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Music Department 07/20/2018

Her Majesty The Queen will be attending the lecture to be given by the stage director Emilio Sagi

The event will take place on July 26 at 11:30h in the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, Oviedo. 


On July 26, Her Majesty The Queen will be attending the lecture to be given by the stage director, Emiio Sagi, within the framework of the activities of the 2018 Princess of Asturias Foundation International Music School Summer Courses, which started yesterday, July 19. Entitled "This is not a speech", the event will be held in the Chamber Hall, Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, Oviedo at 11:30h.

When it ends there will be a musical performance given by the students of Free Improvisation, a discipline aimed at develloping the performer´s creative capacity. Outside, there will be a sample of the activity "Micro theatre concerts", with students from the 2018 Summer Courses taking part.

Emilio Sagi, Doctor in Philosophy and Arts at Oviedo University, studied Musicology at London University. In 1980, he made his debut in Oviedo with La Traviata and between 1990 and 1999 he was the Director of the Zarzuela Theatre, the Royal Theatre and the Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao. His stage experience covers from the Baroque zarzuela to conemporary, which he has directed in some of the most prestigious theatres and festivals.

The media which are intersted in covering this event must get in touch with the Asturias Government Local Office:

Asturias Government Local Office
Press Officer: Miguel Barrero
Telephones: 984 76 91 08/10

The deadline for getting credentials is Wednesday, July 25 in the afternoon.

The latest time for authorised media to enter is 10:45

2018 Summer Courses

The 2018 Summer Courses, which will continue until July 28, are carried out in the Principality of Asturias "Eduardo Martínez Torner" Conservatory and in the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, Oviedo. The International Music School provides top level musical tuition with musicians from centres of international prestige such as the Juillard School in New York, the Ra´anana Music Center in Israel or the University of Maryland Music School (United states); and from orchestras such as the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (United States), the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra from the Gran Teatro del Liceo in Barcelona.

Twenty-three teachers of nine nationalities (Armenian, Spanish, North-American, Finnish, Dutch, Israeli, Russian, Ukranian and Vietnamese) are giving the classes, which include keyboard, string, woodwind instruments and song and musical ensemble subjects such as youth and children´s orchestra, chamber music, string quartet, wind groups, jazz, free improvisation, lied and piano for four hands. The departments of musical health, orchestra conducting and musical composition are also kept on.

Complementary activities

  • For the second year running, the general public will be able to enjoy “Micro Theatre conce rts”, short musical performances accompanied by tales played out by actors.This activity will take place on Saturday, 21st July at 19:30h in Alfonso II “El Casto” Square (Cathedral Square), Oviedo.
  • The students will also take part in the “Music on Wheels” performances, which consist of open-air concerts at emblematic points of the city backed up by a vintage van, with the aim of bringing classical music closer to all the general public in a different way. They will take place between July 23 and 27.
  • During these days, Teachers and students at the 2018 Summer Courses will offer, as a complement to the classroom teaching, ten concerts in the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium and Conde de Toreno Palace, Oviedo. Admission will be free until all seats are taken.
  • – So that string students can get first hand knowledge about basic notions of how to maintain their their instruments, the School has programmed the workshop “The luthier´s job”, run by Diego del Valle, a manufacturer of string instruments, for July 21,22 and 23. Robert DiLutis will run the workshop “ Repairing woodwind instruments and making reeds” on Sunday July 22, Also, on July 23 and 24, the tuner, Joaquin Villegas, will give the workshop “Basics of the mechanics and maintenance of the piano” where they will go into the working and acoustic fine tuning of keyboard instruments.

International Music School
The Princess of Asturias Foundation International Music School is the consolidation of an ambitious project which was started in 1990, when our our institution backed the move to Oviedo of the prestigious chamber orchestra The Moscow Virtuosi and six outstanding teachers (Gaiane Pogossova, Tsiala Kvernadze, Alexei Mijlin, Alexander Fedorchenko, Victor Afanassiev and Yuri Nasushkin). That was the start of an idea that was to make a substantial change in the musical-artistic life of the region and which, from that moment on, would lay the foundations of quality tuition, not only for young talented Asturian musicians but also for those from any other part of Spain and from other countries. Since then, the support given by the Princess of Asturias Foundation to both music teaching and orchestral activities in the Principality has increased, supporting numerous pedagogical activities, some of which were produced directly by members of the Virtuosi. After years of collaboration, in 2005, on the XXV anniversary of the Prince of Asturias Awards, on the initiative of Yuri Nasushin, the Foundation created the International Music School.

The classes are given by prestigious international teachers and some of the most outstanding musicians in the world also take part as guest teachers. Among these are some who have received awards given annually by the Foundation, which makes it a school which is completely different from any other in Spain. The International Music School confirms its aim of providing top level musical tuition with musicians from prestigious teaching centres all over the world. Since 2005, teachers from institutions such as Detmold Music Academy (Germany), the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, the Robert Schumann Music School in Düsseldorf, the Gnessin Russian State Academy in Moscow, the Rubin Conservatory of Music and Dance, Jerusalem, the Mons Royal Conservatory (Belgium), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the School of Music, Oporto (ESMAE), the Yehudi Menuhin School (United Kingdom), the Juillard School, New York, the Royal College of Music, London, the “giuseppe verdi” Conservatory, Turin (Italy) the Eastman School of Music, Rochester (New York) and the “Simón Bolivar” Conservatory, Venezuela have given classes there.

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