The Liceu Júnior String Festival has celebrated is first edition with a great success of participation. On March 11 and 12, string instrument students from different centers have enjoyed an unforgettable weekend full of music. Through the Festival’s educational project, it has been possible to create a space in which young musicians can share and pool their skills, while enjoying a great learning experience.
During the course of the Festival, the participants have had the opportunity to improve their performance skills with a live learning experience with the professors of the Department of Pedagogy of the Liceu Conservatory, meet other students, try exercises and new techniques that will help them improve their level on the instrument, learn how to prepare for auditions, professional performances and entrance exams and share the unique and irreplaceable experience of making music with other musicians.
During two days of intense activity, the students have shared individual classes and group activities with great experts in the interpretation of string instruments, as well as having the opportunity to show their talent to the public in a concert by an orchestra made up of the students and the professors themselves at the Liceu Conservatory.
The teachers participating in the Festival have been Corrado Bolsi, Gisella Curtolo, Jordan Tejedor, Daniel Cubero, Olga Aleshinsky, Amparo Lacruz, Aina Suzuki and Paul Cortese.
The culmination of this formative experience was the final concert, where the young musicians were able to show their talent in front of the public. This took place in the Live Room Conservatori Liceu, the new space that the Liceu Conservatory Foundation, thanks to the patronage of the Ferrer-Salat Music Foundation, has recently promoted, and which offers diverse cultural programs, as well as many possibilities for musical performances and events in new formats. In the concert, the following works were performed: Salut d’Amour, Op. 12, by Edward Elgar; Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók; and Simple Symphony, Op. 4, by Benjamin Britten.
The Liceu Júnior String Festival has been an example of success in creating a space where community, educational experience and development of skills of young musicians have been the key to providing a great experience that has left an impression on all those who have participated in it, and that we hope to repeat in future editions.