From July 1 to 27 2019, the 19th edition of the Santander Encounter of Music and Academia turned the capital and a score of Cantabrian locations into a setting where extraordinary talents meeted.
The more than 60 students selected coexisted with a faculty made up of top-flight international figures: Zakhar Bron and Latica Honda-Rosenberg (violin), Ivan Monighetti (cello), Hansjörg Schellenberger (oboe), Pascal Moraguès (clarinet), Dag Jensen (bassoon), Richard Watkins (horn), Claudio Martínez Mehner (piano) and Péter Csaba (chamber orchestra), among others. For the first time, the Encounter saw the addition of Miguel da Silva (viola), Andrea Lieberknecht (flute) and Iris Vermillion (singing).
In addition, participants had the opportunity to work on the music of Péter Eötvös with the master musician himself, who was invited as a resident composer for this edition of the Encounter. The inaugural concert, directed by maestro Eötvös, took place on July 7 in the Argenta Hall at the Palacio de Festivales, with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra and the violinist Giovanni Guzzo as guest soloist, who performed a piece from Eötvös, Petrushka by Stravinsky and Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.
The artistic offering was completed with forty-five concerts programmed by Péter Csaba, the artistic director of an Encounter whose scenarios span all of Cantabria, from the Argenta and Pereda Halls at the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria to the Palacio de la Magdalena-Universidad Menéndez Pelayo, the church of Santa Lucia and 21 other locations throughout the region.