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Área Musical 04/21/2015

The mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza will be giving the inaugural conference at the 2015 Princess of Asturias Foundation International Music School Summer Courses

Registration for the Courses, which will be held from July 16th to July 25th, will start tomorrow


The mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, 1991 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, will be giving the inaugural conference at the 2015 Princess of Asturias Foundation International Music School Summer Courses. The event will be held on July 17th at 11:00h in the Principality of Asturias “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Conservatory Concert Hall in Oviedo. In previous editions, the Courses were inaugurated by Fernando Argenta, host of the music programmes “Clásicos Populares” and “El Conciertazo”, the singers Luz Casal, Jorge Ruiz of “Maldita Nerea”, Victor Manuel and Ainhoa Arteta, the Galician musician Carlos Núñez, producer and musician Carlos Jean and the Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian.

The International Music School will open tomorrow, April 22nd, the registration for the Summer Courses, which will be given in the Principality of Asturias “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Conservatory Concert Hall and in the Príncipe Felipe Conservatory in Oviedo, from July 16th to July 25th.

Students will be able to register through the School’s web page www.escuelainternacionaldemusica.org. Registration will finish on July 1st. Places are limited.

The classes will be given by a prestigious international faculty, which has, among its visiting teachers, some of the most outstanding musicians in the world, from centres such as the Brooklyn College at New York City University, the Central School Music in Tbilisi (Georgia) or the Eastman School of Music, New York and orchestras such as the Frankfurt Opera, Spanish Radio and Television Orchestra, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Catalonian National Orchestra and the Virtuosos de Moscú orchestra. Twenty-five teachers from ten countries will be giving the classes, which will include the instruments of the symphony orchestra, besides subjects for musical groups such as youth and children’s orchestras (both with programmes focussed on musical tales), chamber music, string quartets, wind ensembles, improvisation and jazz. The department of musical health is also kept, in which will be given the subject “The health of music: an active body and a calm mind” to delve deeply into the physical resources of the human body and prepare certain psychological aspects of the mind.

Yuri Nasushkin, Artistic Director of the Summer Courses, is a teacher at the Principality of Asturias “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Conservatory and was conductor of the Principality of Asturias Youth Symphony Orchestra (JOSPA) and the Community of Madrid Youth Orchestra.

Teresa Berganza

1991 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts studied music at Madrid Conservatory with masters such as Gerardo Gombau or Jesús Guridi and singing with Lola Rodríguez Aragón. In 1957, she gave her first recital at the Madrid Ateneo, she sang Massenet’s Don Quijote in Milan together with the great Bulgarian bass, Boris Christoff and interpreted L’Italiana in Algeri in a filmed version for the RAI before she finally became internationally established at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, conducted by Hans Rosbaud. The following year she appeared at Glyndebourne with Le Nozze di Figaro and was Neris in Medeaen at the Dallas Opera, alongside the legendary Maria Callas.

A specialist in Mozart and a pioneer in rediscovering Rossini, her interpretations of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito have set the standard and her Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri, Angelina in La Cerentola and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia have given back to these roles their authentic vocal style. In 1977, her acceptance in Edinburgh with Claudio Abbado of a Carmen far from the cliché and completely faithful to the score was a milestone in the history of opera interpretation. She has performed in the most prestigious theatres and concert halls (Vienna, La Scala, the Met, San Francisco, the Paris Opera, the Salzburg Festival) with masters such as Abbado, Ansermet, Barenboim, Giulini, Karajan, Kondrashin, Kubelik, Leppard, Maazel, Markevitch, Munch, Muti, Plasson, Rudel, Solti, Von Dohnányi and the Spaniards Argenta, Colomer, García Asensio, García Navarro, López Cobos and Ros Marbá, among many others and with stage managers such as Ebert, Faggioni, De Filipp, Lavelli, Mansouri, Pizzi, Ponnelle, Rennert, Schenk, Strehier, Wallmann or Zeffirelli. Her recitals are true theatre spectacles in which the music, the word and the gesture make up a whole. Her vast repertory ranges from the masters of Italian Baroque (Monteverdi, Cavalli) to 20th century composers, paying special attention to all periods of Spanish music. She has also interpreted songs by Latin American authors, German lieder and is a master of the French mélodie, from Berlioz and Fauré to Hahn and Ravel and has made a decisive contribution to the revaluation of the zarzuela. Her recitals have won her several record awards. In 1995, she was named a full member of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid, being the first woman and the first singer to enter this prestigious institution. She is also a member of the Institute of Spain and Commander of the Arts in France. In 2005 she celebrated her 50 years in the profession with the release of her record Brava Berganza!

International Music School

The Princess of Asturias International Music School is the consolidation of and ambitious project which was started in 1990, when our institution sponsored the move to Oviedo of the prestigious chamber orchestra Los Virtuosos de Moscú and six outstanding teachers (Gaiane Pogossova, Tsiala Kvernadze, Alexei Mijlin, Alexander Fedorchenko, Victor Afanassiev and Yuri Nasushkin). That was how the development of an idea which was to make a great change in the artistic-musical life in the region started and which, since then, was to lay the foundations for a quality tuition not only for young Asturians with musical talent but also for those who came from any part of Spain or from other countries. Since then, the support provided by the Prince of Asturias Foundation to the musical teaching and orchestral activity in the Principality has increased with support given to several educational initiatives, some of which were directly developed by members of the Los Virtuosos teaching team. After years of collaboration, in 2005, with the celebration of the XXV anniversary of the Prince of Asturias Awards at the initiative of Yuri Nasushin, the Foundation created the Music School. Classes are given by a prestigious international group of teachers and the School can count on the participation, as visiting teachers, of some of the most outstanding musicians in the world, among whom are Prince of Asturias Award winners, which makes this school very different from the rest of those in Spain.

The International Music School proves its objective to offer a top level musical education with musicians from prestigious educational centres from all over the world. Since 2005, teachers from institutions such as the Music Academy in Detmold (Germany), the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Higher Conservatory in Geneva, the Robert Schuman Higher Music School in Düsseldorf, the Gnesin Russian Higher State Academy in Moscow, the Rubin Music and Dance Conservatory in Jerusalem, the Mons Royal Conservatory (Belgium), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, the Porto Higher School of Music (ESMAE), the Yehudi Menuhin School (United Kingdom), the Juilliard School, New York and the Royal College of Music, London. With its summer courses, master classes and conference and seminar cycles, the school is committed to converting the Principality of Asturias into a national and international reference of musical teaching, bringing Asturias close to young talents and to the best musical and instrumentalist specialists.

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