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Saturday September 24

I ESTA Spain Congress

provisional program

8:45 Reception

9:00 Opening table                                                        


10:00 - 11:00 Lectures 1 (Moderated by: Dr. Carolina Landriscini, CSM Coruña)

Ruben Fornell

Zlatka Pencheva​

11'00-11'30  Coffee-break

11:30-13:00 Lectures 2 (Moderated by: Dr. Leandro A. Martin Quinteros, CSM Canarias)

Jonas Garcia Rodriguez

Idaira Alamo Jimenez

Oliver Curbelo González​

13:00 - 15:00 Break


15:00 – 16:30

Keynote address: MIMI ZWEIG

"Creating a String Academy from the Ground up"


16:30-17:30 Lectures 3 - Presentation of books ESTA Spain (Moderator: Dr. Paula Hernández-Dionis)

  • Caroline Landriscini

"From the musician in general... to the cellist in particular" a wide-ranging didactic proposal.

  • vera fouter

Yuri Yankelevitch: Pedagogical Legacy



17'30-18'00  Coffee-break

18:00-19:30 Lectures 4 (Moderated by: Dr. Oksana Solovieva, UNIR, Vice President of ESTA Spain)


Francesca Raimondi

Yavet Boyadjiev

Diane Daley

19:30 – 21:00 Presentations 5 (Moderated by: Dr. Vicenta Gisbert, UNIR) 

Isidro Ristori​

Arantxa Rodriguez Deroy

iris mariel rodriguez


𝐌𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐤 is a pioneering cellist, singer, songwriter, and educator with a passion for intercultural collaboration through music. Hailed by the New York Times for his "solo interpretive vibrancy and richness," and by the Salt Lake City Desert News as "a true artist...a sight to behold," Mike Block "is one of the world's most fearless musicians. and intrigues of the American fusion scene" (Gramophone). Mike's performances offer a rich mix of classical repertoire, folk music, original compositions and songs. Since 2005, Mike has been a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, with whom he has performed as soloist on cello and vocals, contributed arrangements and compositions, and won a Grammy Award in 2017 for his album Sing Me Home.

Mike is part of the first generation of cellists to adopt a strap to stay upright and move around while performing. To do this, he uses a strap designed by himself: The Block Strap. Mike was the first cellist to perform “standing up” at Carnegie Hall, a performance the New York Times characterized as "breathless... half dance, half defiance."

In 2020, Mike founded Play For The Vote, hosting musical performances at polling stations across the country on Election Day, with the goal of increasing voter participation by providing a more positive voting experience. As an educator, he is the founder/director of two summer programs: the Mike Block String Camp, as well as Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop. Mike teaches online through his Multi-Style Cello School, and is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory.

Do you want to know more about Mike Block? We invite you to discover his music, his projects, tours... on his

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