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The cellist Asier Polo will be giving the inaugural conference at the 2016 Princes of Asturias Foundation International Music School Summer Courses

Registration is now open for the Courses, which will be held between 21st and 30th July


The cellist Asier Polo will be giving the inaugural conference at the 2016 Princess of Asturias Foundation International Music School Summer Courses. The event will be held on July 22nd 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” and Victor Manuel; the Galician musician Carlos Núñez, producer and musician Carlos Jean; the Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian;the soprano Ainhoa Arteta and the mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza.

The International Music School has opened today, April 20th, 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 21st to July 30th.

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

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 centres such as the Royal Academy of Music, London, the Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts, Oporto (ESMAE), the Raanana Music Center (Israel), and Brooklyn College, New York City University, or to orchestras such as those of the Teatro Massimo Bellini, Catania (Italy), Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona and Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) or Moscow Virtuosi. Twenty-six professors of nine different nationalities 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 and free improvisation. The Musical Health Department also maintains its contribution, imparting the subject “The Musician’s Health: an active body and a calm mind”, providing intensive training of the physical resources of the human body and the conditioning of certain psychological aspects.

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.

Asier Polo
Born in Bilbao, Asier Polo studied with Elisa Pascu, María Kliegel, and Ivan Monighetti. He soon stood out winning the first prizes in Cello and Chamber Music at the National Young Musicians Competition.

Recent and future engagements includes concerts as a soloist with most of the main Spanish Orchestras, as well as other foreign orchestras such as the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionalle della RAI, Dresdner Philharmonie, Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, Orchestre de Paris, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic of Minas Gerais (Brasil), Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), or the Basel Symphony Orchestra. He has played under the baton of very important conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günter Neuhold, John Axelrold, Christian Badea, Claus Peter Flor, Günther Herbig, Antoni Wit, or Anne Manson, as well as the main Spanish Conductors.

He has been invited by notorious festivals like the ones held in Nantes (France), Ohrid (Yugoslavia), Rome, Lisbon, Morelia (México), or the Quincena Musical in San Sebastián.

He has appeared with great artists such as Josep Colom, Gerard Caussé, the Janáček Quartet, or Alfredo Kraus, who invited him in his last years to play solo at his concerts, performing at the Maggio Fiorentino, the London Covent Garden, the Tonhalle in Zurich, or the prestigious Musikverein in Vienna.

He is devoted to present music, especially from his native country. Compromised with new compositions, he has a great interest in unknown repertoire for the main audience (Tomás Marco, Carmelo Bernaola). Composers such as Gabriel Ercoreca, Luis de Pablo and Antón García Abril have dedicated to Asier Polo some of their Works. He has been able to combine modern music with the great classical repertoire, covering all the way from Bach’s Suites, classical and romantic Concertos, to contemporary music.

Asier Polo has been awarded numerous prizes, and amongst others, the “Ojo Crítico” by the Radio Nacional de España(2002) and the Fundación CEOE Prize for Musical Interpretation (2004). In 2009 he was appointed “Ilustre de Bilbao”.

He has recorded for important labels such as Claves, RTVE, Marco Polo, or Naxos, playing pieces such as the Concertos by Usandizaga, Villarojo, Escudero, or Rodrigo.

He is currently professor at the Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco. Asier Polo plays a Francesco Rugieri Cello (Cremona 1689) purchased in collaboration with Banesto.

Escuela Internacional de Música
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 Princess 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 Nasushkin, the Foundation created the School also boasts the participation as guest teachers of some of the world’s leading musicians, some of whom have received one of the awards the Foundation grants each year, 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, the Royal College of Music, London, the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Turin (Italy), the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (Nueva York) and Simon Bolivar Advanced Conservatory of Music in Venezuela

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