Santiago Serrate, professor from the Centre Superior at the Liceu Conservatory Foundation, is the new director of the BBVA Foundation Music Season 2022-2023.
A total of thirty-eight concerts will be held at the Palacio Marqués de Salamanca, ranging from the music of the court of Alfonso X the Wise to some of Steve Reich’s most emblematic compositions, with themed concerts (Christmas or carnival, love in music, the guitar and nature…), original bets such as the complete Beethoven symphonies in chamber format, cycles dedicated to Bach and a singular display of Spanish performers of all generations. The season contemplates a temporal arc that begins with pieces from the 13th and 14th centuries and concludes with the premiere of strictly new works. And they participate solists and groups, Spanish and foreigners, internationally recognised with a special emphasis on giving opportunities and visibility to young performers who already have a solid background.
In summary, a programme consisting of 38 concerts with a variety of styles and periods and a high quality of soloists and groups, on weekends, free of charge, where reservations can be made in advance and in a space with a singular sonority and aesthetics, the Palacio Marqués de Salamanca.
Santiago Serrate, professor of Chamber Music and Analysis at the Liceu Conservatory Foundation, is one of the most outstanding conductors of the moment in our country. He enjoys a long musical career conducting ensembles and orchestras of national and international renown. He regularly conducts the main Spanish orchestras, as well as in Portugal, Germany, Italy, Greece, Mexico and China. His commitment to contemporary music is manifested through 107 world premieres and 24 national premieres, concerts and sound recordings with the Modus Novus Group and the Sax Ensemble, among others.
“But if I couldn’t listen to music, I don’t think I could survive. Literally. For me, music is an extremely important and essential thing! This quote by George Steiner is the cornerstone of the philosophy of this new BBVA Foundation Music Season, according to Professor Serrate in the presentation programme.