Each full professor is free to pedagogically choose the criteria, teaching methods and materials to be used in class.
Students enrolled in instrument classes will receive at least six individual lessons (except for students in the Voice and Brasswind Departments, who will receive comprehensive courses). Any students interested in attending their professor’s classes may do so as many times as they wish, as long as they do not interfere with class dynamics.
Application forms must be done in the official web site:
Students are required to specify on the registration form two musical studies of different styles that they have worked on during the previous academic year and one musical work (for solo instrument or with piano accompaniment) to study during their stay at the School (once the Summer Courses have commenced, the piece may not be changed if it involves piano accompaniment).
The Summer Courses’ instrument classes are organised according to the following chart:
Jérôme Laran began studying the saxophone at the age of nine. His studies with Claude Delangle at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris lead to a unanimous First Prize in 2002. He pursued postgraduate studies in Paris and obtained the nationalCertificat d’Aptitude teaching diploma in 2005. His numerous prizes and awards include the ADAMI association’s “Révélation Classique” in 2004 and a fellowship with the Cziffra Foundation. He has received support from the Sasakawa and Meyer foundations as well as Société Générale’sMécénat Musical.
Laran was unanimously awarded first prize at the International Saxophone Competition in Luxembourg (2000), and later competed in other international music competitions, including the A.R.D in Munich (2001), and the Concours International Adolphe Sax in Dinant (2002). Laran’s successful performance career has brought him to some of the most renowned concert venues in Europe (Philharmonie in Berlin,Cité de la Musique, Salle Gaveau, Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Victoria Hall in Geneva) as well as China, Canada, and Japan (Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Bunka Kaikan, Opera City, Partenon Tama).
He has also performed as guest soloist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra (Taiwan), Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), the Filarmonie Boruslav Martinu in Zlin (Czech Republic), Radom Chamber Orchestra (Poland), the Wallonie Royal Chamber Orchestra (Belgium), Orchestre de Garde Républicaine, Orchestre National de Chambre de Toulouse, the Ensemble Itinéraire, the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire. His numerous festival performances include: Pablo Casals in Prades, Festival d’automne in Paris, Les Transclassiques, Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont, Why Note in Dijon, Ars Musica in Brussels, the Tokyo Summer Festival. Laran was appointed Artistic Director of the «Rencontres Musicales de Capvern» held in the Hautes-Pyrénéesregion in southwest France.
Laran is Professor of Saxophone at the Aulnay-sous-Bois Departmental Conservatory and is frequently invited for masterclass appearances in Europe and Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan).
As part of its endeavours to contribute to fostering culture at its highest levels of expression, the Prince of Asturias Foundation created a Music Department in 1983 which was to give rise, one year later, to the Choir. With the passing of time and thanks to the effort of its conductors and members, the Choir has achieved well-deserved national and international prestige and has become one of the most important amateur choirs in Europe. Jesús López Cobos, the 1981 Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for the Arts, has been the honorary conductor of the choir since their inception. He currently shares this role with Krzysztof Penderecki, who received the same Award in 2001. In December 2007, the European Parliament distinguished the Choir with an extraordinary acknowledgement “for its outstanding services to the European Union”.
As part of the ongoing mission to harvest the traditional love of Asturians for choral music at its highest level through constant educational undertakings, the Youth Choir was created in 1988 and the Children’s Choir in 1990. The three choirs have served as a platform for training hundreds of voices and for keeping alive the close relation that Asturias has always had with music.
With the desire to expand the Music Department’s scope beyond polyphony, the Foundation undertook another relevant initiative in 1990, to establish the Russian chamber orchestra The Moscow Virtuosi and its director, violinist Vladimir Spivakov, in Asturias for a period of three years. The project, which has contributed to the musical training of instrumentalists both in Asturias and in Spain, has resulted in the creation of the current International Music School.
In 1992, the work of dissemination and enjoyment of classical music was reinforced by the creation of a concert cycle called the Music Week, which is held on the days prior to the Prince of Asturias Awards presentation ceremony. This initiative aims to bring cultural activities to the villages, towns and stages of Asturias in which it is not easy to enjoy live music.
In continuing with its pioneering and dynamiting work throughout the region, in 1993 the Foundation’s Music Department agreed to create the Music Archive of Asturias, which aims to provide the Principality with a centre for compiling, preserving, studying and disseminating the musical heritage of Asturias.
In 2005, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary Prince of Asturias Awards, the Foundation took on entirely the permanent management and coordination of the International Music School. Classes are taught by a distinguished international teaching staff, while the School includes among its visiting professors some of the most celebrated musicians worldwide, some of whom have been Prince of Asturias Award laureates, thus making the School different to any other existing in Spain.