Founded in 2000 by Luisa Morales, the International Festival of
Spanish Keyboard Music (FIMTE) is now internationally recognised as a leader in the field of Spanish Keyboard Music. Through a wide array of performances, scholarly and educational events, FIMTE has earned its place as a leading presentation venue for scholars and performers of Spanish keyboard music and has secured FIMTE's reputation as one of the most important annual celebrations of Spanish music. FIMTE was created to commemorate Diego Fernández, the Spanish harpsichord builder to Queen Maria Barbara and who was born in Almería, where FIMTE is celebrated.
Over the years, FIMTE has evolved from a festival into an institution organising activities all year long, always with the aim of promoting the rich heritage of Spanish keyboard music and making it available to a wider audience. FIMTE is a registered non-profit organisation.
International Symposium “Diego Fernández”
Known as “the international meeting point of musicians, musicologists and builders”(Early Music ), attended by participants from universities and musical institutions worldwide, since 2000 the “Diego Fernández” symposia have provided opportunities for presenting new information about Spanish instruments, new repertoire and performance practices. Since its inception, three Spanish harpsichords have been discovered and reported for the first time, and has fostered the preservation and study of the only extant combined harpsichord-piano-organ (Tornel, 1777). In addition, the recovery of lost repertoire has been presented at the symposia and performed in the concert series. A fair on Spanish keyboard music and instruments was part of the symposia from 2000 to 2006. Since 2006, FIMTE has organised two post-symposium tours: “Spanish Harpsichords and Early Pianos” and the “Cabezón Tour”.
Proceedings of FIMTE “Diego Fernández” symposia are published periodically. Written by the top scholars in the field under the editorship of Luisa Morales, these books are reviewed in international recognised journals such as Early Music, Musique, Images, Instruments, Revista de Musicología , etc.
Annual Concert Series
Since its first edition, FIMTE has presented via its concert series the recovery of lost repertoire. Is in this vein FIMTE has provided the world premiere performance of works by Cristóbal de Morales, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz and Frederic Mompou, among others.FIMTE On-line mp3Over the last few years we have produced two global events with the active participation of more than 300 performers: the First Global Scarlatti Marathon (2006) and the C@bezón500 Collection (2010). As a result, the complete keyboard works of Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566) and Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) are now available for free in FIMTE mp3 archives.