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Encounter of Santander
The success of the School is the success of its former students. Our more than 750 alumni, from 63 different nationalities, live and work in 200 cities of 41 countries.
These are some of their latest news:
Nathan Schram, who studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Fundación BBVA Viola Chair with professor Diemut Poppen during the 2009-2010 academic year, received in January 2020 the Grammy Award for the Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance thanks to the Orange album recorded by the Attaca Quartet.
In addition to composer, Nathan is an entrepreneur and violist of the Attaca Quartet, Founder and Chief Executive of Musicambia, a non-profit organisation that brings musical training and chamber concerts to prisons in United States.
Miguel Colom studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Telefónica Violin Chair under the guidance of Rainer Schmidt from 2004 to 2007.
He has performed as soloist in renowned venues such as Philharmonie, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Madrid’s National Auditorium, with the symphony orchestras of Spanish Radio Television, Barcelona and Catalonia, as well as with Konzerthausorchestra Berlin, with whom he has also been guest concertmaster.
As a chamber musician, he is part of the VibrArt Trio along with pianist Juan Pérez Floristán and cellist Fernando Arias. In 2016 he joined the Conservatory of Aragón as professor and since December 2019, he is concertmaster of the Spanish National Orchestra.
Carmen María Elena González is since January 2020 cello Professor at Córdoba’s Rafael Orozco Conservatory of Music.
Carmen María studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music with professor Natalia Shakhovskaya from 2000 to 2006, and at Madrid’s International Chamber Music Institute with Ralf Gothóni from 2007 to 2009.
She completed her studies in Fiesole with Natalia Gutman and in Hamburg with Bernard Gmelin. From 2011 to 2013, she was a member of Málaga’s Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she performed as soloist, and collaborated with the ONE and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra.
Maksym Dyedikov studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music with Natalia Shakhovskaya from 2008 to 2013, receiving the 2012 Diploma to the most outstanding student of his chair.
He is currently the principal cellist of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), where he founded in 2016 the Animato Foundation along with Viorika Kurliyv-Dyedikova, who also studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Telefónica Violin Chair with professor Zakhar Bron from 2011 to 2013.
The Animato Foundation is a non-profit organisation that supports young Ukrainian musicians in their development and offers free training through the Odessa Classical Music Academy. In January 2020 he was distinguished by the Ukrainian President as “Honoured Arts Worker of Ukraine” for his contribution to the cultural life of the country.
In October 2019 Asier Polo received the National Music Award in the performance category, being the second National Music Award that an alumnus of the School receives, together with the Casals Quartet. Polo has also obtained the position of Professor at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland).
Polo has developed a solid career as international soloist and has given classes at Musikene, San Sebastian. He has participated in international courses of different countries with professors such as Rostropovitch, and from 1993 to 1995 he was a student of the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Cello Chair.