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European Chamber Music Teachers Association´s Autumn Gathering in Tallinn 9-11 Dec, 2016

The Autumn Gathering at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre came to a splendid conclusion Sunday, 11 Dec 2016, with a final wave of ensemble lessons, an informal information meeting providing an admirably concise but detailed update on current issues from Chairwoman Marje Lohuaru and Secretary/Treasurer Piret Väinmaa, a lovely final concert and then a concluding reception bathed in sunlight from the panoramic windows on the 4th floor of the Academy. Students participated not only from EAMT, but also from the Heino Eller Tartu Music College, Tallinn Music High School, Juozas Naujalis Music Gymnasium (Kaunas) and, for the first time, from the Xenia Chamber Music Course (Italy). As is usual, more than 10 professors - from Italy, Portugal, the UK, France, Poland, Cyprus and Lithuania - provided masterclasses with an impressive list of student ensembles playing a broad selection of repertoires and genres: in the three days there were well over 60 lessons. The concerts also featured an especially interesting collaboration between the Xenia Course quartet and a quartet from Kaunas, who came together to perform the first movement of Mendelssohn's Octet; the remaining three movements were expertly played by an octet of students from Tallinn.

The opening student concert featured works of the Gathering's guest speaker, composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, who in addition to speaking at length about his career and compositional process provided a fascinating performance class with the two student ensembles playing his music. Still more works of Tüür were then performed brilliantly the following evening in the Swedish St Michael Church by the Gathering's resident ensemble Yxus. Members of Yxus also invited participating student ensembles to attend a workshop/rehearsal focusing on the iconic minimalist masterpiece, Terry Riley's 'In C'. This was the first time this kind of experiment had been attempted at an ECMTA meeting, and the response from students was inspiring. After some hesitation, the students from Estonia, Italy and Lithuania grew more and more confident, and continued playing long after they had been informed that the session was over!

Returning after a very well-received lecture and workshop at the General meeting in Warsaw, Professor Eugenijus Laurinaitis delivered an magisterial analysis of ECMTA members' responses to his questionnaire on chamber music teaching, placing our pedagogical concerns and challenges in the context of scientific understanding of communication and learning. Members then participated in a lively and stimulating group discussion on issues of communication with students, as well as questions of pedagogy and the role that chamber music teaching and activity can contribute to a young person's development. Two Estonian psychologists, colleagues from Professor Laurinaitis' previous work in Estonia, were also present, and expressed interest in developing and expanding on these reflections.

Members Forum talks included a presentation of the Kuopio Conservatoire in anticipation of the upcoming Annual ECMTA Spring meeting (check the website for details!), an update on activities in the chamber music department at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, an introduction to the highly successful new Lied-Academy of Finland, the announcement of an upcoming competition for duos with piano in Warsaw, an exciting account of the Grand Parade of Musicians organized by the Lithuanian Musicians' Union, a report on the life and music of Dinos Constantinides, and a fascinating résumé of recent research on potential theoretical references useful for the analysis of communication and interaction between musicians in the rehearsal of contemporary aleatoric and improvised music. A final presentation was added on Sunday, which included an impassioned demonstration of strategies we can all employ to encourage non-musical audiences to understand the relevance of classical music to contemporary life.

In summary, we can say that content, variety, timing, preparation, presentation, participation and support all worked together in harmony! Many thanks to our devoted colleagues at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre for the absolutely perfect realization of the Gathering and for your exceptionally warm and relaxed hospitality.

Evan Rothstein

 

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Annual Spring Meeting 2016 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw – a beautiful and enriching experience!

The ECMTA Annual Spring Meeting at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw came to a conclusion on 1st of May 2016.
This was again a meeting rich with stimulating conferences, masterclasses, discussions and concerts, perfectly organized and harmoniously executed, leaving us all inspired and motivated to take new ideas forward.

The conference provided insights into Polish chamber music practice, pedagogy and repertoire. Special thanks to prof Eugenijus Laurinaitis, MD, Ph.D, Professor of Psychology at the Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, for the lecture and workshop on Chamber Ensemble as a Group: Personalities, Characters, Relationship, Creativity – and a special workshop: Relationship, Emotions, and Values in Group Dynamics – Implications for Teaching.

As with several previous meetings, the ECMTA was meeting in parallel with the Baltic States Annual Festival of Student Chambers Ensembles. This year the UMFC hosted the event with support from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Festival was supported by Ministry of Culture and Heritage. Concerts in the beautiful Wilanow Palace and in UMFC included performances of students from Poland, Russia, Baltic States and Finland.

Participants of the Annual Spring Meeting 2016 of the ECMTA wish to express their deepest gratitude to Professor Jankowska-Borzykowska, Professor Nosowska, their colleagues, assistants and students for sharing their time, resources and energy with the ECMTA!

This year the General Meeting contained Elections for the new Chairman and Board. As outgoing Chairman of the ECMTA, dr Evan Rothstein encouraged members to continue to develop and pursue the objectives of the association, and to maintain the sense of community and „family“ that has been characteristic of ECMTA meetings. The outgoing Chairman was thanked for his contribution with a standing ovation. 

The ECMTA wishes to thank the outgoing Chairman, dr Evan Rothstein, Vice Chairman Keijo Aho and outgoing Board for their incredible work that has been done for the organization.

Statement from the outgoing Chairman, Dr Evan Rothstein

Dear ECMTA Members and Friends,
It has been a privilege to serve two three-year terms as Chairman of the ECMTA. We have come a long way from that meeting in Mannheim in 2009, when the future of the association seemed to hang in the balance. Now with over 80 members – including institutions of all levels of music education, individual teachers, ensembles and independent supporters - each meeting brings together a fascinating mix of perspectives and experience, and each new members brings energy and enthusiasm in support of our mission.
My current activities no longer allow me to devote the necessary time to the development of the association, so I will not be running for reelection. But as I come to the end of my mandate, I would like to thank the members of our Board for the last two terms for their participation, interest, enthusiasm and hard work: many of the ideas for meetings, including many wonderful guest speakers, and the running of the work groups has been thanks to their efforts. I remember with deep gratitude all of the colleagues with whom our many meetings have been organized, whose skill and devotion were a source of inspiration, and all of the fascinating and endearing colleagues who have attended our meetings and given of their time, knowledge and experience in forums, discussions and masterclasses. We all owe a debt of thanks to our webmaster Matti Kettunen, who has provided excellent service these past six years.
It has been an exciting time, filled with new experiences, inspiring discoveries and many, many new friends and colleagues: it seems hardly possible, but since 2009 we have come together for meetings in Gdansk, Ascoli Piceno, Amsterdam, Rome, Tallinn, Nicosia, Savonlinna, Cremona, Dublin, Kazan, Riga, Tartu, and now Warsaw. During our fruitful collaboration with Ensemble Magazine, we published 20 articles about member activities, and during my first term we produced four newsletters a year. Many members have continued their collaborations beyond the meetings, working together and developing new networks and projects.
The quantity, range and diversity of topics covered in conferences, panels and Members’ Forum presentations have been truly extraordinary, and underline the importance of ECMTA both as a meeting place and an information sharing platform. Even as our members learn from each other and from the projects of our hosts for each meeting, time and again we see that the connection with an ECMTA meeting or delegation provides added value to our members’ projects that reinforce their position institutionally, locally, nationally and internationally. This synergy explains in part the success of our meetings.
I wish the future Chairman and Board of the ECMTA all possible success, and hope that they will continue to build on the strengths of the association.

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Autumn Gathering 2015 in Tartu, Estonia

P1070642ECMTA Autumn Gathering 2015 took place October 30 to November 1 at the Heino Eller School in Tartu, Estonia. The gathering was filled with seminars, workshops and concerts from Friday afternoon till Sunday. In addition to chamber music ensembles from music schools in Tartu and Tallinn, there were welcome student ensembles from participating ECMTA partners. As in previous gatherings and meetings ECMTA teachers and professors were invited to give master classes.

 

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Annual Meeting in Riga 2015

The ECMTA Annual Spring Meeting at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, April 10-13, 2015
The Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music hosted ECMTA's 2015 Annual spring meeting in conjunction with the International Student Chamber Music Festival of the Baltic Countries. The festival, founded in 1975, has in recent years often included ECMTA partnerships, and always represents a special opportunity for members to gain deeper understanding of chamber music education and performance in participating countries. The meeting featured Keynote speaker Francesca Zini, International consultant for the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, on recent developments in the organisation of chamber music competitions. Delegates also attended a panel of distinguished guest speakers on Latvian chamber music repertoire, pedagogy and performance, as well as the Members' Forum, masterclasses with student ensembles, Thematic work groups and the General Meeting.

Partner institutions for the festival included the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Chopin University of Music Warsaw, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Tchaikowsky Moscow State Conservatory, and European University of Cyprus. 31 professors attended from Italy, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and the United Kingdom. 14 Latvian student ensembles and ensembles from partner institutions played in masterclasses with 13 of the ECMTA delegates, and selected ensembles performed in three fantastic evening concerts. 
The next ECMTA meeting will be the Autumn Gathering in October at the Heino Eller School of Music in Tartu, Estonia.
Participation for ECMTA members was free.

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Autumn Gathering in Dublin, December 5-7, 2014

The  ECMTA Autumn Gathering was hosted by St Patrick's College and their Artist-in-residence ensemble the Fidelio Trio. The Gathering  coincided with the Fidelio Trio's 2nd Winter Chamber Music Festival. In addition to fabulous concerts, guest speakers provided insight into chamber music instruction and activities in Ireland. The meeting also featured the usual Members' Forum, masterclasses and thematic work groups.

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Annual meeting in Cremona, April 25-27, 2014

 The meeting was organized by the Quartetto di Cremona with the collaboration and patronage of the Museo del Violino, Walter Stauffer Academy, Comune di Cremona, Teatro Ponchielli and Camera di Commercio di Cremona. Students from the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali 'C. Monteverdi' in Cremona were also participating.  Events took place in the Museum, the Theatre, and the Chamber of Commerce, so the weekend was an exceptional opportunity to explore the cultural environment of this beautiful city.

Participation in the meeting was free for ECMTA members. Thanks to the generosity of our hosts, a visit to the brand new Museo del Violino, the buffet lunches, and coffee breaks were provided as well.  Hotel rooms at special prices were being held until February 5th.

Together We Are Stronger

The meeting featured a round-table bringing together representatives of our host partners to share ideas about how chamber music projects allow them to work together in fruitful and innovative ways. We were joined for a guest lecture by Alessandro Casarotti, CEO of Empleko and researcher in post-conflict analysis, who spoke about the role of music in cultural reconstruction. The meeting also included a Members' Forum, masterclasses, three concerts, follow-up meetings of the thematic work groups begun in Savonlinna, and the General Meeting.

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