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The ECMTA Spring Meeting in Vilnius 17-19 April 2020

This year the ECMTA's annual Spring Meeting will take place at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre from April 17 to 19, 2020.
Information regarding the Pre-Conference Day in Kaunas on April 16 is attached. This year's programme includes keynote lectures by composer Mindaugas Urbaitis of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and David Waterman of the Endellion String Quartet. Their respective topics are Classical Music in Contemporary Chamber Works of Lithuanian Composers and the Bärenreiter Beethoven Quartet Edition. 

The Members Forum speeches will cover a wide range of themes pertaining to the practice, pedagogy and repertoire of chamber music. The conference will be held in tandem with the Annual Student Chamber Music Festival which will include performances of students from Portugal, Hungary and the Baltic States.

The ECMTA wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre for hosting our event and for its ongoing support.


Deadline for inscription is March 20, 2020



Kaunas Pre-Conference Program

Vilnius Spring Meeting inscription form

Vilnius Spring Meeting Program


David Waterman CV

Mindaugas Urbaitis CV


Merry Christmas 2019!

Dear members and friends of the ECMTA,

We wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

The Autumn Gathering of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association

The Autumn Gathering of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association took place on November 8-10, 2019 in Leiston Abbey in the United Kingdom. Special thanks to all who helped toward making this conference a success.
Participants came from the UK, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Columbia, Lithuania and Estonia. The conference provided attendees with a rich and varied programme.

This year's keynote addresses were made by three prominent musical thinkers: Simon Rowland-Jones - "Peters Urtext of Haydn Quartets", Andrew Watkinson - "40 Years Hard Labour - Life at the Quartet Coal Face" and Andrew Quartermain - "Creative Ensembles: Chamber Music Training Away from the Printed Page".

Four presentations were made to the Members' Forum. Natalia Sakkos' gave a lecture entitled "Spreading Estonian Music by means of the Earsense Catalogue"; Piret Väinmaa - "The ECMTA and Earsense: A Collaborative Chamber Music Community"; Gillian Tarlton- "London's Centre for Young Musicians: A Division of Guildhall. The Development of Chamber Music Skills as Part of a Full Musical Education Available to Children Aged 11 to 18"; Maila Laidna - "The Piano Duo Tradition in Estonia".

Master classes were given by professors Paulo Pacheco, Andrew Watkinson and Peter Esswood.
Concerts were given by students of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, who performed works by Debussy, Pärt and Menotti. Also duo Aleksandra Hałat-Marcin Hałat gave concert and their programme included works by R.Schumann and C.Schumann.

We would like to thank all participants of this year's conference and would like to express our deepest gratitude to Pro Corda, CEO Andrew Quartermain, and to Laura Feeney, Director of Schools and Outreach Programmes, who gave a keynote speech “chamber music’s pivotal relevance within autism and additional educational needs”.

We look forward to meeting you at next year's conference in Vilnius, which will take place on 17-19 April 2020.

In Memoriam

Our dear colleague and ECMTA member Michael Flaksman, has sadly passed away.

Michael Flaksman was a wonderful person whom we sadly lost. His warm spirit and generosity was a joy to all who knew him.

He made many great contributions to the European Chamber Music Teachers Association and helped it move forward in better ways.
His work as a chamber music teacher and performer is remarkable and will remain in our memory.

We have had the great honor and pleasure that Michael Flaxman was with us.The ECMTA family will remember him with admiration and respect!

SAVE THE DATES! ECMTA Autumn Gathering November 8-10 2019, Leiston Abbey, Suffolk, UK

In cooperation with: Pro Corda

The European Chamber Music Teachers Association´s Autumn Gathering takes place on 8-10 November 2019 in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk (United Kingdom). Our host and partner is Pro Corda

The delegates are invited to arrive in the evening of 8th of November, the activities will start in the morning of 9th of November.

The ECMTA is glad to welcome Simon Rowland-Jones (Royal College of Music, London); Andrew Watkinson (Guildhall School of Music & Drama, The Endellion String Quartet) and Andrew Quartermain (CEO and Artistic Director of Pro Corda) as guest lecturers. Their topics are: Simon Rowland-Jones - "Peters Urtext of Haydn quartets"; Andrew Watkinson - "40 Years Hard Labour - Life at the Quartet Coal Face" and Andrew Quartermain - "Creative Ensembles: Chamber Music Training Away from the Printed Page".

Detailed program with the Members Forum and masterclasses will be available soon on the website www.ecmta.eu

Inscription form and practical information: see www.ecmta.eu

Deadline for inscriptions: 13 October 2019

Email for registration: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leiston Abbey is a beautiful historic site dating from 1363, set in the Suffolk countryside only a short drive from the seaside towns of Aldeburgh and Southwold. The beautiful abbey ruins are incorporated into the buildings providing a stunning backdrop. Parts of the ruins were purchased in the 1970s by Pro Corda, the International Chamber Music Academy, a charity running music courses for children and adults.


Leiston Abbey programme

Inscription form

Practical information

Announcement in PDF


European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association´s Annual Spring Meeting at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal on 26-28 April 2019

The ECMTA Annual Spring Meeting in the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa was filled with seminars, workshops and concerts from Friday till Sunday. We were glad to welcome Fernando Cunha Fontes PhD, from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, expert of the Portuguese chamber music as invited speaker. As a guest speaker, Gábor Monostori (Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest) gave a speech about the history of chamber music teaching at the F. Liszt Academy. Members Forum and thematic speeches provided insights into the chamber music practice, pedagogy and repertoire. As with several previous meetings, the ECMTA was meeting in parallel with the Annual Festival of Student Chamber Ensembles – this year, there were concerts by ensembles from Portugal, Poland and the Baltic States. In addition to the concerts of the Festival, 24 student ensembles participated in the masterclasses given by ECMTA professors.

The ECMTA wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the host of the meeting - the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) for their tremendous support and cooperation.




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NB! Save the dates!

The next meeting of the European Chamber Music Teacher´s Association will take place in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk, UK on 9-10 November 2019!

Registration available soon at www.ecmta.eu

Read about our previous meetings at https://www.ecmta.eu/ecmta-events


STAMP – Shared Training Activities for Music Professionals - project was completed successfully

A consortium of 10 European partners including European Chamber Music Teachers´Association worked hard for 2 years to develop training in different fields of music. Now the trainings of the EMC STAMP project are all available! Check them out:

Summary STAMP

ECMTA - European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association

The mission of the Association is the non-profit promotion of chamber music activity and education in Europe. For this purpose the Association shall organize chamber music activities , for example, courses, educational events and conferences, as well as editing pedagogical materials and cooperating with music institutes. The Association shall make proposals and initiatives to enhance the position of chamber music activity.ECMTA recruites both institutional and private members. The Association organizes the administration and the registration and gives information of the activities organized in the future. The Association expresses its will to cooporate with other pedagogic associations and institutions like EPTA, ESTA; EVTA; AEC; European music academies and conservatoires.

European Chamber Music Teachers Association
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