Speaking about studies… how many students do you have?
I love teaching, it is a task that I consider fascinating. It contributes not only to the teaching of music, which are many and many things, but also to help to become better people, to improve motor skills, expression, to cultivate sensitivity, communication, the relationship and coordination with other people… so many things… These fatcs turn this vocational profession into something very very beautiful.
At present time I have students of all ages, from 8 years old (minimum age to start at school), up to 75 years old. All of them are eager to learn, but I would particularly highlight the enthusiasm of the older ones, since in their childhood they could not learn accordion, and now they really enjoy the opportunity they have.
In addition, I teach classes of access to regulated education (Conservatory), and also access to Musikene (higher education). In this way I prepare the students in the theoretical subjects: Harmony, Forms, History, etc.
I am also part of the Pedagogy Department of the Donostia Municipal School, offering two weekly auditions for children. We intend in this way to bring music to the little ones.
Your favourite song?
The truth is that for me it is very difficult to select only one song. There is so much and such beautiful musical literature and beautiful songs… but I would highlight a popular one: “Xalbador heriotza”, and a musical composition: the end of “St Matthew Passion” of J S Bach.
The last book you’ve read
I really like Camilleri’s novels, in which the protagonist is Commissioner Montalbano. I have read a large part of them, the last “The Age of Doubt”. I am also very keen to read a study published on the works of Bach by Jon Eliot Gardiner, “In the Garden of Heaven”. As you can see, nothing to do with one another.
What is your opinion on LumaSuite?
The truth is that I did not know it until you visited me, but I think it is very good what you do.
Tell us about the projects you have in hand.
I am the founder and director of the “Andrés de Egiguren” Orchestra of Eibar. As more outstanding performances, I would mention the concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Eibar and Gernika, offered in both cities, as well as the performances of the opera “The altarpiece of Master Pedro” and “El amor brujo“, by Manuel de Falla, as a culmination to the exhibition “Zuloaga – Falla, history of a friendship”, offered in Centro – Centro, Palacio Cibeles in Madrid.
As a more immediate event, next December 15, we will offer a concert in Eibar, where the accordionist Ander Tellería will take part, as well as the Mezzo Soprano Cristina del Barrio, both young great musicians. In the program, we will play compositions of Mozart, Piazzola, Tschaikovsky, with the participation of a ballet and also a choir formed by two choirs. In it, we will integrate the accordion into the orchestra.
Currently, I am working on the recovery of compositions of Aita Madina, which have been stored in a drawer and therefore have not been interpreted until now. I am going to review them and finish their orchestration, to make a world premiere and edit a disc.
In all of hem, I want the accordion to take part.