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Music Department 07/10/2009

Professors from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and from the Royal College of Music in London taught at the Foundation’s International Music School


Stefan Popov and Lutsia Ibragimova, members of these prestigious centres, taught at the XIV Summer Course.

The renowned musicians Stefan Popov, professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and Lutsia Ibragimova, from the Royal College of Music in London, taught cello and violin respectively at the XIV Summer Courses of the Prince of Asturias Foundation.

The musician Carlos Nuñez, considered one of the best bagpipers in the world, addressed, on 21st July, the opening conference of the Summer Courses, which carried on until 1st August.

Stefan Popov, Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition, is Professor Emeritus at Boston University, the Conservatory in New England and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the most prestigious centres for music and drama education in the world, was inaugurated on 27th September 1880 in an old warehouse in London. Today, it is situated in the centre of one of the most important art spaces in Great Britain and has more than 800 students from 40 different countries. Some of its most renowned students have been Bryn Terfel, Anna Lisa Bezrodny, Jacqueline du Pré or George Martin.

Lutsia Ibragimova has been a member of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and is currently a Professor of violin at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music in London.

The Royal College of Music in London, founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales, later Henry VII, prepares talented musicians worldwide to develop an international musical career as performers, conductors and composers, as well as carrying out other tasks related to the fine arts. It also boasts an extensive museum of musical instruments that is open to the public. Eminent figures such as Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, Neville Marriner, Andrew Lloyd Webber or John Williams among others, have attended this school.

With these new professors, the Foundation's International Music School confirms its aim of providing a musical education of the highest level with musicians from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world.  Since 2005, teachers from institutions such as Detmold's Music Academy (Germany), the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Mosow, the Geneva Conservatory of Music, the Robert Schuman Music School in Düsseldorf, the Gnesin State Musical College in Moscow, the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, the Royal Music Conservatory of Mons (Belgium), the Superior School of Music in Porto (ESMAE), the Yehudi Menuhin School (United Kingdom) and the Juilliard School in New York have attended this school.

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