Spain Embassy organizes classical music concert in Ethiopia

On the occasion of the Spanish National Day, the Embassy of Spain in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia organized the second Ethio – Spanish classical music concert.


At the concert the Yared Music Schoool Symphonic Orchestra will be performing Ethiopian and Spanish classical music pieces under the direction of the acclaimed Spanish conductor Silvia Sanz.

The concert will be held at the National Theatre on Monday October 14 at 6.30 pm. Entrance is free. This concert is also celebrated within the framework of the Addis Ababa 4th Classical Music Festival, according to the press statement from the Embassy. 

The program includes musical pieces from Isaac Albéniz (El sombrero de tres picos), Manuel de Falla, Rimski Korsakov, amongst others. Maestro Silvia Sanz will be also directing Ethiopian classical pieces, such as Getachew Gessi Woldu and Solomon Lulu Mitiku.

This collaboration offers the possibility for deep cultural exchange, as the conductor will be training the young Ethiopian musicians for a week before the concert, helping them develop new musical skills and the interpretation of the colourful and spirited Spanish Classical music.

Maestro Silvia Sanz was born in Madrid. She studied music (piano, harmony, counterpoint, fugue) in the Music Conservatory, as well as composition and orchestra conducting with the Maestro, Enrique García Asensio, then with Helmuth Rilling and Aldo Ceccato, among others.

She has conducted orchestras and chorus in distinguished venues around the world, such as in Italy, France, Belgium, Check Republic, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Paraguay, Lithuania, Honduras, Korea, Portugal and El Salvador.

This initiative is a great experience once again for the YMS Student’s Orchestra as it is the second time that they are organized as a symphonic orchestra to play before the audience in the National Theatre.

The orchestra is composed by around 40 musicians, and as Mr. Getachew Gessi, the YMS director, says “the students are very excited and are willing to perform for the Ethiopian audience once again. For them, it is a very rewarding experience to work with a conductor such as Maestro Sanz once again.

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