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IMPORTANT: The ECMTA Autumn gathering!!


Dear members of the ECMTA,

I am very sorry to announce that due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus and the exceptional measures taken to contain the outbreak, the ECMTA Autumn Meeting and Masterclasses in Vilnius will not take place on October 8-10, 2021.

The ECMTA Autumn Gathering will be held on October 9, via Zoom. The exact timetable TBA.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused!

Best wishes for all of you in this unique situation and may good health prevail!

Yours sincerely,
Maila Laidna
Secretary of the ECMTA


In Memoriam

In Memorian

It is with our deepest regret that we announce the death of our Honorary Patron and Iconic member Professor Olga Prats. The ECMTA family had the great honour to have met Professor Olga Prats in 2019 during the ECMTA Spring Conference in Lisbon.
She will be remembered for her passion for teaching and her steadfast dedication to the art of chamber music.

I “Filippo Nicosia” Chamber Music Award


Dear members of the ECMTA,

Please find attached information about I “Filippo Nicosia” Chamber Music Award:


I “Filippo Nicosia” Chamber Music Award


Kind regards,

Maila Laidna 

Secretary of the ECMTA

The Tallinn 2021 International Piano Chamber Music Competition!

The Tallinn 2021 International Piano Chamber Music Competition!

The “Tallinn 2021” International Piano Chamber Music Competition will take place at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre from September 9-12, 2021. The competition will be jointly organised by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and MTÜ In Corpore.

The International Chamber Music Competition aims to develop the tradition of professional ensemble playing and to enable young musicians to participate in international events. Works by Estonian composers will be recommended to the competitors, offering the possibility to introduce our chamber music to wider audiences. A special prize will be awarded for the best performance of an Estonian work. Given that there is a need for high-level ensemble competitions in both the Baltic and Nordic countries, this new entry will have the potential of becoming an important musical event in the region.

The competition is open in two categories for chamber ensembles that include piano: 1) duos; 2) trios, quartets, quintets. The competition will take place in two rounds. Eligible participants will be selected during a preliminary round based on recordings. The age limit for ensemble members is 33 years at the time of the competition.

The conditions of the competition are available at https://eamt.ee/chambercompetition/

Additional information:
Marje Lohuaru
Professor of Chamber Music
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
+372 50 11477
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I International Piano Chamber music Competition “Tallinn 2021”

Main Prizes

I Duo Sonoro (Ukraine)
II Duo Yamagami – Mészáros (Hungary)
III Duo Liidia Ilves – Gloria Ilves (Estonia)

I Trio ‘95 (Estonia)
II Trio Paddington (Great Britain)
III Meta Piano Trio (Lithuania)

Special Prizes by the Jury

Prize of the Estonian Authors’ Society for the best interpretation of the work by an Estonian composer (1000€): Trio Paddington
For the interpretation J. Widmann’s „Fünf Bruchstücke“ (500€): Duo Althea
For performing unusual repertoire (500€): Quinta Chorda
For the best interpretation of E. Tubin’s Sonata (200€): Imeline Duo
For the interpretation of J. Adams’ „Road Movies“ (200€): Duo Lit


The ECMTA Newsletter

Dear members of the ECMTA,


Please find below the ECMTA Newsletter Nr 2021-1:




Maila Laidna

Secretary of the ECMTA


forthcoming Xenia Chamber Music Course!!

Dear all,

Please find attached information about forthcoming Xenia Chamber Music Course:

Xenia Chamber Music Course 2021



Maila Laidna



Dear members of the ECMTA,

Hope you are doing well!

I would kindly like to invite you to participate in the survey that was proposed by our member Mr. Graham Oppenheimer.
It would be very helpful to find out if colleagues are currently teaching in the following ways:

1. Teaching live groups in institutions and with performances for audiences.
2. Teaching live groups but with no concert possibilities, perhaps presenting online feeds.
3. Students are all at home and group lessons are online (teacher and students separate).
4. No chamber music teaching of any kind.

It would also be most helpful for further comments/elaborations with your answers! (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

It would also be interesting to know how many chamber music students you are involved with teaching or organising programmes for.

I would be most grateful if you could answer the following questions by March 5.

All best wishes,
Maila Laidna

Upcoming events!

Dear members,


 I would like to share some information about two upcoming events:

  •  International Joint Master's Program ECMAster:




  • 5th International Young Musicians Chamber Ensemble Competition SPRING SONATA 2021

Please find attached competition regulations, poster and application form!


Application form



Poster 2


  • Please find here the Savonlinnan Music Academy next summer 2021 masterclass information:

Summer Master Classes


King regards

Maila Laidna

Secretary of the ECMTA

The ECMTA Zoom Lounge

Dear members,

With this email I am very happy to invite you to the ECMTA Lounge on Sunday February 7 from 11.00 - 13.00 CET.

Please find the link for joining the meeting here:


Password: ecmta

Agenda for the meeting:

Presentation by Roeland Jagers (principal violist in the North Netherlands Orchestra, faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy and founder of the Rubens Quartet)
The ECMTA Spring Gathering in Vilnius April 16-18, 2021
Newsletter development (articles by Emlyn Stam, Graham Oppenheimer, Roeland Jagers)
Members' Forum
Short announcement on Website

I would appreciate it if all interested in making a short presentation of around 10 minutes in the Members' Forum could let me know the topic of your presentation by February 5.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

All best wishes

Maila Laidna

Secretary of the ECMTA



NB! Please find attached presentation by Roeland Jagers:

Signs Games Messages by Roeland Jagers

Merry Christmas!

Dear members and friends of the ECMTA,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and looking forward to continued collaboration and success for the new year!

Thank you for your continued support for our association! Looking forward to new shares endeavors in the coming year.



Marje Lohuaru
Chairman of the ECMTA

Maila Laidna
Secretary of the ECMTA