International Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Pianists and Chamber Ensembles, March 16-25, 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania

Welcome to the International Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Pianists and Chamber Ensembles, March 16-25, 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania!

The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities who were born in or after 1988, and to chamber ensembles whose members’ average age is less than 35 years.

The Competition is open to the following ensembles:

• Duo: violin and piano
• Trio: piano, violin, cello
• Quintet: piano, 2 violins, viola, cello


20th Xenia Chamber Music Course

The International Xenia Chamber Music Course for young string players took place in Pracatinat in the beautiful Natural Park of Orsiera Rocciavrè in the Italian Alps, just 70 klms west of Turin, Italy from July 21st to 31st 2017.
Thirty seven students, between 10 - 22 yrs of age, from eight different countries took part and were coached by nine musicians coming from six different countries - Ilona Klusaite (Lithuania and ECMTA member); Daniel Roberts (UK) ; Prunella Pacey (Holland/UK), Andrè Swanepoel (South Africa/Wales/Ireland); Adrian Pinzaru (Romania/Italy); Claudia Ravetto and Giacomo Agazzini (Italy); Elizabeth Wilson (UK/Italy and ECMTA member) and Eilis Cranitch( Ireland/Italy ECMTA member).
Everyday each student took part in three different chamber groups, string orchestra and and a scheduled individual study period. All three works studied by the students during the course in different groups and formations were then performed by them in three public concerts given in different venues over the last weekend of the course.
But that’s not all !
To celebrate our 20th anniversary we had some very special events :
An anniversary concert “Xenia&Friends” on Sunday 23rd July in the beautiful venue of the chapel of the Fort di Fenestrelle, the biggest Alpine Fortress in Europe. All staff members together with older students performed in various formations. The concert closed with a performance of Schumann’s 1st quartet by the Lyskamm Quartet, a vibrant young Italian string quartet, who acted as our quartet in residence for the first three days of the course.
A second staff concert took place late on the evening of Thursday 27th of July in the unusual outdoor setting of a quarry carved out of a rock in the woods surrounding the Pracatinat Centre where the course is held.
In addition we had the pleasure to welcome as our guest of honour the renowned cellist and founder member of the Orlando Festival Stephan Metz, who spent three days with us. Besides giving public masterclasses to two student quartets - the Mozaic quartet from Lithuania and the Turin Corservatoire student quartet, he also gave a very interesting lecture-recital performing music for cello solo by György Kurtág.
Lastly we were delighted to have a special visitor in Evan Rothstein, chairman of ECMTA from 2009-2016 and deputy head of strings at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London who came for the last weekend of the course, sitting in on sessions, participating in all activities and being very supportive and helpful.
The success of the 20th Course Chamber Music Course was due to the hard work on the part of all the students and to the enthusiasm and dedication of all staff members, for whom chamber music is a mission in life!

Elizabeth Wilson Artistic Director and Eilis Cranitch President.
Turin,Italy 3rd august 2017

Foto masterclass quartets with Stefan Metz

Masterclass quartets with Stefan Metz 

Foto Stefan Metz Isabelle Elizabeth Eilis1

Stefan Metz, Isabelle, Elizabeth, Eilis

Foto Xenia Course Group with four ecmta members

Xenia Course group with four ECMTA members



The Masterclass will take place from the 12th – 17th August 2017 at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Lettimi” in Rimini, Italy.

Application fee: Euro 75 per person
Masterclass Fee: Euro 200

Application Fee: 75 Euro per person
Masterclass Fee: Euro 200

Application Fee: Euro 100
Masterclass Fee: Euro 300

Application Deadline: 24 June 2017

The masterclass will include four lessons of one hour each. Interested participants must send a list of the repertoire that they would like to work on during the masterclass

This masterclass will be open to spectators

More information


Playing the instrument well is not enough: Academy provides online knowledge around the music market.

In former times it was enough to get excellent tuition in playing an instrument or in singing before becoming a professional musician and then starting a career by taking part in competitions or finding other ways. However, today’s music world is quite different: worldwide the professional education of young musicians is of exceptional quality, not least because of globalisation. Even teachers are often amazed at the students’ skills at playing an instrument or singing. Accordingly, the market is flooded with extraordinary musical talents. But what are these well-qualified musicians in for?

While studying students do not learn anything about being a self-employed musician or about establishing themselves in the market. But exactly this is the reality they have to face up to: nowadays musicians are independent entrepreneurs that have to deal with creating their artistic image, contracts, taxes, the press and the important social media. For professional musicians, who are not among the lucky ones with an agency to take care of these issues, these areas are of utmost importance.

The CLASSIC AKADEMIE GERMANY fills this gap as it provides the additional knowledge that studying music does not include. This Web-based academy aims at preparing musicians for their professional life so that they are able to assert themselves in the music market. Read more

New logo of ECMTA

European Chamber Music Teachers´Association celebrates its 10th anniversary with the new visual identity

To celebrate it´s 10th anniversary, the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association has organized a competition to create the new logo for the Association. Competition deadline was 31 March, 2017. Six designers from 6 different countries took part in the competition. Three of them have presented multiple design proposals, alltogether 15 works. The winner was selected on 23rd of April, during the European Chamber Music Teachers´Association Annual Spring Meeting in Kuopio, Finland (21-23 April 2017).

We are happy to announce that the winning design is a work of an ensemble, a duo of designers/architects from Venezia, Italy:

 Elisabetta Facchinetti

and Agostino Taboga



ECMTA wishes to thank all the designers who took part in the competition for  their creative energy, inspired by chamber music. Here is and introduction to the new logo by our winning designers:

By using the german’s tones we translated in notes the name ECMTA ,
obtaining a musical theme,
five notes of the same importance,
played by a virtual quintet in which everybody is equal.
This theme is made by large notes like an ancient liturgic music,
giving the idea of the respect,
the values that are in the goals of ECMTA.
We choose different colors as symbol of different cultures and races that music help to mix.

The new logo of ECMTA: 


NB: Coming soon: Stay in tune for the new appearance of our website and social media.

Board of the ECMTA

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 Concervatory, Finland


  • Eilis Cranitch, Assoziaxione 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

Pianist Giuseppe Devastato in China

devastato-in-chinaThe Neapolitan pianist Giuseppe Devastato, held his first tour in China in May this year presenting his latest album "The Neapolitan Masters" a work of research about the Neapolitan piano school, with two songs in world premiere: "Largo" by Pergolesi and the "Third romantic suite op.19" Longo.

The pianist held 8 recitals in all the china, lectures and master classes at the Lanzhou University one of the most prestigious in China.

The masterclass was structured in two stages: single execution of the participants with technical aspects and Musical, then in the second part was presented elements of piano posture related to active and passive muscle of the upper limbs, position of the hands and fingers, articulation, legato, weight transfer and sound production related to the art of bel canto.

The masterclass is finished with a short concert by pianist Giuseppe Devastato, playing his Romanza "Homage to Mozart", Leschetizky "Andante Finale de Lucia di Lammermoor, Op.13", Liszt "Ballad in B minor".

Instead in Wuwei City, held a cultural exchange between China and Italy, where the Chinese College Orchestra played traditional music and Devastato played music by Cimarosa, Martucci and Thalberg.

The last day of his tournee, Giuseppe Devastato, has invited as president of jury at the Hong Kong International Piano Open Competition 2013 of Lanzhou.

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Membership Category for Chamber Ensembles!

ECMTA can now accept as a full member any chamber ensemble with 2 to 5 members, possessing a legal identity and engaged in significant pedagogical activity. Membership fees are 100 euros for the year, and entitles the ensemble to two votes in the General assembly. Our membership forms on the website have been modified, and paper copies can be modified by hand.

QuartetWeb: A new website devoted to string quartet history

This website is an international professional resource devoted to string quartet performers and compositions of the last hundred years or so and to connections between them. At its core is a database, although it will present much more.

Among other things, the database lists quartet groups, including who their members have been, and links them to compositions by first performances, recordings, and other information. It includes references and a bibliography, as well as photos, video, and audio, although its basis will remain text.

Overall, it is anticipated to be an Internet community for string quartet information and lore. Because the subject is large and growing, the site is a continual work in progress, with material being added frequently.

Concerning languages which can be used to send information, Dr Paul Rapoport, the creator of this website sent the following:

Short messages mostly with information about quartets I may understand in any European language. (I have an advanced degree in linguistics as well as music.) I'm comfortable reading extended texts in the following, having studied or translated from them:

  • English German Dutch
  • Danish Swedish Norwegian (either one) Icelandic
  • French Spanish Italian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Latvian

Extended texts are a problem for now in anything else, including Polish, Finnish, and Romanian, all of which you mentioned, although I wouldn't want that to prevent people from contacting me.

The best for me to write in are English, French, Danish, and German.