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Report on the International Student Chamber Music in Tallinn

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The International Students' Chamber Music Festival 2012 took place at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre on May 4-6, 2012. The participants at the festival were Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Rostock University of Music and Drama, and the EAMT as the host.

The opening concert took place on May 4th at 19.00 in the Chamber hall of the EAMT, followed by concerts on May 5th at 19.00 and May 6th at 16.30. The repertoire of the festival was extremely versatile - from Beethoven and Schubert to the contemporary Estonian composers Kuldar Sink and Erkki-Sven Tüür. The main idea of the festival is to give the young musicians a possibility to show their talent in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where the key word is joy of playing together in an ensemble.

For me personally the highlights of this festival were the performances of the Piano Quartet from the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (with the performance of Taneev Piano Quartet op 20 (2nd movement) and the piano quartet of an interesting Latvian composer - Tālivaldis Ķeniņš (1919-2008), supervised by professor Jānis Maleckis, a violin and piano duo from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (with the performance of the Sonatina for violin & piano in A minor D. 385 by F. Schubert and the Sonata for Violin and Piano no1 in F minor op 80 by Prokofiev), supervised by prof Alexander Bonduryansky and, finally the AKME Quartet from Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, with Piano Quartet in G minor Op. 25 by Brahms), supervised by prof Anna Prabucka-Firlej.

The International Students' Chamber Music Festival dates back to 1966 national piano trio competition in Tõravere Observatory, as the initiative of the Students' Science Association. The competition has since developed into the chamber music festival of Baltic Academies of Music. The festival was held in Tallinn for the first time in 1975 and beside Baltic academies of music, students from the Moscow Gnessins' Musical Pedagogical Institute participated. Over the two decades the festival has taken place either in Tallinn, Riga or Vilnius. Soon after the Baltic States became independent in the early 90's the festival expanded beyond the geographical borders of the countries and took place in Helsinki (1993), Berlin (1995), Stockholm (1998) and Stuttgart (2009). Starting from 1995 master classes were included to the programme. The number of invited guests has grown - through the years the students and teachers from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Russia have participated. The students from Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian music academies have taken part in all the festivals.

Piret Väinmaa

from the Estonian Chamber Music Teachers Association "IN CORPORE",
Tallinn, Estonia