A Report from Project manager Gunta Melbarde
The Foundation We play music with friends (Rīga, Latvia), in co-operation with Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st music school, organised a 3-day Winter masterclasses for chamber ensemble teachers January 7-9, 2011. Invited to lead master classes were: Professors Petras Kunca (violinist, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Department of chamber music), and Alexander Kulikov (violinist, Kungsvägen Music Institute in Espoo, Finland), Juta Bērziņa (cellist, P. Jurjāns music school in Riga), and Inga Grīnvalde (flutist, Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st music school). 46 teachers from Latvia and Lithuania attended, as well as ECMTA Chairman Evan Rothstein, and 17 participating student ensembles came from all around the country. ECMTA is proud to be an official partner of the “We Play Music With Friends” Winter Masterclasses.
“Winter master classes - 2011 for chamber music teachers” was held at the Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st Music school, 7th to 9th January, 2011. The event was opened by Professor Gunta Sproģe (pianist, Chair of department of chamber music and piano accompaniment of Jaz. Vitols Latvian Academy of Music). This year's master classes led by teachers were violinist Petras Kunca (professor of Lithuanian Music and Theatre Arts Academy, Vilnius), violinist Alexander Kulikov (lector of Kungsvagen Music Institute , Espoo, Finland), cellist Juta Berzins (teacher of Pāvuls Jurjāns Music school, Riga, Latvia), and flutist Inga Grīnvalde (teacher of Jāz. Medins Riga 1st Music school, Latvia).
46 teachers from both the Latvian and Lithuanian music training institutions, participated and received certificates, as well as the ECMTA Chairman Evan Rothstein from Paris, who had a keen interest in our master classes and had decided to audit the courses. The four master classe teachers were also awarded certificates of workshop management. In total, the program consisted of four theoretical lectures, four open master classes, as well as 20 workshops with the ensemble that had been planned as individual master classes. But the interests of members turned out to be so great that it turned out well for the open hours.
The organizers had, as usual, carefully planned additional educational activities for teachers. This year’s session included attending a performance of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the beautiful state theater. Another exciting event was a concert of master class leaders at the end of the second day, in the Jaz. Medins Riga 1st music sckools new, beautiful large hall. This concert gave the opportunity to go beyond only listening to the masterclass leaders’ advice in workshops, but also to hear and see them enthusiastically playing ; it was like a kind of a practice session continued. It will remain for both the children and teachers as an inspiring experience.
At the end of the final concert the following day there was a presentation of the CD with the compulsory pieces of IX International festival – competition for young performers "We play music with friends". The recording was made in November, Jaz. Medins Riga 1st music school with the participation of students and teachers of the school.
30 students - 17 chamber ensembles of young performers – participated in the masterclasses. The children then performed at the Thanksgiving concert on January 9, which at the same time was also a tribute to our supporters and well-wisher. The Foundation “We play music with friends" organized all aspect of the session for teachers and young musicians – including coffee and tea breaks with sandwiches, biscuits, fruit - which made for a very intensive, but very pleasant, three-days of work.
To conclude the weekend, there was the traditionally large pretzels and refreshment table. Teachers will all received notebooks with the details of the course, the main points of the lectures, the concert programs for children and their chamber repertoire. Were able to obtain information on children's chamber festivals in other countries, to exchange sheet music, and books on the table to buy new music.