Foundation grants each year, making the school different to any other existing in Spain.

The International Music School confirms its goal of providing top class musical education with musicians from prestigious teaching centres worldwide. Since 2005, classes have been imparted by teachers from the Detmold Academy of Music (Germany); the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow; the Geneva Conservatory of Music; the Robert Schuman School of Music and Media, Düsseldorf; the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music, Moscow; the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem; the Mons Royal Conservatory (Belgium); the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; the Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts, Oporto (ESMAE); the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK); the Juilliard School, New York; the Royal College of Music, London; the Giuseppe Verdi State Conservatory of Music, Turin (Italy); the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; and the Simón Bolivar Advanced Conservatory of Music (Venezuela).

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