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Área Musical

07/11/2014

HM Queen Letizia is to chair the opening of the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s 2014 International Music School Summer Courses

The event will take place at 11am on 18th July at the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias

Violinist Ara Malikian will deliver the inaugural lecture, entitled “Musician, the most beautiful profession in the world”.

Ara Malikian ©FPA

HM Queen Letizia will preside over the opening of the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s 2014 International Music School Summer Courses, which will take 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. Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian will deliver the inaugural lecture, entitled “Musician, the most beautiful profession in the world”.

 Media credentials

Media interested in providing news coverage of this event should contact the Delegación del Gobierno offices in Asturias (the body representing central government):
Telephone: 984 76 91 08 / 10
gabinete_prensa.asturias@seap.minhap.es

 2014 Summer Courses

The Summer Courses will be held at the Eduardo Martinez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and at the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo from 17th to 26th July. The International Music School provides musical education of the highest level with classes being taught by musicians belonging to such outstanding centres as the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, New York, and the Bruno Maderna State Conservatory of Music, Cesena (Italy), and by soloist from orchestras like Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphonic Orchestra and the Valencia Symphonic Orchestra.

Twenty-nine professors of twelve different nationalities will give classes covering the standard range of symphonic orchestral instruments, in addition to musical ensemble classes for Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra (both with programmes focussing on feature or animated film scores), Chamber Music, String Quartet, Wind Ensemble, Jazz and Little Band. This year, the School is to launch the Conducting Department, with classes in Choral and Orchestral Conducting.

Complementary activities

- A complementary activity called “Concert Forum” will be offered to students, consisting of audio-visual screenings of concerts linked to Prince of Asturias Award Laureates, recorded in Oviedo on the occasion of the Awards Ceremony. Each screening will be accompanied by a presentation of the laureates involved.
- As a complement to classroom teaching, the teachers and students of the International Music School 2014 Summer Courses will give ten concerts during these days at the Prince Felipe Auditorium and at the CajAstur Cultural Centre in Oviedo. Admission will be with free until all seats are taken. A series of street concerts will also be held between 21st and 25th July in the Plaza de la Constitución in Oviedo.
- In order for string students to gain first-hand knowledge of the basics of maintaining their musical instruments, the School has scheduled the workshop entitled “The work of the luthier”, which will be given by the instrument builder Diego del Valle.
- 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, which makes the School different to any other existing in Spain.

The International Music School is active throughout the entire year, organizing 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 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; the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; the Royal College of Music, London; the Giuseppe Verdi State Conservatory of Music, Turin (Italy); and the Simón Bolivar Advanced Conservatory of Music (Venezuela).

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 from all over the world to Asturias as well as the best music and instrumental specialists.

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