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Music Department


Violinist Ara Malikian to give the inaugural talk at the Prince of Asturias Foundation International Music School 2014 Summer Courses

Since their creation in 2005, over a thousand students from 30 countries have attended the Courses.

Ara Malikian. ©FPA

Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian will give the inaugural talk at the Prince of Asturias Foundation International Music School 2014 Summer Courses. The event will take place at 11am on 18th July in the Auditorium of the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias, in 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”, Victor Manuel and Ainhoa Arteta, Galician musician Carlos Nuñez and producer and musician Carlos Jean.

Ara Malikian

His inexhaustible musical and human inquisitiveness has led Ara Malikian to delve deep into his Armenian roots and to assimilate the music of other cultures from the Middle East (Arab and Jewish), Central Europe (gypsy and klezmer), Argentina (tango) and Spain (flamenco), all framed within a highly personal language combined with virtuoso playing and expressiveness in the grand European classical tradition.

As a soloist, he has been invited to perform in more than forty countries, in cities like New York (Carnegie Hall), Paris (Salle Pleyel), Vienna (Musikverein), Toronto (Ford Center), Madrid (Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Real), Zurich (Tonhalle), London (Barbican Centre), Tokyo, Istanbul, Berlin, Athens, Venice, Los Angeles, Taipei, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Cuba, Bogotá, Munich, Prague, Seville, Bangkok, Barcelona and Bilbao, among others. He has taken part in concerts for violin and orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Mariss Janssons, Peter Maag, Jesús López Cobos, Miguel Ángel Gómez-Martínez, Luis Antonio García Navarro, Peter Schneider, Vassili Sinaisky, Edmond de Stoutz, Gudni Emilson, Juan José Mena, Jo Ann Falletta, Pedro Halffter, Alejandro Posada, Cristóbal Halffter and Salvator Brotons and has performed with the leading orchestras in Spain. He presented his own orchestra, “The Orchestra on the Roof”, at the Teatro Español in Madrid this year.

Ara Malikian is credited with an extensive discography which includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, Schumann, Pablo Sarasate, Enrique Arbós and Astor Piazzola, among many other composers. He has shown a particular interest in bringing music to all audiences, the reason for which he created the family show Tales of the World, Armenia, as well as My First Four Seasons, a dramatized version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. In his ensembles, such as “Colours” and “Eyes Closed”, he is accompanied on stage by great musicians with whom he has performed in major festivals. His dramatized shows like Los Divinos, currently on tour in Spain, PaGagnin, on tour internationally and the recipient of several awards, and Caprices for violin and strings, a project he put together along with the “Dragones en el Andamio” dance company, have made Ara Malikian a prestigious and internationally renowned figure. This has in turn has enabled him to collaborate, whenever possible, on projects to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged, especially when children are involved. In particular, he collaborates each year with the NGO Action Against Hunger.

His quality as a violinist has been recognized in numerous prestigious competitions worldwide. Among other distinctions, he has received prizes at the following international competitions: Felix Mendelssohn (Berlin), Pablo Sarasate (Pamplona), Niccolo Paganini (Genoa), Zino Francescatti (Marseille), Rodolfo Lipizer (Gorizia, Italy), Jeunesses Musicales (Belgrade) and Rameau (Le Mans), as well as the International Artist Guild Award (New York), the International Music Competition of Japan Award, the Germany Ministry of Culture Award for Artistic Dedication and Achievement and the Max Award for the Performing Arts for Best Musical Composition for Stage Show. He has also received awards on two occasions at the Spanish Music Awards in the categories of Best New Music Album and Best Classical Musician.

2014 Summer Courses

The Summer Courses will be held at the Eduardo Martinez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias and at the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo from 17th to 26th July. Students may register via the School’ website at http://www.escuelainternacionaldemusica.org/ or may obtain the registration forms from the Prince of Asturias Foundation offices:C/ General Yagüe, 2 / 33004 Oviedo.  Registration will close on the 1st July. The number of available places is limited.

In 2013, the Foundation assumed 60 percent of the cost of the School’s activities. This means that all enrolled students have an across-the-board initial grant, which allows for more affordable tuition fees. The average cost assumed by the Foundation was 550 euros per student.

Twenty-six professors of twelve different nationalities will give classes covering the standard range of symphonic orchestral instruments, in addition to ensemble classes for Youth Orchestra and Junior Orchestra (both with programmes focussing on feature or animated film scores), Chamber Music, String Quartet, Wind Ensemble, Jazz and Little Band.

This year, the School is to launch the Conducting Department, with classes in Choral and Orchestral Conducting. The Musical Health Department also maintains its contribution, imparting the subject “Human body resources applied to music”, aimed at developing naturalness, postural habits and the body-mind relationship in musicians. Also for the first time, students will have a complementary activity called “Concert Forum” consisting of audio-visual screenings of concerts linked to Prince of Asturias Award Laureates, recorded in Oviedo on the occasion of the Awards Ceremony.

Since 2005, 1,128 students from 30 different countries, namely Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK, Ukraine, the USA and Venezuela, have attended the School.

International Music School

The Prince of Asturias Foundation 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. 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 Award Laureates, which makes the School different to any other existing in Spain.

The International Music School is active throughout the entire year, organizing summer courses, seminars, lectures and master classes that count on the participation as visiting professors of some of the world’s most outstanding musicians, including Prince of Asturias Award Laureates Teresa Berganza and Krzysztof Penderecki, among others. Since 2005, classes have been given 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 Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; the Royal College of Music, London; the Giuseppe Verdi State Conservatory of Music, Turin (Italy); and the Simón Bolivar Advanced Conservatory of Music (Venezuela).

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

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