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07/12/2013

HRH The Princess of Asturias chaired the opening of the Prince of Asturias Foundation's 2013 International Music School Summer Courses

The event took place at 11am on 18th July at the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias.

Soprano Ainhoa Arteta delivered the inaugural lecture entitled "In the Wings".

HRH The Princess of Asturias has chaired the opening of the 2013 Summer Courses. ©FPA

HRH The Princess of Asturias chaired the opening of the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s 2013 International Music School Summer Courses, which took place at 11am on 18th July at the Auditorium of the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias, in Oviedo. The soprano Ainhoa Arteta delivered the inaugural lecture, entitled “In the Wings", which will address the challenge the crisis poses for the performing arts and music.

2013 Summer Courses

The Courses will be held at the Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and at the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo from 18th to 27th July. Classes will be taught by a distinguished teaching staff that includes professors from centres and orchestras such as the Juilliard School, New York, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, the National Network of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela, 2008 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, and the “Giuseppe Verdi” State Conservatory of Music, Turin (Italy).

Twenty-six professors of nine different nationalities will give classes covering the standard range of symphonic orchestral instruments, in addition to chamber music and ensemble classes for string quartet, wind ensemble, jazz, youth orchestra and junior orchestra.

Complementary activities

- A workshop on preventing and raising awareness regarding drug use and unhealthy habits entitled “If you have no doubts... You make the choice!” will be conducted in collaboration with the Red Cross Youth Programme for Promoting Health and Health Education.

- Federico Bogdanowicz, anthropologist and executive director of the Jane Goodall Institute Spain, will deliver the lecture “Are we the only primates with instrumental behaviour?” and the School will collaborate on the “Movilízate por la selva” (Get mobilized for the jungle) campaign, an initiative to recycle old mobile phones aimed at protecting African ecosystems led by Jane Goodall, 2003 Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research.

- The Musical Health Department will impart the subject “Human body resources applied to music”, aimed at developing naturalness, postural habits and the body-mind relationship in musicians.

International Music School

The Prince of Asturias Foundation 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. 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 includes among its visiting professors some of the world’s most celebrated musicians, some of whom have been Prince of Asturias Award Laureates, making the School different to any other existing in Spain.

Since 2005, 1,058 students from 28 different countries (Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Estonia, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, Ukraine, the USA and Venezuela) have attended the School.

The International Music School is active throughout the entire year, organising summer courses, seminars, lectures and master classes that count on the participation as visiting professors of some of the world’s most outstanding musicians, including the Prince of Asturias Award Laureates Teresa Berganza and Krzysztof Penderecki, among others. Since 2005, classes have been given 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, and the Royal College of Music, London.

The School is committed, in this way, to converting the Principality into a national and international leader in the teaching of music, bringing young talents to Asturias as well as the best music and instrumental specialists.

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