The guitar player Pablo Sáinz-Villegas is making his debut on the island with the work by the maestro Joaquin Rodrigo 


The guitarist from La Rioja, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, will make his debut in the season of the Symphonic Orchestra of Tenerife in the performance of the work El concierto de Aranjuez, by Joaquin Rodrigo. The new event by the group of the Island Council will be this Friday [6] at 07:30 p.m., with a programme that also includes the overture of the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, by Glinka, and Symphony No.4 by Tchaikovsky and the Brit Alexander Shelley conducting.

El concierto de Aranjuez is a work composed during the Spanish Civil War and its second movement, Adagio, has been covered by artists from the world of pop, rock, jazz (Carlos Santana, Chick Corea and Miles Davis, among others) as well as the version that Richard Anthony created for voice, whose melody has been performed by melodic and opera singers such as Plácido Domingo, Josep Carreras, Lola Flores, Montserrat Caballé and Amália Rodrigues. It has also been used in films and television advertisements. 

The evening is getting underway with the overture of the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila. This is a chance to listen to a work by Mikhail Glinka, a composer with a limited presence on the regular programmes of auditoriums, despite being a benchmark for later composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky. The music offered by the Symphonic Orchestra in Tenerife is based on texts by the poet Pushkin and with a clear Italian inspiration.

The second part of the concert will allow us to enjoy Symphony No.4 by Tchaikovsky, which moves between the melancholy and joy that characterised the composer during the creation of this work. His unease is reflected in the first movement, but over the course of the symphony his state of mind gradually improves, ending with the triumphant pursuit of happiness.

Since his debut at the Lincoln Center with the Philharmonic Orchestra of New York, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas has become a benchmark of contemporary symphonic guitar, playing with directors and orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestras of Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Israel and the National Orchestra of Spain and performing in historic halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo. He has performed several global premières, including the first work written for guitar by John Williams.

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas played the piece he is performing this week with the Berlin Philharmonic and its conductor, Kirill Petrenko, on the occasion of the New Year concert. The guitarist from La Rioja has received more than thirty international awards including the Andrés Segovia, the Rioja Arts Award the Ojo Crítico Award from RNE and the Trelles Villademoros Award given by the Royal Corps of Nobility of the Principality of Asturias. 

Alexander Shelley has conducted the world´s best orchestras across the six continents, notably including the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Philharmonic Orchestras of Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Malaysia as well as the Symphony Orchestras of Sao Paulo, Houston, Montreal, Toronto, Munich, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.

In September 2015, Alexander Shelley replaced Pinchas Zukerman as musical director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada. Together, they have gone on important tours around Canada and Europe, have launched innovative projects, released several award winning albums at the JUNO Awards and, more recently, they have responded to social justice problems and issues deriving from the pandemic with the 'NACOLive' and 'UnDisrupted' series’.

Since January 2015, he has been the principal associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, with which he directs an annual series of concerts at Cadogan Hall and he goes on national and international tours. In August 2017, he concluded his eight-year period as chief conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra.

For Alexander, it has always been and remains crucial to serve as a source of inspiration for future generations of musicians and fans of classical music, and he does so through his work as founder and artistic director of the Schumann Camerata and its innovative "440Hz" series in Düsseldorf and with his regular tours conducting the National Youth Orchestra of Germany.

The tickets for the concert in the Auditorio de Tenerife can be purchased on the website, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.