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Princess of Asturias Awards 10/11/2018

TM the King And Queen of Spain to preside over the twenty-seventh Princess Of Asturias Awards Concert

Next Thursday, 18th October, at 7:30pm in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Foundation will make 1,000 tickets available for the final rehearsal on the 17th, which will be open to the public.


TM The King and Queen of Spain are to preside over the 27th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert, organized by the Princess of Asturias Foundation. The concert will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday 18th October in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir will perform Stabat Mater by Gioacchino Rossini alongside the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA) under the baton of Rossen Milanov and with the participation of soloists Beatriz Díaz (soprano), María José Montiel (mezzo-soprano), Xabier Anduaga (tenor) and José Antonio López (baritone)..

Final rehearsal for the 27th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert

The final rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, 17th October, at 8:30pm and will be open to the public. Tickets to attend the rehearsal can be obtained at the Prince Felipe Auditorium box offices on Saturday 13th October and Sunday 14th October, from 10:00am to 2:00pm and 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The Foundation will make 1,000 seats available for those interested in attending the rehearsal. A maximum of two tickets will be made available per person.

Rossen Milanov

Lead conductor and artistic director of the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA), as well as the musical director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Rossen Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

During his eleven years of work at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov conducted more than 200 performances as assistant conductor and then as artistic director of the orchestra’s summer season at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, he completed fifteen years as the musical director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with some of the world’s most important artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff y André Watts.

As a conductor, he has worked with the symphonies of Colorado, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Seattle, Fort Worth and the Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra. Furthermore, he has worked with orchestras from all over the world such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others. Milanov, who also directs opera and ballet, has recently worked with the Komische Oper Berlin (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich), the Opera of Oviedo (Tchaikovsky's Mazeppa and Bluebeard's Castle by Bartók) and Opera Columbus (La Traviata by Verdi), and collaborated with choreographer Alexei Ratmansky in Zurich at the Zürich Ballet and in Paris with the Scala Ballet Company.

Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA)

The OSPA came into being in 1991 under the auspices of the Principality of Asturias Regional Government with the primary aim of enriching the region both musically and culturally. His Majesty King Felipe VI is its Honorary President. The orchestra is an independent body belonging to the Ministry of Education and Culture and is a member of the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras (AEOS). The OSPA is a reference orchestra both within and outside of Asturias for its versatility, interpretative competence and unquestionable quality. It is made up of sixty-nine professional musicians from various countries of the European Union, Russia, the United States and Latin America and its main activity revolves around the seasons of concerts it offers each year in Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés. The orchestra also carries out intense educational and social work in Asturias, expanding its horizons every year and receiving great acclaim in all the places where it performs.

Outside the Principality, the orchestra has performed in some of the most prestigious auditoriums and concert halls throughout Spain. It has likewise collaborated with the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera and in important summer events such as the Santander Festival, the Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in Alicante, as well as in the Religious Music Week in Cuenca and the Musika-Música Festival in Bilbao, where it is regularly invited to perform. Standing out among its international tours is the one it took to Chile and Mexico in 1996, where it returned two years later, and its participation in the Lorient Interceltic Festival in France in 1998. The orchestra also performed in November 2011 before His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, at the Nervi Hall in the Vatican, under the patronage of the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation, being the first publicly owned Spanish symphony orchestra to perform in this hall.

Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir

Founded in 1983 and conducted by José Esteban G. Miranda, the Choir is considered one of Europe’s most important amateur ensembles and has achieved considerable international prestige. Jesús López Cobos (1981 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts) has been the honorary conductor of the Foundation’s three choirs since their creation, a position he currently shares with Krzysztof Penderecki, who received the same award in 2001. In December 2007, the European Parliament distinguished the Choir with an extraordinary acknowledgment “for its outstanding services to the European Union”. Greatly applauded, it has toured Europe and the Middle East and has performed in Russia alongside the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi. One of its most noteworthy performances took place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1993 alongside the English Chamber Orchestra. It first visited the United States in 2001, and was described by the Washington Post’s music critic as “magnificent”.

In 2002, the Foundation represented Spain at the Vatican on the occasion of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, offering three concerts in Rome. The Choir gave two historic concerts in New York in October 2003 marking Columbus Day, one in St Patrick’s Cathedral and the other at the Lincoln Center. In 2004, it was invited to participate at the marriage of TRH The Prince and Princess of Asturias, performing during the traditional offering of the bride’s bouquet to the Virgin in the Royal Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha. It has performed in São Paulo (Brazil), Nafplio (Greece), Lisbon and Belém (Portugal), in Mexico City and at the European Parliament in Brussels. In October 2011, the Choir performed Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor alongside the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Riccardo Muti (2011 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts). Since its inception, the Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir has been led by outstanding conductors such as Marcus Creed, Friedrich Haider, Arturo Tamayo, Peter Maag, John Neschling, Yuri Bashmet, Alberto Zedda, Paul Mann, Jesús López Cobos, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Neville Marriner, Marzio Conti and Jonathan Webb. It has also collaborated with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of São Paulo, the Vienna Sinfonietta Classical Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, belonging to the National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (2008 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts), and the National Autonomous University of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM).

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