Itzel Conde performing Simphonya Spagnola by E. Lalo at the Wiener Saal, Bad Gastein

From 27th July to 10th august I had the honor of being part of the faculty at the International Festival and Master Course Music in the Alps in Bad Gastein, Austria. It was a wonderful experience of making music at it’s highest level among amazing teachers and students. It was 2 weeks of practices, concerts, rehearsals and lectures in the austrian alps where nature seemed to whisper to us it’s more profound secrets. It remained me the importance of being aware of the profound relationship between nature and music.

Among my students I had the pleasure to work with the talented Itzel Conde who came directly from Mexico City. We worked the principles of The Conscious Musician regarding the daily practice and her relationship with music and stage performance. The worked she did in 2 weeks was outstanding and her performance at the Gala Concert was full of expression and great technique. Congratulations Itzel!

I am glad to share her experience at the Festival:

“Music in the Alps was a magical experience for me. I feel refreshed and happy. It changed my life. It was very demanding and the teachers were committed with our deep learning. To be among great musicians and with high level students inspired me and changed my relationship with music and life. Thank you very much to Paulina Derbez for being there everyday and for open my eyes to a whole new world of learning. Thanks too because some of the lessons were a long walk to the forest talking about new ways of making music and practicing in this beautiful place. Without a doubt the methodology of The Conscious Musician has had a huge impact in my life. I hope more and more musicians and artists can find this way of making music and art.” 

-Itzel Conde

Music in the Alps what an amazing and life changing experience!

A special thanks to the wonderful artistic director Irena Portenko!

Paulina Derbez

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