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Music Department 04/20/2017

Violinist Paco Montalvo to give the inaugural lecture at the Princess of Asturias Foundation's 2017 International Music Summer Courses

Registration is now open for the Courses, which will be held between 20th and 29th July  


Violinist Paco Montalvo, considered the creator of the flamenco violin as a lead instrument and former pupil of the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s International Music School, is to give the inaugural lecture at the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s 2017 International Music School Summer Courses. The event will commence at 11am on 21st July in the Auditorium of the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias, Oviedo.

In previous years, the Courses have been opened by 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, Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian, soprano Ainhoa Arteta, mezzo soprano Teresa Berganza and cellist Asier Polo.

Registration opened today, 20th April, for the International Music School Summer Courses, which will be imparted at the Eduardo Martinez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and at the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo between 20th and 29th July.

Classes will be taught by a distinguished international teaching staff that includes among its guest professors some of the world’s most celebrated musicians, belonging to prestigious international centres: Brooklyn College, New York City University; the School of Music, University of Nevada; the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Institute of Music, Moscow; and the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory of Music, Venice; or to orchestras such as Spanish National Orchestra, the Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

Twenty-six professors of seven different nationalities (Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, American, Italian, Moldavian and Dutch) will give classes covering the standard range of symphonic orchestral instruments, as well as ensemble classes for youth orchestra and junior orchestra, chamber music, string quartet, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble and free improvisation. In addition to the continuing presence of the departments of Musical Health and Orchestral Conducting, the subject Introduction to Composition will also be imparted this year.

As a novelty this year, the School is to launch a distinctive form of concerts with the aim of bringing classical music to all audiences in a different way via its “Music on Wheels” concert cycle. This will consist of outdoor concerts at emblematic spots around the city with a vintage van providing support, along with “Dramatized Micro-concerts”, brief musical performances accompanied by stories interpreted by actors.

The artistic director of the Summer Courses, Yuri Nasushkin, is a professor at the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and has conducted the Principality of Asturias Youth Symphony Orchestra (JOSPA) and the Community of Madrid Youth Orchestra.

Paco Montalvo
Paco Montalvo (Córdoba, 19th November 1992) is a Spanish classical musician and creator of the flamenco violin as lead instrument. He is the youngest violinist in the 21st century to have debuted in the Main Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York. The foremost flamenco violinist, he became interested in music from an early age thanks to the atmosphere at home, coming into contact with a violin for the first time at a very young age. He was first taught by his father and, at the age of five, he began to study with Maestro Yuri Petrossian and later with Néstor Eidler, a pupil of Szentgÿorgyi and David Oistrach. He gave his first recital at the age of six in his home town and, at twelve years of age, debuted with the Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) Symphony Orchestra in Madrid. Since then, he has furthered his studies at a number of prestigious universities and music schools: the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow; the Salzburg Mozarteum; the University of North Carolina in Charlotte; the Reina Sofia Music School, Madrid; the Barenboim-Said Foundation; and the Meadowmount School of Music, New York.

Following his debut with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, he embarked on a prolific career as a soloist with prestigious orchestras and at festivals and recitals in America, Asia and Europe. His international career is marked by two outstanding concerts, the first of which took place in Tel Aviv alongside the Israel Symphony Orchestra at 17 years of age. On 24th April 2011, Paco Montalvo achieved a milestone when he debuted to great acclaim at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York at the age of 18. Accompanied by the New England Symphonic Orchestra and under the baton of British conductor and composer John Rutter, he interpreted Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1. His technical mastery of the instrument and interpretive maturity were highlighted by the American critics, who described him as a “dazzling musician”. He is the first violinist in the 21st century to have made his debut at the age of only 18 in this legendary venue’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, with one of the most representative works of the great violin repertoire.

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 (Germany); the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow; the Geneva Conservatory of Music; the Robert Schuman School of Music and Media, Düsseldorf; the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music, Moscow; the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem; the Mons Royal Conservatory (Belgium); the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; the Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts, Oporto (ESMAE); the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK); the Juilliard School, New York; the Royal College of Music, London; the Giuseppe Verdi State Conservatory of Music, Turin (Italy); the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; and the Simón Bolivar Advanced Conservatory of Music (Venezuela).

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