The international conference XVIIth Forum for Iberian Studies (Oxford, 29-30 September) is pleased to invite you to the concert "The customs of Spain. A multilingual story across cultures", by Galician-Catalan Tenors Pablo González and Jordi Vázquez Acosta with Galician pianist Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras.
The songs they will perform, whether in Galician, Catalan or Spanish, come from the collective body of Spain’s folksong literature. Various well-known musicians (amongst them also a celebrated poet), who dedicated their time to the precious endeavour of transcribing such pieces, aimed for the preservation of a genre heavily dependant on oral tradition. But once composed, songs are for the general public to consume, to sing, to love or despise, to laugh at and nurture so that eventually some, although coined by well-known composers, find themselves enlarging the ever-growing mass of folk songs and traditional lyrics.
Born in Barcelona, Pablo moved to the UK in 2015 to study under renowned tenor Adrian Thompson at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Cardiff), where he is completing a Postgraduate in Music Performance. His studies in the UK are made possible thanks to the generous support of Fundación Barrié. A former pianist, Pablo also holds a Degree in Medicine.
Jordi Vázquez Acosta
Barcelona-born, Jordi’s passion for singing has brought him to Berlin, New York and Utah, studying under different reputed teachers like Darrell Babidge, returning eventually to Barcelona where he completed a Professional Degree in Singing at Conservatori del Liceu. Currently based in Cardiff, he is also mentored by Adrian Thompson.
Tamara Lorenzo Gabeiras
Born in Galicia, Tamara holds a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music (NYC) where she studied under Nina Svetlanova with the support of the Spanish Ministry of Education and was a postgraduate scholarship holder from the Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza studying piano at the Cracow Academy of Music with Prof. Andrzej Pikul. With a development bursary from Help Musicians UK she attended conducting masterclasses with the Berlin Sinfonietta. She is currently a Fellow (Assistant Conductor/ Repetiteur) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a full scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust.