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Music Department 08/03/2009

Closing concert of the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s XIV International Music School Summer Courses


The concert took place at 8 p.m. on Saturday 1st August, at the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

A concert by the students of the Youth and Junior orchestras closed the Prince of Asturias Foundation's XIV International Music School Summer Courses at 8 p.m. on Saturday 1st August. The concert was held at the Symphony Hall of the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo and was open to the public.

The Junior Orchestra was conducted by Yuri Nasushkin, artistic director of the School, and performed the first part of the programme, which included Joseph Haydn's Symphony n.º 82, Consuelo Valásquez's Bésame Mucho and the traditional Jewish song Hava Nagila.   

The Youth Orchestra was conducted by maestros Nasushkin and Antonio Saiote. Nashuskin conducted the orchestra for Joseph Haydn's Symphony n.º 104 in D major, "London" and Saiote for Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony n.º3 in A minor op. 56, "Scottish" and Jean Sibelius' Finland op.26.

Yuri Nasushkin is a professor at the "Eduardo Martínez Torner" Advanced Conservatory of Music in Oviedo and has been the conductor of the Principality of Asturias' Youth Symphony Orchestra (JOSPA) and the Community of Madrid Youth Orchestra. Nasushkin came to Spain in 1990 to become a professor of the Soviet chamber orchestra The Moscow Virtuosi.

Antonio Saiote is a professor at the ESMAE (Music and Theatre Academy in Porto). He has been the president of Porto's Advanced School of Music, president of the Portuguese Clarinet Association, incumbent conductor of Porto's Academic Orchestra and assistant director of Porto's Classical Orchestra.  As soloist and chamber music performer he has been awarded the Arts and Ideas first prize and the New Values of Culture first prize.

The XIV Summer Courses of the International Music School of the Prince of Asturias Foundation opened on 21st July at the "Eduardo Martínez Torner" Advanced Conservatory of Music and at the Prince Felipe Auditorium, both in Oviedo, with 295 students from Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela and Spain, which makes it one of the courses with the highest attendance in Spain.

The opening conference was addressed by the Galician musician Carlos Núñez. In previous years, the opening conferences were chaired by Fernando Argenta, presenter of the music programmes "Clasicos Populares" (Popular Classics) and "El Conciertazo" (The big concert), and the singer Luz Casal.

As an addition to the music training, the teachers and students of the School offered a number of concerts, free and open to the public, in different Asturian venues and a cycle of music in the street.

Thirty-six professors of ten different nationalities have given 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 expanded its department of voice, including for the first time the subject baroque opera performance.  In addition, there will also be a workshop that combines music and tai chi: the search for harmony, and the new subject of Jazz Music Ensemble.

The International Music School of the Prince of Asturias Foundation also extends throughout the year to include seminars, conferences and master classes with the participation of some of the world's most outstanding musicians as visiting lecturers. Among these are Teresa Berganza, 1991 Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for the Arts, and Juanjo Guillen, educationist and percussionist of the Spanish National Orchestra. The School has also held conferences by Krzysztof Pernderecki, 2001 Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for the Arts and honorary conductor of the Music Department of the Prince of Asturias Foundation; Isabel de Falla, president of the Manuel de Falla Archive Foundation; and Ivan Nommick, Doctor in Music History and Musicology at the Paris-Sorbonne University, among others. This way, the School undertakes the task of putting the Principality of Asturias at the forefront in the field of musical training, bringing young talents and the best music and instrumental specialists to our region.

Music Department

As part of its endeavours to contribute to fostering culture at its highest levels of expression, the Prince of Asturias Foundation created a Music Department in 1983 which was to give rise, one year later, to the Choir. With the passing of time and thanks to the effort of its conductors and members, the Choir has achieved well-deserved national and international prestige. Then, the Youth Choir was created in 1988 and the Children's Choir in 1990. The three choirs have served as a platform for training hundreds of voices and for keeping alive the close relation that Asturias has always had with music. The Choir has also recorded 6 albums with the label RTVE Música: Concierto, with pieces by Cesar Frank, Maurice Ravel, Mozart and Schubert; G.F. Haendel's Ode to Saint Cecilia, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana; Verdi's Requiem; Sergei Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky and Mendelssohn's Symphony n.º2.  In December 2007, the Choir was praised by the European Parliament for "their extraordinary service on behalf of the European Union".

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