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Music Department 06/06/2019

Musicians Robert DiLutis and Cristóbal Soler are to teach on the 2019 Summer Courses

100 students from four different countries have enrolled to date 


Robert DiLutis and Cristóbal Soler will respectively teach Clarinet and Orchestral Conducting and Introduction to Composition on the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s 2019 International Music School Summer Courses, for which 100 students from four different countries have enrolled to date.

Robert DiLutis, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Maryland School of Music and Principal Clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (USA), is also co-director of the Clarinet Academy of America. Cristóbal Soler is the founder and chairman of the Spanish Association of Orchestra Directors (AESDO) and served as musical director of La Zarzuela National Lyric Theatre between 2010 and 2015.

With these new additions to its teaching staff, the Foundation’s International Music School bolsters its goal of providing top class musical education with musicians from the most prestigious teaching centres worldwide. Since 2005, 183 teachers have imparted classes on the Summer Courses. Moreover, the following figures have given talks or lectures during the different summer courses: 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, soprano Ainhoa Arteta, mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian, cellist Asier Polo, the creator of the flamenco violin, Paco Montalvo, and stage director Emilio Sagi. Orchestra conductor and founder of the Forma Antiqva ensemble Aarón Zapico will give a lecture this year.

The 2019 Summer Courses will be held between 18th and 27th July at the Eduardo Martinez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and the Prince Felipe Auditorium, Oviedo. Twenty-two teachers from seven different countries (Armenia, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Ukraine and the USA) will give instrument classes, covering the disciplines of keyboards, string and woodwind; musical ensemble classes, with subjects covering orchestra, chamber music, string quartet, wind ensembles, jazz, free improvisation, lied and four-hand piano; and theoretical-practical classes, including orchestra conducting, musical composition and voice, as well as musical health.

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, the Hanover Conservatory and the Robert Schumann Hochschule (Germany); the Royal Conservatory of Mons (Belgium); the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School, New York, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, and the University of Maryland School of Music (USA); the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem (Israel); the Giuseppe Verdi State Conservatory of Music, Turin (Italy); the Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts, Oporto - ESMAE (Portugal); the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music, London (UK); the Gnesin Academy of Music and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow (Russia); the Geneva Conservatory of Music (Switzerland); and the Simón Bolivar Advanced Conservatory of Music and the National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (Venezuela).

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