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The musician and producer Carlos Jean gave the opening talk for the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s 2011 International Music School Summer Courses

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The event took place on 19th July.

The musician and producer Carlos Jean gave the opening talk at the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s 2011 International Music School Summer Courses. The event took place on 19th July at 11am at the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias. In previous years, the Courses have been opened by Fernando Argenta, host of the music programmes “Clásicos Populares” and “El Conciertazo”, the singers Luz Casal and Victor Manuel and the Galician musician Carlos Nuñez.

Carlos Jean
Musician, producer, remixer and singer, he made his appearance on the scene in 1998 alongside Najwa Nimri with the electronic music album No Blood. His versatility in understanding and composing music has allowed him to combine the creation of his own compositions with his career as a producer, DJ, composer of soundtracks and music for advertising. As a producer, he has worked with artists such as Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bose, Juanes, Shakira, Paulina Rubio, Bunbury, Marta Sanchez, Fangoria, Enrique Iglesias and Carlinhos Brown, among others. As an artist, he has continued developing his own career and has released the records Planet Jean (2000), Back to the Earth (2002) and Mr. Miracle (2006). He has also recorded the albums Najwajean Selection (1998) and Till it Breaks (2007) together with Najwa Nimri. He has likewise written soundtracks for the films Asfalto (2000), Guerreros (2002), Una de Zombies (2003) and Ausentes (2005). After the earthquake in Haiti, Carlos Jean, the son of a Haitian, brought together the 25 most important Latin American artists to create the song “Ay Haiti!” for charity. A video clip was made to accompany the single in which football players and the actress Paz Vega also appeared. Both reached No. 1 in sales, downloads and plays on the Internet. Among other awards, Jean Carlos has received the Premio Ondas for the best DJ and remixer (2002). He has been nominated nine times for the Latin Grammys (Best Producer, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Arranger, etc.) and on as many other occasions for Spain’s Premios Goya and Premios de la Música.

Enrolled students
Since 25th April, 236 students from Argentina, Colombia, France, Holland, Italy, Hong Kong, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, the UK, Ukraine, Venezuela and Spain have registered for the Courses. In addition, the School’s website has received over 112,000 visits from 80 different countries.

Students enrolled come from countries such as The Courses will take held at the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and at the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo from 19th to 30th July. Thirty-one professors of twelve different nationalities shall 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 bolstered its musical health department with the subject “Baroque Dance (the Dance of Breath) and its Approach from the Pilates Technique” and will include the workshop “Healthy Food and Eating Habits”, in collaboration with the Alimerka Foundation.

As a complement to classroom teaching, the School’s professors and students will offer ten free concerts at the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium and the Cajastur Cultural Centre in Oviedo. There will also be a cycle of street music, between 25th and 28th July, which will include two daily sessions at 12:00 and 19:00 hours in Oviedo’s emblematic streets and plazas.

Since 2005, the Summer School Courses have been taught by professors from institutions such as the Detmold Academy of Music (Germany), the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Advanced Music Conservatory of Geneva, the Robert Schumann Advanced School of Music in Düsseldorf (Germany), the “Gnesin” Advanced State Academy of Russia in Moscow, the “Rubin” Conservatory of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, the Royal Conservatory of Mons (Belgium), the Advanced School of Music in Oporto (ESMAE), the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK), the Juilliard School in New York and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, London.

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