A classic Spanish and Italialian duo, violinist, Olegure Beltran Pallares, and viola, Behrang Rassekhi, brought by the Embassy of Spain in Harare, are set to perform at the classic music concert in Harare on July 6.
The duo will perform free of charge at the Harare International School on the sixth. On the seventh they will perform at the Jairos Jiri School for the blind in Kadoma and finally perform at the Zimbabwe Academy of Music in Bulawayo on the eighth.
“Pallares who was born in Spain has won first prize in the violin category of the ‘Vila de Salou’ competition and in 2007 and 2008 recieved the ‘Wardwell-Stipendium’ scholarship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to continue his education in Germany,” said the Embassy’s cultural attaché Marina Garcia Sanchez.
Sanchez said Pallares had also starred in the field of chamber music, with Trio Boccherini, the Al Tallone duo, Quartet en si, Quartet Prisma, Quintet Almodis, Plural Ensemple and Noga Quartet in numerous concerts in Barcelona, London, New York, Miami, Berlin, the Azores, Madrid and Leon among others.
She said in the orchestral field, Pallares had been a member of several youth orchestras around Europe, collaborating with several professional orchestras from Spain and Berlin and since May 2009, has been the leading second violinist in the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon.
“Rassekhi who was born in Italy was member of various youth orchestras including the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, often playing first viola in some of the most prestigious venues such us Musikverin in Vienna and The Royal Albert Hall in London, among others,” said Sanchez.
She said he had extensive experience with chamber music, playing the viola for the Escher Quartet and receiving the hallowed teachings for quartets such as Artemis and Prometeo and since June 2009 he was member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
She said beyond a close friendship, Pallares and Rassekhi were artistically involved in parallel professional directions, (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia and Gulbenkian Orchestra from Lisbon), exploring chamber music with an intensity and commitment that they were privileged to learn with the GM Youth Orchestra.
“That is how this duo of Persian and Mediterranean decent with Germanic training, and a subsequent cosmopolitan interpretation of the music of our time came into being, making them a singularly unique act,” said Sanchez.