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Music Department


HM The Queen is to preside over the opening of the Princess of Asturias Foundation's 2016 International Music School Summer Courses

The event will take place at 11am on 22nd July at the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias

Cellist Asier Polo will deliver the inaugural lecture 


HM Queen Letizia will preside over the opening of the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s 2016 International Music School Summer Courses, which will take place at 11am on 22nd July in the Auditorium of the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias, in Oviedo. Cellist Asier Polo will deliver the inaugural lecture, entitled “Musics and musicians in the 21st century: towards a new profile of professional musician”.

After the talk, there will be a musical performance by the School’s oboe students under the baton of oboe teacher Jesús Fuster Palmer. The students will be accompanied by professors John Peter Falcone, Principal Contrabassoon with the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA); Jose Ferrer, who teaches Oboe at the Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias; pianist Consuelo Heres Prieto, who teaches at the Oviedo Professional Conservatory of Music; and percussionist Gabriel Elías Casal.

In previous years, the Courses have been opened by Fernando Argenta, singers Luz Casal, Jorge Ruiz of the pop group “Maldita Nerea”, Victor Manuel and Ainhoa Arteta, Galician musician Carlos Nuñez, producer and musician Carlos Jean, Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian, the soprano Ainhoa Arteta and the mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza.

Media interested in providing news coverage of this event should contact the Delegación del Gobierno offices in Asturias (the body representing the central government):

The deadline for obtaining media credential will end on 20th July, in the afternoon.

Accredited media will be admitted no later than: 10:15am.


2016 Summer Courses
The 2016 Summer Courses will be held at the Eduardo Martinez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo, between 21st and 30th July. The International Music School provides musical instruction of the highest level imparted by musicians belonging to outstanding educational centres such as the Raanana Music Center, Israel, the Brooklyn College, New York City University, L’Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto and the Queen Sofía Advanced School of Music, or to orchestras such as those of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) or The Moscow Virtuosi. Twenty-six professors of nine different nationalities will give classes covering the standard range of symphonic orchestral instruments, in addition to musical ensemble classes for Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra (with musical programmes focussing on the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes), Chamber Music, String Quartet, Wind Ensemble, Improvisation and Jazz. 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.

Complementary activities

- For the second year running, the School is to organize a number of outdoor micro-concerts under the generic name “Coffee with Music, Please!”. These will consist of musical interventions lasting 5 minutes to be performed on small stages by soloists who will interpret different musical passages that will be repeated over the period of an hour. There will be seats available to listen to these micro-concerts while enjoying a coffee in small groups. The activity will commence at 7:30pm on Saturday 23rd July in the Plaza Alfonso II “El Casto” in Oviedo (the Cathedral Square).

- “Concert Forum”: audio-visual screenings of concerts linked to Princess of Asturias Laureates, recorded in Oviedo, as well as other concerts performed by ensembles from the International Music School.

- As a complement to classroom teaching, teachers and students of the 2016 Summer Courses will give ten concerts during the courses at the Prince Felipe Auditorium and the Cajastur Cultural Centre in Oviedo. Admission will be with free until all seats are taken and, as a novelty this year, concerts will also be held in the Counts of Toreno Mansion in Oviedo.

- A series of street concerts will likewise be given by students between 25th and 29th July in the Plaza de la Constitución (town square), in Oviedo.

- In order for string students to gain first-hand knowledge of the basics of maintaining their musical instruments, the School has scheduled the workshop entitled “The Work of the Luthier”, which will be imparted by musical instrument maker Diego del Valle on 23rd, 25th and 26th July between 10am and 12 noon.

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 includes among its visiting professors some of the world’s most celebrated musicians, some of whom have been Prince of Asturias Laureates, which makes 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 given by teachers from the following institutions: 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; and the Royal College of Music, London. The School has undertaken the task of placing the Principality of Asturias at the forefront –both nationally and internationally– in the field of musical instruction by offering summer courses and master classes, series of conferences and seminars and by bringing young talents and the best music and instrumental specialists to Asturias.

Further information: http://www.escuelainternacionaldemusica.org/en/

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