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Music Department 07/19/2019

HM The Queen will attend the lecture given by orchestra conductor Aarón Zapico during the 2019 Summer Courses of the Princess of Asturias Foundation's International Music School

The event will take place on 25th July at 11:30 am at the Archaeological Museum of Asturias, Oviedo


On 25th July, HM The Queen will attend the lecture that conductor Aarón Zapico will give as part of the activities of the 2019 Summer Courses of the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s International Music School, which began on 18th July. The event will be held at 11:30 am at the Archaeological Museum of Asturias in Oviedo. As this is a co-curricular activity, admission will be restricted to teachers and students enrolled in the courses.

In previous years, the courses have counted on the participation of Fernando Argenta, presenter of “Clásicos Populares” and “El Conciertazo” music programs; singers Luz Casal, Jorge Ruiz, of “Maldita Nerea”, and Víctor Manuel; Galician musician Carlos Núñez; producer and musician Carlos Jean; soprano Ainhoa Arteta; mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza; Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian; cellist Asier Polo; the creator of flamenco violin music, Paco Montalvo; and stage director Emilio Sagi.

Aarón Zapico is an orchestra conductor and founder of the Forma Antiqva ensemble. Currently, his work focuses on chamber music with famed soloists, an established trio with his brothers, recovering the Spanish musical heritage, and directing orchestral and vocal projects, as well as frequently taking part in contemporary music and multimedia projects.

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

Asturias Government Local Office
Rubén Galdón, Communication Director
Teléfonos: 984 76 91 08 / 10

The deadline for obtaining media credentials is Wednesday, 24th July, at 12:00 pm.

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

2019 Summer Courses

Running through to 27th July, the 2019 Summer Courses will be held at the Eduardo Martínez Torner Music Conservatory of the Principality of Asturias and at the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo. To date, 135 students have already enrolled from the United States, Mexico, Mozambique, Venezuela and Spain.

Classes will be given by a prestigious international faculty. Twenty-two teachers of seven different nationalities (Armenian, Spanish, American, Israeli, Dutch, Russian and Ukrainian) will teach classes covering the disciplines of keyboard, string and woodwind instruments as well as classes in musical ensembles, including subjects in orchestra, string quartet, chamber music, wind ensembles, jazz, free improvisation, lied and piano four-hands. Likewise, theoretical-practical classes will be given in orchestral conducting, musical composition and voice, amongst others, as well as Music and Health workshops.

The International Music School provides music education at the highest level, with musicians from centres such as Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, the Ra'anana Music Center in Israel, the University of Maryland School of Music (United States) and the Royal Music Conservatory in Madrid and from orchestras such as the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (United States) and the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. The faculty also includes musical directors and assistants from the Zarzuela National Lyric Theatre and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Complementary activities

  • For the third consecutive year, the public will be able to enjoy the “Micro Theatre Concerts”, brief musical performances by course students accompanied by actors. This activity will take place on Sunday, 21st July, at 7:30 pm, in Plaza Porlier in Oviedo.
  • The students will also participate in the “Music on Wheels” concert cycle. Using a vintage van to drive around to emblematic places in the city, “Music on Wheels” consists of outdoor concerts aimed at bringing classical music to all audiences in a distinctive way. These will take place from 22nd to 26th July.
  • Complementing classroom work, course teachers and students will offer ten concerts in the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, the University of Oviedo Historic Building and the Philharmonic Theatre. Admission will be free until all seats are taken.
  • Professor Robert DiLutis will offer a workshop entitled “Maintenance of Woodwind Instruments and Reed-making” on Sunday, 21st July. In the “The Work of the Luthier” activity, musical instrument craftsman Diego del Valle will give practical classes in his workshop aimed at showing the students the basics of maintaining string instruments. The lessons will take place on 22nd, 23rd and 24th July. In addition, on Tuesday, 23rd July, tuning technician Joaquín Villegas will give the workshop entitled “Basic Mechanics and Maintenance of the Piano”, in which he will delve into the workings and acoustic tuning of keyboard instruments.

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. Classes are taught by a distinguished international teaching staff, while the school boasts the participation of some of the world’s leading musicians as guest teachers. Some of these have received Awards which 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 given by teachers from the Detmold Academy of Music, the Hannover Conservatory, the Robert Schuman School of Music and Media in Düsseldorf (Germany); the Mons Royal Conservatory (Belgium); the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music (New York, USA); the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the University of Maryland School of Music (USA); the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem (Israel); the Giuseppe Verdi State Conservatory of Music in Turin (Italy); the Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) in Oporto (Portugal); the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music in London (UK); the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow (Russia); the Geneva Conservatory of Music and the Lugano Conservatory (Switzerland); and the Simón Bolivar Conservatory of Music and the National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (Venezuela).

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