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Music Department

07/20/2010

Víctor Manuel addressed the opening conference of the 2010 International Music School Summer Courses

Victor Manuel and Teresa Sanjurjo, directed of the Foundation. ©FPA

The event took place on Tuesday 20th July at the Auditorium of the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias.

More than 230 students from 13 countries have already registered for the Courses.

The Asturian musician Víctor Manuel addressed the opening conference of the 2010 International Music School Summer Courses of the Prince of Asturias Foundation. The event was held on 20th July at 11a.m. at the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias. On 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), the singer Luz Casal and the Galician musician Carlos Nuñez.

Víctor Manuel San José Sánchez (Mieres, Asturias, 1947), singer, composer and film producer, began to sing and play the harmonica as a child. When he was 18 he recorded his first songs, one of them titled Primer Disco (First Album). In 1965 he took part in the Benidorm Festival and on the following year at the Festival of the Altlantic. After recording El cobarde (The Coward) and El tren de Madera (The Wooden Train) in 1967, Víctor Manuel becomes a writer and performer, reaching his first hit one year later with La Romería, Paxarinos (Little Birds) and El abuelo Víctor (Grandfather Victor). He has worked as an actor in the films Morbo and Al Diablo con amor, by the Asturian director Gonzalo Suárez. He has written for other artists and produced for musicians such as Pablo Milanés, Ana Belén and Rosa León, among many others. In cinema, he has been the producer for films: Al diablo con amor (Gonzalo Suárez), Divinas palabras, El vuelo de la paloma and Tirano Banderas (José Luis García Sánchez), El mar y el tiempo (Fernando Fernán Gómez), Bajarse al moro (Fernando Colomo), Yo soy esa (Luis Sanz), El día que nací yo (Pedro Olea), La frontera (Ricardo Larrain), El marido perfecto (Beda Docampo) and Yo me bajo en la próxima (José Sacristán).

Registered Students

The 2010 Summer Courses will be held at the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and at the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo, from 20th to 31st July. Since 3rd May, 233 students from France, Germany, Mexico, Moldavia, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Ukraine and Venezuela have registered for the Courses. Also, the web page of the School has received more than 94,000 visits from 70 countries.

Thirty-nine teachers of ten different nationalities will give 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 Vocal Chamber Music. In addition, there will also be a workshop on Healthy musical habits: listening to our bodies, which aims to improve body awareness of the music student, and the subject of Guitar.

In addition to the music training, the teachers and students of the School will offer ten concerts; admission to these will be free to the public. There will also be a series of street concerts between 28th July and 1st August, with two concerts each day, at 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m., in charismatic streets and squares in Oviedo.

Since 2005, teachers from institutions such as the Music Academy of Detmold (Germany), the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Advanced Conservatory of Music in Geneva, the Robert Schuman Advanced School of Music in Düsseldorf, the Russian’s Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow, the “Rubin” Music and Dance Conservatory in Jerusalem, the Royal Conservatory of Mons (Belgium), The Advanced Music School in Porto (ESMAE), the Yehudi Menuhin School (United Kingdom), the Juilliard School in New York, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music in London, have taught at the School.

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