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Music Department


Finale concert of the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s 2011 International Music School Summer Courses

Concert closing of the Summer Courses. ©FPA

The event took place on Saturday 30th July, at 8pm in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation’s 2011 International Music School Summer Courses closed on Saturday 30th July, at 8pm with a finale concert was given by the students of the school’s Children’s and Youth Orchestras. The concert was held in the Symphonic Hall of the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Junior Orchestra, conducted by Hugo Carrio, performed the first part of the programme, which included Pachelbel’s Canon, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Siciliana and A Time for Us by Nino Rota.

The Youth Orchestra was conducted by Maestro Antonio Saiote and the school’s artistic director, Maestro Yuri Nasushkin, and interpreted Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture, Op. 62 and Symphony No. 2 in D major, Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” and Waltz Fantasy in B minor by Mikhail Glinka.

Nasushkin is a profesor at the “Eduardo Martínez Torner” Advanced Conservatory of Music in Oviedo and has conducted the Principality of Asturias Youth Symphonic Orchestra (JOSPA) and the Community of Madrid Youth Orchestra. He arrived in Spain in 1990 as a professor of the Soviet chamber orchestra The Moscow Virtuosi.

Antonio Saiote is professor at the Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) in Oporto. Throughout his career, he has held the posts of president of the Advanced School of Oporto, president of the Portuguese Clarinet Association, Designate Maestro of the Academic Orchestra of Porto and Assistant Maestro of the Oporto Classical Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has won the Arts and Ideas Prize and the New Values in Culture Prize.

Hugo Carrio is an orchestral conductor and member of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (2008 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts).

2011 Summer Courses

The School’s Summer Courses started on 19th July with the attendance of 236 students from Argentina, Colombia, France, Italy, Holland, Hong Kong, Mexico, Portugal, the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Spain, making them one of the most widely attended courses to be held in Spain. The inaugural conference was given by the musician and producer Carlos Jean. As a complement to classroom teaching, the School’s professors and students gave ten free concerts at the different venues in Asturias and a series of street performances.

Thirty-one professors of twelve different nationalities gave 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 has bolstered its Musical Health Department with the subject “Baroque Dance (the Dance of Breath) and its Approach from the Pilates Technique” as well as including the workshop “Healthy Food and Eating Habits”, in collaboration with the Alimerka Foundation.

The activities of the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s International Music School cover the whole year via seminars, conferences and master classes, with the participation as visiting professors of some of the world’s most outstanding musicians. These have included Teresa Berganza, 1991 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, and the educationalist and first percussionist of the Spanish National Orchestra, Juanjo Guillem, Maestro Jose Luis Temes, 2008 National Music Award, and the composer Johan de Meij, author of Symphony No. 1 “The Lord of the Rings”. Among others, Krzysztof Penderecki, 2001 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and honorary director of the Prince of Asturias Foundation’s Music Department, Isabel de Falla, president of the Manuel de Falla Archives Foundation, and Ivan Nommick, Doctor of Music History and Musicology from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, have also given lectures within the setting of the School.

The School is committed in this manner to converting the Principality into a national and international leader in the teaching of music, bringing young talents to Asturias as well as the best music and instrumental specialists.

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