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Dear friends, dear delegates of the Autumn Gathering of the ECMTA!

Thank you for making the meeting in Leiston Abbey fruitful, enriching and enjoyable! Thank you all the guest speakers - Matthew Jones, Richard Ireland and Kai Christiansen, thank you to all the Members Forum presenters, Michael Tsalka and Yiannis Miralis for the concert and the students who participated in our meeting! Big thanks to our host Pro Corda - Andrew Quartermain and the team!

I have the great joy to announce the next meeting - the ECMTA Spring meeting will take place
April 27-29 2018 in Warsaw, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Detailed program and inscription form will be available soon.

Warmest greetings to everyone from the ECMTA office,

Marje Lohuaru,

ECMTA Autumn Gathering 3-5 November 2017 in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk (UK)

ECMTA Autumn Gathering 3-5 November 2017 in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk (UK)
In cooperation with Pro Corda www.procorda.com

The European Chamber Music Teachers Association´s Autumn Gathering took place in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk (United Kingdom), on 3-5 November 2017. Our host and partner was Pro Corda.  The ECMTA Autumn Gathering delegates were privileged to hear and see the presentation of  Pro Corda by  prof Andrew Quartermain, artistic director. Our guest speakers included prof Matthew Jones (Head of Chamber Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK), Richard Ireland (Artistic Director, ChamberStudio, UK) and Kai Christiansen (San Francisco, CA, USA), founder of Chamber Music Database earsense.org

The events included masterclasses for students by ECMTA members/professors, Members´forum and concerts.  We were happy to welcome two our member professors Yiannis Miralis and Michael Tsalka with their program "Sacred Orbs of Dance" (see BOOKLET of AUTUMN GATHERING 2017 below) with  works by Spanish, Cypriot, Greek, French, American, South-American and British composers.

Leiston Abbey is a beautiful historic site dating from 1363, set in the Suffolk countryside only a short drive from the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold. The beautiful abbey ruins are incorporated into the buildings providing a stunning backdrop. Parts of the ruins were purchased in the 1970s by Pro Corda, the International Chamber Music Academy, a charity running music courses for children and adults.


Program and practical information

Masterclass schedule for Leiston Abbey 3-5 November

Guest lecturers´abstracts


Members Forum abstracts Liimatainen K

Information about accommodation in Leiston Abbey for the participants


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The Annual Spring Meeting of the ECMTA in Kuopio, Finland 21-23 April 2017 - 10th Anniversary of the ECMTA

The Annual Spring Meeting of the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association came to its conclusion on Sunday, 23 April. The hospitality of the Kuopio Conservatory made it very hard to leave, as no matter what kind of weather we experienced outside - rain, hail, wind and sun all on one day! - there was always a feeling of warm welcome present inside the beautiful Kuopio Music Centre.

Through chamber music a sense of family develops quickly. At this meeting we greeted our new members from Portugal and new guests from Italy and France. During these three days, chamber music pedagogues from all over Europe – Finland, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, UK, France, Russia, Estonia – listened to concerts, presentations and guest speakers and spent wonderful times together talking about music and teaching music.

ECMTA - European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association

The mission of the Association is the non-profit promotion of chamber music activity and education in Europe. For this purpose the Association shall organize chamber music activities , for example, courses, educational events and conferences, as well as editing pedagogical materials and cooperating with music institutes. The Association shall make proposals and initiatives to enhance the position of chamber music activity.

ECMTA recruites both institutional and private members. The Association organizes the administration and the registration and gives information of the activities organized in the future.

The Association expresses its will to cooporate with other pedagogic associations and institutions like EPTA, ESTA; EVTA; AEC; European music academies and conservatoires.


European Chamber Music Teachers Association

Marje Lohuaru, Chairperson,  Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

Katariina Liimatainen, Vice Chairperson, Kuopio Conservatoire, Finland

Piret Väinmaa, secretary / treasurer


Tatari 13, Tallinn 10116, Estonia 

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Board of the ECMTA 2016-2019

Elected May 1st, 2016, General Assembly of the ECMTA, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw


  • Marje Lohuaru, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia

Vice Chairman:

  • Katariina Liimatainen, Kuopio Conservatory, Finland


  • Eilis Cranitch, Assoziazione Ensemble Xenia, Turin, Italy
  • Filippo Faes, Conservatory in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
  • Petras Kunca, Lithuanian Musicians´ Union
  • Yiannis Miralis, European University, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Miriam Roycroft, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland
  • Jakub Tchorzewski, pianist

Deputy members:

  • Anna Prabucka-Firlej, Gdansk Academy of Music, Poland
  • Michael Tsalka, pianist

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