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Oblivious to the 9th

I have just emerged from the performance of Beethoven’s 9th by the OBC, the Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, which programmed this week’s event to include a bold staging design in the hands of a company with a strange name, one I’d heard in glowing reports from other shows: the Agrupación Señor Serrano. They […]

Feminismo, música clásica, orquestas juveniles y Despacito

En mi reciente gira en Chile, entre clases, seminarios y un concierto muy especial, la periodista Lorena Ruiz me invitó al programa Ciudad Mosaico de Radio Valentín Letelier, la radio de la Universidad de Valparaíso. La peculiaridad de esta entrevista es que el programa estaba dedicado a problemas de inclusión social, y en él nunca […]

Cara maestra

Post pubblicato in spagnolo nel blog www.musikeon.net il 14 aprile 2017.   Ricordo ancora come se fosse ieri l’emozione di percorrere quel corridoio e, al termine trovare, settimana dopo settimana, quella stanza. Quindicenne, nel pieno delle tempeste emotive di quell’età, con una lista esageratamente lunga di cose che credi di NON volere dalla vita, pensando […]

El partido de mi vida

Será porque tengo un hijo que juega al fútbol (y muy bien, que conste), pero el momento en que se encuentra mi vida profesional no consigo imaginarlo sin acudir a una metáfora futbolística. Hace ya un tiempo que lo pienso: estoy a punto de saltar al campo para jugar la segunda parte del partido de […]


I am often told that in today’s musical world everybody seeks perfection. Students, teachers, juries, producers, critics, and concert players; all would be apparently obsessed with perfection. This is not my perception at all. Many students certainly are preoccupied with it, often encouraged by their teachers. And this is sometimes (not always) the concern of […]

Sex, travel, and music books

I don’t know about you, but by far the three most exciting things in life for me are writing books, travelling to unknown places, and having good sex. And I’ve always thought that writing books is the only one of these three things whose successful outcome does not require the involvement of other people. You […]

Finally, our PhD call!

Finally, the call for our doctoral programme at the University of Aveiro was published! Applications until August 3. On October 11, we will start classes. Any brave in the room willing to challenge? #Doctorate #Aveiro #SóloParaValientes https://www.ua.pt/research/PageEdict.aspx?g=9&a=0 https://acesso.ua.pt/upload/editais/e_3955.pdf

40 questions

In December 2017 I answered the Musikeon version of the so-called Proust Questionnaire. It was a nice way to talk about very different things, from tigers and archeology to Borges and Star Wars. Here are the questions and my answers.   An adjective that best defines your character? Enthusiastic. This, at least, is what they say […]