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HM The Queen is to preside over the opening of the Princess of Asturias Foundation's 2015 International Music School Summer Courses

The event will take place at 11am on 16th July at the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias

Mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza will give the inaugural talk, entitled “The Decalogue of Good Musician”



HM Queen Letizia will preside over the opening of the Princess of Asturias Foundation’s 2015 International Music School Summer Courses, which will take place at 11am on 16th July in the Auditorium of the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music of the Principality of Asturias, in Oviedo. Mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza, 1991 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, will give the inaugural talk, entitled The Decalogue of Good Musician.

Once the event has concluded, HM The Queen will attend a demonstration of the workshop entitled “The Work of the Luthier”, which will be imparted by string instrument maker Diego del Valle to a group of students.

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 and Lebanese violinist Ara Malikian.

Media interested in providing news coverage of this event should contact the Delegación del Gobierno offices in Asturias (the body representing the central government):
Telephone: 984 76 91 08 / 10

The deadline for obtaining media credential will end on 14th July, in the afternoon.

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


2015 Summer Courses
The 2015 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 16th and 25th July. The International Music School provides musical instruction of the highest level imparted by musicians belonging to outstanding educational centres such as Brooklyn College, New York City University, the Central Music School, Tbilisi (Georgia) and the Eastman School of Music, New York, or to orchestras such as those of the Frankfurt Opera, Radio Televisión Española and the Moscow Virtuosi. Twenty-five professors of ten 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 (both with programmes focussing on musical tales), Chamber Music, String Quartet, Wind Ensemble, Improvisation and Jazz. The Musical Health Department will also impart the subject “The Musician’s Health: an active body and a calm mind.”

Complementary activities

- Under the name “Coffee with Music, Please!”, the School is to organize a number of outdoor micro-concerts consisting of musical interventions lasting 5 minutes that will be performed by soloists on six, small stages, where they 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 groups that of up to twelve people per performance. This activity will commence at 7:30pm on Saturday 18th July in the Plaza Alfonso II “El Casto” in Oviedo (the cathedral square).

- “Concert Forum”: audio-visual screenings of concerts linked to Prince of Asturias Laureates, recorded in Oviedo. Each screening will be accompanied by a presentation of the laureates involved.

- As a complement to classroom teaching, teachers and students of the 2015 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. A series of street concerts will likewise be held between 20th and 24th July in the Plaza de la Constitución in Oviedo (the town square).

- 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.

Diego del Valle (luthier)
Del Valle studied artistic cabinet making and industrial draughtsmanship in Valladolid and subsequently moved to Madrid at the age of twenty. There he was to meet master luthier Pavel Schudtz, who had come to Spain in 1990 with the Moscow Virtuosi Orchestra and who passed on his knowledge and experience and the secrets of this art to him. He owns his own workshop in Oviedo, where he works alongside his wife, Maria Schudtz, making and restoring stringed instruments in a completely artisan way identical to that of the old Italian master luthiers. He collaborates on a regular basis with national and international orchestras and his workshop is visited by musicians from of all over Spain as well as other European countries. He has exhibited in shows such as Cremona Mondomusica (Italy), Frankfurt Music Messe (Germany), Shanghai Music Messe and Palm Expo Music in Beijing (China), Musicora-Paris (France) and JSIMA Tokyo (Japan). He is a member of the Spanish Guild of Luthiers and Archetiers (GLAE).

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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