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Luis Magin

Luis Magín, President of the Spanish Viola Society, holds an important position within the international viola community for his dedication to the development and research of the instrument. He has published articles for the Strad Magazine and DEDICA on Viola History and Didactics and currently is serving his second term as Executive Secretary of the International Viola Society. Director of International Studies and Viola Chair at CONSMUPA in Oviedo, Mr. Magín has been awarded several competition prizes including: The Golden Medal at “Oviedo Competition” 1992; 1st Prize “Angel Muñiz Toca” 1993; Silver Medal at International “Villa de Sahagún” competition 1997; 1st Prize “Rotary International” 1998 and the Diploma D´onore at “Torneo Internationale di Música” 1998.

Mr. Magin’s technical command and musicality has encouraged many composers to dedicate viola works to him, including Jorge Muñiz, Juan Cué, Salvador Brotons and Ximo Cano among others. He gave the world premiere of the Viola Concerto (op.106) by Salvador Brotons and has performed as soloist with the JONDE, CONSMUPA Symphony Orchestra, Iberian Chamber Orchestra (OCI), Barcelona Symphonic Band and Orquesta de Cámara Galega. He has been principal viola of the Orquesta de Cámara Galega (OCGA) and guest principal viola of the Spanish Radio Television Orchestra (RTVE). His performances and recordings have been acclaimed and obtained recognition of the critics Strad Magazine, Ritmo, Musicalia. An active chamber musician, he founded the project “Lidón Trio,” which rescues and promulgates the Spanish viola literature of the 18th and 19th centuries, and “El Temple de la Biola,” an incipient production and edition company specializing in performative research documentaries, rare music printing, and innovative didactical tutorials.

Mr. Magín has established himself as one of the most sought after professors in Europe and he is frequently asked to give master classes at major festivals. Since 2010 he has directed his own Summer Academy and Festival in the heart of the Peaks of Europe. He masters an extensive repertoire for the instrument and has recorded for RTVE, Several Records, and FMEL. Mr. Magín holds a Bachelor Degree from the Oviedo Conservatory and a Master of Music and Artist Diploma from Yale University. He received his Doctorate in Musicology from Oviedo University and is author of the thesis: “The viola is Spain: the history of its teaching through the main methods and studies.”