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Music Department 07/01/2009

Carlos Nuñez addressed the opening conference for the 14th annual summer courses of the Prince of Asturias Foundation´s International Music School


The event  took place at 11.00 am at the Auditorium in Oviedo's 'Eduardo Martinez Torner' Advanced Conservatory of Music. Fernando Argenta, host of the music programmes 'Popular Classics' and 'The Big Concert', and singer Luz Casal have opened the Courses in the past.

Considered to be one of the best bagpipers in the world, over the years Carlos Nuñez has sold over 1,000,000 albums and has recorded several soundtracks, including the score for the film Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside), directed by Alejandro Amenábar and which was awarded the Goya prize for Best Original Soundtrack.

His latest work is Alborada do Brasil, a collaborative effort between the foremost personalities of Brazilian and Irish music. Nuñez has been awarded an "Ondas" Prize, has been twice nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards and has received numerous recognitions worldwide. He was named European Ambassador for the Environment and has performed in front of two million people brought together by the Pope.

Students enrolled

The 14th Annual Summer Courses will be held at the 'Eduardo Martinez Torner' Advanced Conservatory of Music and at the 'Príncipe Felipe' Auditorium in Oviedo. Since last 4th May, 295 students from Germany, South Korea, the United States, Estonia, France, Italy, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Venezuela and Spain have enrolled. In addition, the School's website has received over sixty thousand visits.

Thirty-six professors from eleven 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 will be increasing its voice department, where for the first time the subject Baroque Opera Interpretation will be taught. The workshops A Gathering of Music and Tai Chi: the Search for Harmony and the subject Jazz Music Ensemble will also be added.

The School's professors and students will be giving ten free concerts, meant to complement class-based teaching. There will also be a series of street concerts, which will take place from 27th July to 1st August, with two daily performances, at noon and at 7.00 pm, in Oviedo's emblematic streets and squares.

Professors from such institutions as Germany's Detmold Music School, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Music, Geneva's Advanced Conservatory of Music, Dusseldorf's Robert Schuman Advanced School of Music, Moscow's Gnesin Advanced Academy of Music, Jerusalem's Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Belgium's Royal Music Conservatory of Mons, Porto's Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), the United Kingdom's Yehudi Menuhin School and New York's Julliard School have been teaching at the School since 2005.

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