A musical jewel of the 19th century

At the age of 27, the cellist from Albacete Francisco Javier González Navarro continues a promising artistic career in the United Kingdom, a country where he carries out a master’s degree with the London Symphony Orchestra and which he combines with recitals in different concert halls in Great Britain, as well as in Our country, not in vain, in the summer of 2019 he played at the La Asunción Cultural Center in Albacete as the culmination of several master classes.

“The course that I am taking – points out the young musician – is an Artist Diploma, maximum degree (just below the doctorate) in Performing Arts here in the United Kingdom. I teach it at the Royal College of Music in London, with two scholarships that add up to full tuition and a little more: Dr Laing Foundation and Covid-19 Hardship Foundation.

González Navarro explains to La Tribuna de Albacete that «after studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Rebecca Gilliver, principal cello of the London Symphony Orchestra, he is now trained with Catherine Rimer and Richard Tunnincliffe, principal and co-principal in the Orchestra of the Age of Enligtenment and with several members of the Florilegium group and guest teachers such as David Watkin.

Projects. “Apart from developing my interests in chamber music and the chamber orchestra – he continues – I am also preparing three concerts by Luigi Boccherini (the famous 18th century Italian composer and cellist settled in the Spanish Court of Carlos III – to play with, duo, guitar quintet and string orchestra ».

One of the opportunities that the educational center offers its students is to be able to play with historical instruments of a truly remarkable sound and quality, in his case he has borrowed several: a baroque W. Thornhill cello on loan from Anita Stevens, another from the T. Kennedy circle of 1920 and a piccolo W. Candle, both loaned by the Royal College of Music, a romantic bow, another classic and another baroque made and loaned by Verena Sachauer.

a unique piece. Francisco Javier González comments that «I also have the honor of playing a W. Foster III, number 22, an English cello from 1804 made by a family of luthiers that lasted four generations and is one of the best instruments ever made in England. Its sound is noble, eloquent, powerful, kind and simply unique. This wonderful instrument belongs to the Royal College of Music Museum Collection and, as a curiosity, it should be noted that the Prince of Wales himself, Charles of England, learned to play with it ». He reveals that they gave it to him at the end of last year for his solo debut at the recently opened Performance Hall of the Royal College, picking it up just the day before from the prestigious and well-known luthier Gustav Leonhard.

(More information in the printed edition).

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