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Music Department

10/01/2009

More than 290 students from 16 different countries have taken part in the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s XIV International Music School Summer Courses

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The summer Courses were taught by thirty-six professors of ten different nationalities.

The XIV Summer Courses of the International Music School of the Prince of Asturias Foundation, held between 21st July and 1st August, has gathered 296 students from Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela and Spain, which makes it one of the courses with the highest attendance in Spain.

The opening conference was addressed by the Galician musician Carlos Núñez. In previous years, the opening conferences were chaired by Fernando Argenta, presenter of the music programmes "Clasicos Populares” (Popular Classics) and “El Conciertazo” (The big concert), and the singer Luz Casal.

Thirty-six professors of ten different nationalities have given classes covering the standard range of symphonic orchestral instruments, as well as ensemble classes for chamber music, string quartets, wind ensembles, folk music ensembles, youth orchestra and junior orchestra. This year, the School has expanded its department of voice, including for the first time the subject Baroque Opera performance. In addition, there was also a workshop that combines music and tai chi: the search for harmony and the subject Jazz Music Ensemble.

As an addition to the music training, the teachers and students of the School offered a number of concerts, free and open to the public, in different Asturian venues and a cycle of music in the street. Finally, a concert by the students of the Youth and Junior orchestras closed the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s XIV International Music School Summer Courses.

The Junior Orchestra was conducted by Yuri Nasushkin, artistic director of the School, and performed the first part of the programme, which included Joseph Haydn’s Symphony n.º 82, Consuelo Valásquez’s Bésame Mucho and the traditional Jewish song Hava Nagila.

The Youth Orchestra was conducted by maestros Nasushkin and Antonio Saiote. Nashuskin conducted the orchestra for Joseph Haydn’s Symphony n.º 104 in D major, “London” and Saiote for Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony n.º3 in A minor op. 56, “Scottish” and Jean Sibelius’ Finland op.26.

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