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Welcome to the Autumn Gathering in Tallinn, Dec 9-11, 2016!

Dear ECMTA members and friends!

Welcome to the European Chamber Music Teachers Association Autumn Gathering in Tallinn, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) on 9-11 Dec 2016! The event will be filled with presentations from ECMTA delegates and guests, concerts, masterclasses, Members Forum, workshops, workgroup discussions and the General Meeting. As we are approaching the celebration of our 10th anniversary in 2017, all members and guests are warmly welcome to Tallinn to share our joy and to make new plans for the future!

Welcome to Tallinn!

Program and info

Poster for the Tallinn Autumn Gathering 9-11 Dec 2016


Members Forum Tallinn 2016


NB! Dear students! The deadline for the registration to participate in the masterclasses was Dec, 2, 2016!

Please address your registration and questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Tallinn Inscription Form (the registration is ended)

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How to join ECMTA

Join us as an individual member, institutional member, ensemble member or contributing member! ECMTA is completely member-driven association and it's aim is networking and exchange of knowledge and experience. It connects chamber music teachers across Europe who share love and passion for chamber music and ensemble playing in general. If you look at the "ensemble" of board members you'll see that there are several countries represented -these are the most active in ECMTA: Finland, Ireland/Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, etc., of course there are more... Traditionally, there are two meetings in a year (in different countries) that contain masterclasses, concerts, members forum, General Assemblies, we invite guests as Keynote speakers, ensembles-in-residence who give concerts and workshops and traditionally we enjoy the cultural clustre of the host country of our meetings.Last meeting in Poland (My 2016) contained detailed insights into Polish yet undiscovered but valuable music, several presentations from Polish youth music training organizers, a presentation of Chopin Institute project "Chopin on historical pianos" and, of course guided tour to Chopin Museum in Warsaw.
And, of course, everyone is invited to join our concerts as listeners where students across Europe, usually students of our members-professors, are performing.
You are welcome to join our Facebook group "ECMTA members and friends"!

For new members

  • Return the membership form completed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pay the membership fee after receiving an invoice for payment. Bank: Nordea Bank AB Estonia EE621700017004017862

The invoices will be sent by the accounting service Leinonen Group/ Leinonen Estonia. NB! Please send all requests and questions regarding the invoices to the secretary of ECMTA:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual fees:

  • Individual Member: 70 euros
  • Chamber Ensemble (2-5 members): 110 euros
  • Institutional Member: 140 euros
  • Contributing member (non-teacher, non-musician, individual or institution): 70 euros minimum

An Individual Member receives one vote in the General Assembly, a Chamber Ensemble 2 votes, and an Institutional Member 3 votes. A Contributing Member may participate in all activities, but may not vote in the General Assembly. A Chamber Ensemble must have a legal administrative identity and confirmed pedagogical activity.


Chairman’s message

Dear ECMTA family!

I’m very grateful to all of you for your remarkable contribution to the very inspiring and constructive meeting in Warsaw!

My special thanks go to Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska and Maia Nosowska!
I would sincerely like to thank Evan Rothstein and Keijo Aho for the incredible work that has been done in the development of the organisation.

Let us together create ECMTA as a flexible and dynamic platform of chamber music!
This work can be done together.

In gratitude,
Marje Lohuaru

Statement on the UKs EU Referendum by EMC Chairman Ian Smith

Dear members and friends, here you can read the statement on the UKs EU Referendum by EMC Chairman Ian Smith:

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Dear members and friends of the European Music Council,

I write as Chair/President of the European Music Council to express my deep regret and sorrow that at yesterday's referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union by a narrow margin of 52% voting to leave and 48% voting to remain. The EMC remains at the core of my being and my responsibilities as Chair are if anything strengthened by this regrettable vote. I am happy to report that Scotland voted by a clear majority of 62% to remain as part of the EU and that could, of course lead, not only to the break up of Europe, which we all fear, but the break up of the UK too.

The majority vote has come almost entirely from an English-based populace who fear continuing immigration and want to retain control of the UK which is, in my view a misplaced priority and fails to grasp that we are stronger together. From a cultural and artistic perspective this is certainly the case and is why the European Music Council is strong and that strength comes from our members and our shared priorities and vision for music as a universal language that knows no barriers wherever it is practiced across all genres, all abilities and for the benefit of all peoples.

We will remain strong and focussed on our European and global agenda and I hope it is clear that what has just happened in the UK must make us all vigilant and ensure that we unite through the common language of music that is and remains our passion. 

Ian Smith, Chair of the EMC

Membership of ECMTA offers a lot of possibilities

One of the missions of Ecmta shall be the non-profit promotion of chamber music activity in Europe. The association has been present in several chamber music events and it's members have learned how to benefit the possibilities that the meetings offer in networking, developing common projects and supporting each other. Visiting each other´s events, festivals and competitions as performing artists, jury members, masterclass teachers, lecturers etc. belong already to the activities of many members of the association.  The Ecmta logo is to be seen still more frequently in the brochures of the chamber musical events.

As an example of these kind of activities the following couple of events from Autumn 2015:

t p henellyiannis miralisIn the middle of November there  took place a small festival called ”Light of Sound” in Finland. The festival had its roots in the Ecmta meeting in Savonlinna in the year 2013 where composer and producer Tero-Pekka Henell became friends with saxophonist Yiannis Miralis and pianist Michael Tsalka. Already earlier, when Ecmta gathered in Tallinn, he had met pianist Cristina Cavalli who already in December 2012 gave in Rome  the first performance of his composition "Twelve Roman preludes". During a steamship cruising on the lake Saimaa at the end of the Savonlinna-conference, Henell found an idea for a new work, ”Autio, seven Presumptions of the Unknown” (Word "Autio" means "Desert" in English), that he composed during 2013-2014. Yiannis Miralis ordered the work and it is dedicated to him.