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The ECMTA Autumn gathering


Dear all,

Our premiere online General Assembly meeting was organised on Sunday 6 and I would like to thank all of you who could join us!

I would like to invite you to the online ECMTA Autumn meeting on Saturday October 24 from 10:00 - 13.00 CET.

Please find the link for joining the meeting here:
Password: 151515

Agenda for the meeting:
- Official Welcome
- Keynote speakers: Emlyn Stam (the New European Ensemble) "In Search of a Lost Language: Performing in Early-Recorded Style in String Quartet Repertoires"

Graham Oppenheimer (Chetham's School of Music) "Running an educational chamber music programme remotely"

Mindaugas Urbaitis (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) "Classical music in contemporary chamber works of Lithuanian composers"

- Members' Forum: Presentations by Evan Rothstein “Chamber music activities under covid at the Guildhall School” and Michael Tsalka “Beethoven's Works for Mandolin and Fortepiano. A new recording for Naxos, by Alon Sariel and Michael Tsalka”
- the ECMTA Spring Meeting April 16-18, 2021 in Vilnius
- the ECMTA Autumn Gathering in Torino 2021
- Short announcement on Website
- Q&A

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 October 20.

We would like to give you the opportunity to participate in the preliminary events of the meeting: Please find the link to a concert of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür's music below, which took place in Estonian Theatre and Music Academy

The Guildhall Chamber Orchestra presents a truly delightful programme on Friday evening, conducted by a remarkable rising star.

You can watch free online!


I sincerely hope that many of you will be able to join us for the ECMTA autumn online gathering!

Looking forward to meeting you online,

With kind regards,
Maila Laidna

Invitation to the General Assembly meeting

Dear members of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association,

On behalf of the ECMTA chairman Marje Lohuaru, I have the pleasure to invite you to the 2020 General Assembly Meeting of members of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association that will take place on 6 September 2020, at 11.00-14.00 CET, online, via Zoom.

Please find the link to join the meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/96293836788?pwd=b0o4YTlFM1JDUGszL1JmU3I4UXBDUT09
Password: 191919

Please find attached a draft agenda for this year's General Assembly meeting and I have also uploaded the ECMTA annual and auditor reports.

 Wishing you all a nice summer!


Kind regards,

Maila Laidna

Secretary of the ECMTA

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the ECMTA annual report

the ECMTA statement of the auditor

Agenda of the General Assembly meeting



Survey on distance learning!

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.

Please send the filled-in survey before April 20 to the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Survey on distance learning




Maila Laidna

Secretary of the ECMTA



The ECMTA Newsletter

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:

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If you would like to write a longer article, then it will be published on the webpage www.ecmta.eu. Please send the longer article to the mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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!

Maila Laidna
Secretary of the ECMTA

Emergency message!!

Emergency message!

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,

Marje Lohuaru

Chairwoman of ECMTA

The ECMTA Spring Meeting in Vilnius 17-19 April 2020 IS CANCELLED!

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


Vilnius Spring Meeting Inscription form

Kaunas Pre-Conference Program

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

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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