Speakers 2013

Diego Miguel-Urzanqui

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He started studying orchestral conducting in Vitoria (Basquian Country) with the professor Xavier Casademunt. Later, he moved to Barcelona to study during more than ten years orchestral conducting and music phenomenology with the maestro Jordi Mora, one of the most direct musical heirs of Sergiu Celibidache. He attended a large number of courses, classes and rehearsals, given by the named maestro around Spain and the rest of Europe, to be emphasized, specialization courses of the ESMUC (Escuela Superior de Msica de Catalua (Barcelona)); masterclasses held at the Fondation Rsonnance (Switzerland and Italy) and courses at the Bruckner Akademie Orchester (Munich). With a scholarship awarded from the ESMUC, he studies orchestral and choir conducting, receiving classes form professors like Salvador Brotons, Mireia Barrera or Pierre Cao, among others.

Since he was named conductor of the Orquesta Filarmnica Maestro Arroyo (La Rioja) in 1998, he has conducted different orchestras and chamber music groups like the Joven Orquesta Ciudad de Calahorra (La Rioja), the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monzn (Aragn), the Orchestre Solidaire Rsonnance (Barcelona), the Orquestra de Cambra de Vic (Barcelona), the Orquesta Sinfnica del Reino de Aragn (Huesca), the Orquestra Simfnica Infantil de les Terres de Lleida, the Conjunt Instrumental and the Cor de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), the Orquestra de Cambra de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), the Banda Municipal de San Asensio (La Rioja) and the Huesca Brass (Huesca).

His strong national and international career has lead him to perform in concert halls like the Auditorio of Zaragoza, the Auditori Enric Granados in Lrida, the Palau de la Msica Catalana in Barcelona, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Thtre de Beaulieu ant the Salle Paderewski in Lausanne, the Conservatoire de Musique and the Btiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva, the Amphithtre Pierre Abou-Khater in Beirut and the Salle- Auditorium Safadi in Tripoli (Lebanon), among others.

Committed to orchestral teaching, he has conducted a large number of junior and youth orchestras attached to different Spanish musical centers. He gave chamber orchestra classes at the Gene Nastri Community School of the Arts (WA, USA), and has been assistant conductor of the orchestras of the Conservatorio Jess Guridi (Vitoria), the Cebreros Festival of Strings (vila), and the Setenes Orquestrades Internacionals de Catalunya (Barcelona). He also worked for the Escuela Superior de Msica de Catalua coordinating the orchestral and choir conducting classes.

In 2010, with Elizabeth Sombart, he created the OSR, Orchestre Solidaire Rsonnance, whose main activity is to bring classical music free in places where there is normally no. This way, he amplifies the labor of the Fondation Rsonnance in many European countries and in Lebanon. Nowadays he is the conductor of the OSR, Orchestre Solidaire Rsonnance, and the Orquestra de Cambra de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).

Recently, he has conducted the Chopin Concerts with the pianist Elizabeth Sombart and the OSR in different concert halls in Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Lebanon, and he has also conducted at the International Festival Variations Musicales de Tannay (Switzerland).