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

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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

Information:
http://www.ipmc-lt.com/

20th Xenia Chamber Music Course

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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 

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Stefan Metz, Isabelle, Elizabeth, Eilis

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Xenia Course group with four ECMTA members

 

FILIPPO FAES MASTERCLASS FOR CHAMBER MUSIC, PIANO AND LIED 12 – 17 AUGUST 2017

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

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

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

SOLO PIANO:
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

CLASSIC AKADEMIE GERMANY

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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

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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

 

Congratulations!

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: 

ECMTA LOGO

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

Board of the ECMTA

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

Chairman:

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

Vice Chairman:

  • Katariina Liimatainen, Kuopio Concervatory, Finland

Members:

  • 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

A most interesting international master class and a chamber music competition with good prizes

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Delta Trio Finale Orlando Concours 2015 fotograaf Ton van der Mark 8The Orlando Competition - an international chamber music competition - for ensembles from 3 to 6 musicians (piano trios and string quartets excluded) will take place from August 11 to 13, 2016 in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

Chamber music and the development of a musician

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It is impossible to overestimate the utility of studying chamber music in the shaping of a young musician. Ensemble playing improves practice techniques, performance skills and many other skills and characteristics essential for musicians. It is much easier to explore different approaches – by trial and error if need be – in a group than if working on one’s own. And although practicing parts and making music together takes a lot of time, exactly the same issues may be encountered in chamber music as in solo repertoire. For instance, the piano parts in the piano trios of Schubert or Beethoven are scarcely any simpler or less challenging to learn than the solo piano works of the same composers.

Aspects of assessing chamber music

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One can say that chamber music coaching is very similar to teaching a solo instrument. They both involve listening to the same things: intonation, rhythm, sound production on the instrument, fingerings, bowings, and so on.

Even the very concept of chamber music is not so different from solo works or orchestral works. Considered from a broad point of view, everything is chamber music, from the solo pieces of Bach to the huge symphonies of Mahler.

But assessing a chamber music performance is very different from assessing a solo performance. One should not assess only the performance generally but also how the members of the ensemble handle their respective roles in the ensemble. This places particular demands on the person doing the assessing, as one has to understand the psychology of chamber music and the dynamics of different ensembles, and also the roles of members in a group.

Ecmta member Quartetto di Cremona is doing pioneering work for the chamber music

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Playing all Beethoven String Quartets in a concerts serie and/or making a recording from them is surely one of the main dreams of all seriously working quartets. Those works, that include all the richness of human mind, are often found as ”Quartets ofThe Quartets” or ”most profound group of pieces in Western music”. They are technically and musically most demanding and use all the possibilities of the ensemble in an amazing way.

ECMTA Cremona 3657Because of the status and importance of these works, most of the very best string quartets have realized these dreams- and very often in a marvellous way. Surely most chamber music enthusiasts know the Beethoven recordings of the greatest quartets of our time. The new ones, who will record them again, have to have especially much courage and individual perspectives to these masterworks when beginning the project.

International Youth Chamber Music Festival IN CORPORE Tallinn, Estonia

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in-corporeIn Corpore is an international music festival dedicated to ensemble playing that takes place every year in Tallinn, Estonia. The participants - young performers aged 15-20 - come mainly from countries close to Estonia: from Baltic states and Finland. From the first festival in 2008 it has grown to an international event highly appreciated among the young professionals in our region. The festival is founded and organized by Tallinn Music High School and Estonian Chamber Music Teachers Association "In Corpore".

Homepit(ch) chambermusic competition for amateurs in Augsburg, Germany, at 22.- 25.5.2014.

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Augsburg2-prev* * * Unfortunately this competition is cancelled from this Spring. It will be held later! * * *

Do you love to play music together instead of just listening to the stars of the classic world? Do you enjoy meeting other musicians and work on new pieces as an ensemble? Would you like to playfully present your skills and talk to others who enjoy the same? Then you can look forward to a unique weekend (May 22 to 25, 2014) in Augsburg.

The German Mozart Society invites non-professional chamber music ensembles to meet their enthusiastic and tolerant competition jury as well as the encourageing audience of the city of Augsburg. In this competititon the fun of making music together and meet people with the same interests will most certainly be more important to everybody than winning a prize.

This house concert competition for amateurs is promoted by the German Mozart Society and it will be organized in cooperation with European Mozart Ways and the Leopold Mozart Centre of the University of Augsburg. Home pit(ch)- competition will be a part of the 63rd German Mozart Festival, which takes place in Augsburg from May 17 to May 25, 2014.

Parallel 60 and Krasnodar Camerata – two interesting festivals in Russia

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Parallel 60 in Surgut

surgut2-previewIn October 2013, I had the opportunity to visit two extraordinary festivals in Russia. I describe them as extraordinary because of their location: the first was Parallel 60 in Surgut, Siberia; the other, immediately after the ECMTA Autumn Meeting, was Krasnodar Camerata in southern Russia.

Surgut is a fast growing city on the Ob River in western Siberia right in the middle of the largest oil fields in Russia. Most of its inhabitants earn their living from the oil industry. The city is not really very attractive, having been built in a haphazard way with no overall plan. Also, most of the individual houses, especially in the suburbs, are not what one might call beautiful. But the city as a whole has personality and is enjoyable, and the local residents seem to be happy and proud of their home city.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces new chamber music appointments and the opening of the Milton Court concert hall

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GSMD kicks off a new term with the addition of its wonderful, new state of the art concert hall Milton Court. Apart from the numerous opportunities for our student groups to experience performing and rehearsing in a beautiful 650 seater concert hall, we also will have a luxury space to offer our starry array of visiting chamber performers and coaches. The coming term sees the return of our regular visiting quartets, Endellion and Belcea, along with the first visit of Ralf Gothoni as our new International Chair in Keyboard Chamber Music and the appoibtment of Carole Presland as Senior Tutor in Keyboard Chamber Music. To inaugurate the chamber credentials of Milton Court, our Head of Srtings Louise Hopkins will be joining colleagues Thomas Ades, Anthony Marwood and Matthew Hunt for a spectacular recital based around some of the key chamber compositions of Ades.

http://www.gsmd.ac.uk

Summer workshops - 2013 in Dobele (Latvia)

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Gunta Melbārde, 28.08.2013

Dobele-2013-1-previewThe latest event that had been fostered for a long time in the framework of Foundation "We Play Music with friends" activities were the first Summer workshops - 2013 for young chamber musicians. The event took place from August 19 to 25, near Dobele, in a lovely 3-storey rural guest house "Ausātas". Surrounded by a quiet forest, on the shore of a small lake, far from the city crowds and noise... Conditions both for living and playing music were close to ideal. This summer camp was attended by 36 young chamber musicians (including the chamber orchestra Armonico) and 8 teachers: Professor Petras Kunca from Lithuania and 7 teachers from Latvia. Intensive music lessons were held the whole week. The sunny weather really made us glad. When it was too hot for the orchestra to rehearse in the hall, they continued playing music on the 2nd floor terrace, close to the nature with great views of the lovely surroundings. The orchestral group work led by violinist Dace Upatniece and cellist Reinis Melbārdis was also held both indoors and outdoors.