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Music Department 07/14/2017

HM The Queen is to preside over the opening of the Princess of Asturias Foundation's 2017 International Music School Summer Courses

The event will commence at 11:30am on 21st July in the Prince Felipe Auditorium, in Oviedo

Violinist Paco Montalvo is to deliver the inaugural lecture


HM Queen Letizia will preside over the opening of the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s International Music School Summer Courses 2017, which will take place at 11:30am on 21st July in the Chamber Music Hall at the Prince Felipe Auditorium, Oviedo. Violinist Paco Montalvo will deliver the inaugural lecture, entitled “The Art of the Flamenco Violin”.

Following the talk, there will be a musical performance featuring Paco Montalvo accompanied by guitarist Jesús Gómez and percussionist Miguel Santiago.

In previous years, the courses have been opened by Fernando Argenta, host of the music programmes “Clásicos Populares” and “El Conciertazo”, singers Luz Casal, Jorge Ruiz of the pop group “Maldita Nerea” and Victor Manuel, Galician musician Carlos Nuñez, producer and musician Carlos Jean, Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian, soprano Ainhoa Arteta, mezzo soprano Teresa Berganza and cellist Asier Polo.

Media interested in providing news coverage of this event should contact the Delegación del Gobierno offices in Asturias (the body representing the central government):

Telephones: 984 76 91 08 / 10
The deadline for obtaining media credentials is the afternoon of 20th July.

Accredited media will be admitted no later than: 10:45am.


2017 Summer Courses
The 2017 Summer Courses will be held at the Eduardo Martinez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo, between 20th and 29th July. The International Music School provides musical instruction of the highest level imparted by musicians belonging to outstanding educational centres such as Brooklyn College, New York City University; the School of Music, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Institute of Music, Moscow; and the Italian Clarinet Academy; or to ensembles such as the Spanish National Orchestra, the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Twenty-six professors from seven different countries (Spain, Russia, Ukraine, the USA, Italy, Moldavia and the Netherlands) will give classes covering the standard range of symphonic orchestral instruments, as well as ensemble classes for youth orchestra and junior orchestra, chamber music, string quartet, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and free improvisation. The Musical Health Department also continues to maintains its contribution.

Complementary activities

  • As a novelty this year, the School is to launch a distinctive form of concerts with the aim of bringing classical music to all audiences in a different way via its “Music on Wheels” concert cycle. This will consist of outdoor concerts at emblematic spots around the city with a vintage van providing support. The concerts will be given by students between 24th and 28th July.
  • Also for the first time, in this year’s edition of the summer courses audiences will be able to enjoy “Dramatized micro-concerts”, brief musical performances accompanied by stories interpreted by actors. The activity will commence at 7:30pm on Saturday 22nd July in the Plaza Alfonso II “El Casto”, in Oviedo (the square in front of the cathedral).
  • “Concert Forum”: audio-visual screenings of concerts linked to Prince of Asturias Laureates, recorded in Oviedo, as well as other concerts performed by ensembles from the International Music School.
  • As a complement to classroom teaching, the teachers and students of the 2017 Summer Courses will give ten concerts during this period at the Prince Felipe Auditorium and the Palacio de Conde de Toreno mansion in Oviedo. Admission will be free until all seats are taken.
  • Workshops. 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 imparted by musical instrument maker Diego del Valle on 22nd, 23rd and 24th July. In addition, tuning technician Joaquín Villegas will give the workshop entitled “Basic Mechanics and Maintenance of the Piano” on 24th and 25th July, in which students will have the chance to widen their knowledge of the workings and acoustic tuning of this instrument. Both activities will commence at 12 noon.

International Music School
The Princess of Asturias Foundation’s 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. Thus commenced the development of an idea that was to substantially alter the artistic and musical life of the region and constitute the basis of quality teaching not only for young Asturians with musical talent, but also for young musicians from other parts of Spain or abroad. Since then, the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s patronage of music teaching and orchestral activities in the Principality has been strengthened with the backing given to numerous teaching initiatives, some of which have been directly managed by members of The Virtuosi teaching staff.

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 boasts the participation as guest teachers of some of the world’s leading musicians. Some of these have received one of the Awards the Foundation grants each year, making the school different to any other existing in Spain. The International Music School confirms its goal of providing top class musical education with musicians from prestigious teaching centres worldwide. Since 2005, classes have been imparted 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 Royal College of Music, London; the Giuseppe Verdi State Conservatory of Music, Turin (Italy); the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; and the Simón Bolivar Advanced Conservatory of Music (Venezuela).

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