I hope you and your families are safe and healthy!
Due to the current global COVID-19 crisis, virtual education has become an important substitute to the classroom. Distance-learning can be challenging and thereby we would like to hear about your opinions and possible experiences in chamber-music teaching using online platforms. We would be very grateful if you could share your experiences in the attached online survey. Your shared experiences and knowledge are very important and valuable for everyone interested in this subject.
Secretary of the ECMTA
Dear members of the ECMTA,
On behalf of the ECMTA, I would like to invite all the members to participate in the creation of the ECMTA Newsletter! It will be published three times per year.
All members of the ECMTA are very welcome to write the articles to the Newsletter. The content of the article is free of choice - something that relates directly to the interesting topics or events that you care about.
Each article should be around 150-200 words. In this way is possible to keep Newsletter content simple and straightforward.
Please be kind to use as many illustrative photos as needed, they should be sent in the JPG or PNG format.
Please send articles and photos that you wish to publish in the Newsletter to Paulo Pacheco or Katariina Liimatainen.
Their addresses are:
The deadline for sending articles is May 4.
I am looking forward to our cooperation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!
All the best wishes for you and I hope you and your families will stay safe and healthy!
Secretary of the ECMTA
Save the dates!!!
We are very glad to announce, that the ECMTA annual Autumn Gathering will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania from October 23-25, 2020. This year's programme includes keynote lecture by David Waterman of the Endellion String Quartet.
The ECMTA wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre for hosting our event!
The exact program to be confirmed soon. Please follow the announcements from the ECMTA website.
Dear ECMTA Members!
Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, the ECMTA conference in Vilnius has been cancelled. The time and place of the next conference will be announced as soon as possible. We will be updating our website as the situation unfolds.
I wish you an optimistic outlook on the future and the strength of this in an unprecedented situation.
Please follow the announcements on the ECMTA website and on Facebook.
With all best wishes,
Chairwoman of ECMTA
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
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 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.
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!
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
Deadline for inscriptions: 13 October 2019
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.
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.
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