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Newsletter 4 from the “We Play Music With Friends” Foundation in Riga is now online in Latvian, Russian, and English

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 Articles include the complete text of Gunta Melbarde’s conference at the ECMTA annual meeting in Rome, as well as articles by Hans Erik Deckart, Gunta Sproge, Alexander Kulikov, and Anneli Kuusk.



  • Practical Advice After a Chamber Ensemble Competition
  • Professor Gunta Sproge, Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music,
  • Head of chamber ensemble and piano accompaniment department


  • Chamber Music as Training in Musical Teamwork
  • Professor Hans Erik Deckert, Hamburg/Germany and Copenhagen/Denmark


  • Chamber music for young musicians
  • Anneli Kuusk, teacher of Heino Eller Music School in Tartu/Estonia


  • About romanticism. Piano trio op. 49 d-moll by F. Mendelssohn
  • Alexander Kulikov, teacher of Musical Institute Kungsvegen in Espoo/Finland


  • Teaching musicians to teach chamber music
  • Gunta Melbarde, teacher of Jazeps Medi_š Riga 1st Music School


  • Festivals, Contests, New Music for the Chamber

Orlando Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary and founder Stefan Metz announces he will be stepping down as Artistic Director

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Summer String Academy of the University of Indiana Jacobs School of Music

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  • For Violinists Violists and Cellists aged 12-18.

June 18 - July 16, 2011

Intensive training in chamber music: two hours chamber music practice 4 days a week, two one hour lessons and one performance masterclass per week

Solo repertoire: 4 1/2 hours individual practicing every day, two one hour lessons and one performance masterclass each week. Supervision from teaching assistants, regular staff pianists for all sonata and concerto repertoire.

Evening masterclasses with guest artists, Concerts of the Summer Festival with world-famous performers.

II International Youth Festival of Arts «Vmeste – Together!» 10 - 12 November 2011 in Petrazovodsk

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Competition for Piano Performers/Groups of Teachers within the framework of the X Regional Open Festival of Chamber Music “Let us fill our hearts with music!”

The IV International Scientific & Practical Conference was held 25 - 26 March 2011 in Petrozavodsk

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«…Childhood and youth is a period in life,

when human being’s future is designed

it is a time when everyone tries something,

opens something new for him/herself

experiments and is afraid of nothing”

D. A. Medvedev


(from RF President address to Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation)


The Children School of Arts (Petrozavodsk) organized the IV International Scientific & Practical Conference “Development of creative potential of the child’s personality. Pedagogical achievements, opportunities and development perspectives. Children & Youth Theatre”.

The first Republican conference about game technologies in creative development was held in 2001 at the Children School of Arts. Participants of the second conference discussed the issue of use of different methods of Art Pedagogy in 2004. In 2007 the holders of the third conference, t.i. Children School of Arts and Center of Informational technologies (Karelia State Pedagogical University) proposed to participants to discuss a very topical subject – Use of informative & communicative technologies in pedagogical activities to develop children’s creativeness.

From our friends in the Quartetto Hermes...

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...their first International Festival of String Quartets, in Sicily.

Take a look at the flyer >>

From our friends in the Quartetto Prometeo

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14th International Chamber Music Course for Young String Players
27th July-7th August 2011 - Pra Catinat, Torino (Italy)

  • Special guest: Rohan de Saram
  • Honorary President: Dr. Hugh Maguire

The course programme consists of four daily classes two quartet sessions, one mixed group (trio/quintet/octet) and a chamber orchestra session. Every student plays in three different groups, each one coached by a different member of the teaching staff. Specific programmes are devised for established quartets (trios/quintets) who wish attend the course. At the end of the two weeks, all students will participate in both Passeggiata musicale at the San Carlo Fortress of Fenestrelle and in the Final Concert.

FIAPMSE AKADEMIE SPAIN 2011, open inscriptions

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  • Mariana Sirbu, Violin
  • Massimo Paris, Viola
  • Mihai Dancila, Chelo
  • Concerto Malaga, resident orchestra

For detailed information:

A report of chamber music activities in at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

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LMTA-Main-building-previewLithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre was established 78 years ago. There are over 900 students studying and some 450 professors working at two Faculties: Music and Theater.

There are 530 students studying and 230 professors working in Music Faculty.

I will shortly introduce you to the activity of our department of the last two years.

Savonlinna Music Academy MASTER CLASSES Summer 2011

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More information and application forms:

  • Master Class for Opera I June 27 - July 5
    Kammersänger Tom Krause (Escuela Superior de Musica, Madrid, Spain)
  • Master Class for Opera II July 6 - July 10
    Professor Barbara Bonney (Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria)
  • Master Class for Violin July 12 - July 22
    Professor Mi-kyung Lee (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Germany)
  • Master Class for Cello July 14 - July 16
    Professor Erkki Rautio (Sibelius Academy, Finland)
  • Master Class for Viola (& Chamber Music) July 17 - July 26
    Professor Diemut Poppen (Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany)
  • Chamber Music Master Class (& Violin) July 19 - July 27
    Mark Gothoni (Orpheus Quartet, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany)
  • German Lied Master Class July 22 - July 27
    Professor Hartmut Höll (Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany)

About Sibelius’ early chamber music, from Pekka Helasvuo (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki)

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 Practically all of Jean Sibelius’ early chamber music is now available on CD (the Sibelius Edition volumes 2 and 9 on BIS-records). On the records are some fragments, sketches and pieces of little interest for people besides those working with musicological activities. However, in the Critical Edition of Jean Sibelius' Works published by Breitkopf & Härtel, no volumes of chamber music have yet been published, and the whole project is expected to last still many years. The most important and interesting chamber works among those composed mainly between 1888 and 1890 are the Quartets in B flat Major op. 4 (1889–90) and my favorite: A-minor JS 183 (1889) [both published by Edition Fazer/Warner bros. Company]. A very fine work is the Piano Quintet JS 159 in G-Minor (1890) [Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen]. Edition Fazer/Warner has published also the String Quartet E flat Major (1885), two String Trios, A-Major (1889) and G-Minor (1893–94) plus a Piano Quartet in C-Minor (1891). The composer seems to have been rather productive on the field of chamber music at that time.

The style in Sibelius' early chamber music differs quite a lot from his later music. There are still very personal features which were not quite common at that time, especially in his treatment of harmony and form. 

The works published by Edition Fazer/Warner bros. Company are today available from:

Fennica Gehrman,

PO Box 158, FIN 00121 Helsinki Finland

e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Festival Musiq'3

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Festival Musiq'3/Coup de jeune: A new branch of the Festival de Wallonie will be launched July 1-3 at the Flagey in Brussels combining students and professionals in an innovative, multidisciplinary, intergenerational concept.

Benoit Debuyst, Director of Communications for the Festival de Wallonie, and round table participant at the Rome meeting, is pleased to announce the creation of a new festival in Brussels which combines students from the Brussels Conservatory and both national and international professional musicians. A collaboration between Musiq3, the Festival de Wallonie, the Royal Brussels Conservatory, and numerous other partners, the festival features both indoor and outdoor events, mixes soundpainting, flashmobs, and workshops with family workshops and cinema, investing every available space of the Flagey. More than 30 concerts, over a hundred musicians, a large group of chamber ensembles in residence, and a special tribute to Liszt for his 200th birthday.

More details:

Tickets and reservation:

International Chamber Music Festival Viana, August 1st – 14th.

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Artistic director Jano Lisboa, has announced the creation of a new festival/academy for chamber music in Viana for highly qualified young chamber musicians. Accepted ensembles and musicians attend the academy entirely free of charge, and benefit from coachings and performances with resident artists (Kuss Quartet, Endellion Quartet, and Peter Donahoe). Mr. Lisboa was member of the Quatuor Benaïm during 2007-08, with whom he toured through Europe, Japan and Israel. He is now a member of the Münchener Kammerorchester.

The academy is open to string players, pianists, string quartets and trios, piano quartets and trios by live audition or audition tape. Live auditions will take place in March in a number of European cities. The January deadline has been extended to February 28. Information can be obtained for highly qualified candidates. Contact immediately: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

London Young String Quartet Weekend in Manchester

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Friday 4 March, am - Sunday 6 March, 2011

Chetham's School of Music, Manchester (UK)

Presented by the London String Quartet Foundation and Chetham's School of Music. A weekend of workshops, classes and performances for twelve young quartets from all over the UK, who will be working with Pavel Fischer, Johannes Meissl, Mark Messenger, Christoph Richter, Raphael Todes, Nicholas Jones, Graham Oppenheimer, Stephen Threlfall and the Carducci String Quartet.

If you are a string quartet enthusiast and want to find out how to take part, contact the Ruth Wheal, General Manager at LSQF on 01708 761423 or 0207 258 8244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Performances are free to attend. No booking required. All events are open to the public. For further information, contact the Outreach Administrator on 0161 839 6548.

Chamber Studio at Kings Place

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ChamberStudio is putting on a Showcase Concert featuring three of the UK's outstanding new-generation chamber groups.
The concert is at Kings Place in Hall 1 on Sunday 22 May at 6.30pm.
Cavaleri Quartet Beethoven String Quartet Op 59 No 2 Lawson Trio Ravel Piano Trio Wu Quartet Dvorak String Quartet Op 106

Tickets are £9.50 from the Kings Place box office (tel: 020  7520 1490) and online at Please see the pdf flyer for further information.

Three remaining dates for masterclasses at Kings Place before ChamberStudio takes a break for the summer:

  • 1 May (Martin Lovett and Richard Ireland)
  • 8 May (Alasdair Tait and Susan Tomes)
  • 15 May (Christoph Richter and Richard Ireland) 

The new season at ChamberStudio starts on 2 October.