10 CITIES IN JAPAN JULY 18-30 2016 The Orquesta y Coro Nacional de España is Spain’s leading symphonic orchestra and choir. Based at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Musica, the Orchestra is celebrated for its broad repertoire from baroque to modern-day music
10 cities in Japan in July 19 – August 1 2016
Coordination for Orchestra by Jackie & Partners and Madrid associate office Gardyn Studios
The Orquesta y Coro Nacional de España is Spain’s leading symphonic orchestra and choir. Based at Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música, the Orchestra is celebrated for its broad repertoire from baroque to modern-day music.
After 26 years, the Spanish National Orchestra returned to Japan for a nationwide tour. the tour began on July 19th until August 1, 2016. The Orchestra traveled from north to south visiting cities like Aomori, Morioka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Yamaguchi and Kagoshima.
Conducting the orchestra was the young and talented director Antonio Méndez with a quintessentially Spanish program including classics like Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo and El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat or Le tricorne) by Manuel de Falla. The orchestra was also accompanied by Spanish guitarist Pablo Sainz-Villegas and pianist Judith Jáuregui. Japanese violinist Yu Kurokawa accompanied the orchestra only for their concert in Fukui. The rising star in Japan, will have the privilege of being the soloist for the concert in his hometown.
Antonio Méndez is quickly becoming one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. Born in 1984 in Palma de Mallorca, Antonio began his musical studies at the Conservatori Professional de Música de Mallorca in piano and violin. He also attended the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid to study composition and conducting. Since 2007 he has been living in Germany, where he completed his conducting training at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
Pablo Sainz-Villegas was born in 1977 in La Rioja in Northern Spain, Villegas was inspired to take guitar lessons after seeing Segovia on television. He gave his first public performance at just seven years old, and went on to graduate at the top of his class at the Royal Conservatoire in Madrid. After several years in Germany, in 2001 he relocated to New York City, where he studied for his Masters and Doctorate with David Starobin at the Manhattan School of Music, and where he lives to this day.
Judith Jáuregui was born in San Sebastian in 1985, she began her studies at the local conservatory, where her talent shone through at a very early age. She made her debut recital when she was only eleven. Judith completed her studies with Claudio Martínez-Mehner before undertaking a Postgraduate degree at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. In recent years Judith has been invited to perform in major Spanish concert halls and festivals such as the National Auditorium in Madrid and the Quincena Musical Festival of San Sebastian.