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06/06/2014

Meeting between TRH the Prince and Princess of Asturias and the members of the Boards of Trustees of the Prince of Asturias Foundation

The Prince of Asturias Foundation International Music School Viola Ensemble gave a concert at the end of the meeting .

Meeting between TRH the Prince and Princess of Asturias and the members of the Boards of Trustees of the Prince of Asturias Foundation ©FPA

TRH The Prince and Princess of Asturias met with the members of the Boards of Trustees of the Prince of Asturias Foundation at the Royal Palace in Madrid on Tuesday 10th June at 6:00pm.

A detailed report on the work carried out throughout the year was presented during the meeting, as well as a report on the financial situation and assets of the Foundation, which has ended the year with positive net income and a similar level of expenditure to that of the previous year. The overall expenditure of the Foundation in 2013 reached the sum of 5.28 million euros.

The institution’s Annual Report, which contains figures and information related to the activities carried out throughout the year, was presented to the members of the Boards of Trustees during the meeting. The most significant activities comprise the granting and presentation of the Prince of Asturias Awards and the arrangements for the cultural week held during those days, including twenty-one events attended by around 14,000 people. A report will also be given on the work of the Music Department, which organized more than thirty concerts by the Foundation’s choirs, master classes and a new edition of the International Music School Summer Courses, which were opened under the presidency of HRH The Princess of Asturias and attended by over 150 students of eight different nationalities.

In terms of sustainability, the global CO2 emissions from the activities organized by the Foundation on the occasion of the Prince of Asturias Awards Ceremony experienced an overall reduction of 114 tons between 2011 and 2013. This commitment has resulted in the 2013 Prince of Asturias Awards having been awarded the Zero CO2 emissions Eco-label.

Musical performance

The Prince of Asturias Foundation International Music School Viola Ensemble gave a concert conducted by Wieslaw Rekucki at the end of the meeting. The programme included Hungarian Dances Nos. 1 and 6, by Johannes Brahms, and the works Schön Rosmarin and Liebesfreud, by Fritz Kreisler, based on traditional Viennese melodies.

Wieslaw Rekucki

Wieslaw Rekucki commenced his musical studies at the State Music School in Lublin (Poland) and, after several years of study and performances as a soloist, showed a preference for the viola. He later entered the Warsaw Graduate School of Music, winning the First Prize at the Grand Annual Viola Competition. He has performed with the Warsaw National Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra on the five continents and has visited the most important centres of musical culture under great batons such as Witold Rowicki, Stanislaw Wislocki, Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Semkow, Krzysztof Penderecki –2001 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts–, Witold Lutoslawski and Karol Teutch. He has performed as viola soloist with the Orchestra of the Grand Theatre of San Carlo in Naples, where he has worked with conductors as renowned as Ricardo Mutti –2011 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts– and Daniel Oren, among others. After establishing residence in Oviedo, he obtained the post of professor with the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA), with which he has been principal viola. He currently teaches viola and string quartet at the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias, where he plays an important role as an educator, and on the Prince of Asturias Foundation International Music School Summer Courses.

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