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Music Department


Carlos Nuñez to address the opening conference of the XIV International Music School Summer Courses


More than one hundred students from 5 different countries enrolled in the first ten days

The musician Carlos Nuñez is to address the opening conference of the XIV International Music School Summer Courses of the Prince of Asturias Foundation, on 21st July.

Considered one of the best bagpipers in the world, Carlos Nuñez has sold over 1,000,000 albums and has recorded several soundtracks, among them the score for the film Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside), directed by Alejandro Amenábar, which was awarded the Goya prize for the Best Original Soundtrack. He was also awarded an “Ondas” Prize, was nominated twice for the Latin Grammy Awards and has received numerous recognitions worldwide. He was named European Ambassador for the Environment and has performed in front of two million people, summoned by the Pope.

Enrolled students
Over one hundred students (from Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Spain) have enrolled on the Summer Courses in the first ten days since registration opened. In addition, the website of the School has had more than ten thousand visits.

Students may register via the School's website at www.escuelainternacionaldemusica.org or may obtain the registration forms from the Prince of Asturias Foundation offices: C/ General Yagüe, 2 / 33004 Oviedo, and C/ Doctor Casal 12, 2º / 22001 Oviedo.  

The XIV Summer Courses of the International Music School of the Prince of Asturias Foundation will be held at the "Eduardo Martínez Torner" Advanced Conservatory of Music and at the Prince Felipe Auditorium, both in Oviedo, from 21st July to 1st August.

Thirty-five professors of ten different nationalities shall give classes covering the standard range of symphonic orchestral instruments, as well as ensemble classes for chamber music, string quartets, wind ensembles, folk music ensembles, youth orchestra and junior orchestra. This year, the School expands its Department of Voice, teaching for the first time the subject of Baroque Opera Performance. In addition, there will also be a workshop that combines music and tai chi: the search for harmony, and the new subject of Jazz Music Ensemble.
International Music School of the Prince of Asturias Foundation
The Prince of Asturias Foundation International Music School is the result of an ambitious project that was launched in 1990. The relocation to Oviedo of the permanent residence of the prestigious Russian Chamber Orchestra 'The Moscow Virtuosi' and six famed music professors, sparked an idea that once developed, significantly changed the region's artistic and musical scene and help lay the foundations for quality training, not only for Asturian youths with a talent for music, but also for youths from other parts of Spain and from abroad.
Since then, the Prince of Asturias Foundation's backing of orchestral and musical training activities has intensified, supporting numerous pedagogical initiatives.
In 2005, on the occasion of the XXV Anniversary of the Prince of Asturias Awards and after years of collaboration, sponsoring and funding, the Foundation took on full responsibility for the permanent management and coordination of the International Music School. Maestro Nasushkin is responsible for its artistic management.
Classes are given by a prestigious, international teaching staff, and the International Music School of the Prince of Asturias Foundation also extends throughout the year to include seminars, conferences and master classes with the participation of some of the world's most outstanding musicians as visiting lecturers. Among these are Teresa Berganza, 1991 Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for the Arts, and Juanjo Guillen, educationist and percussionist of the Spanish National Orchestra. The School has also held conferences by Krzysztof Pernderecki, 2001 Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for the Arts and honorary conductor of the Music Department of the Prince of Asturias Foundation; Isabel de Falla, president of the Manuel de Falla Archive Foundation; and Ivan Nommick, Doctor in Music History and Musicology at the Paris-Sorbonne University, among others. In this way, the School undertakes the task of putting the Principality of Asturias at the forefront in the field of musical training, bringing young talents and the best music and instrumental specialists to our region.

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