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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

How to join ECMTA

Join us as an individual member, institutional member, ensemble member or contributing member! ECMTA is completely member-driven association and it's aim is networking and exchange of knowledge and experience. It connects chamber music teachers across Europe who share love and passion for chamber music and ensemble playing in general. If you look at the "ensemble" of board members you'll see that there are several countries represented -these are the most active in ECMTA: Finland, Ireland/Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, etc., of course there are more... Traditionally, there are two meetings in a year (in different countries) that contain masterclasses, concerts, members forum, General Assemblies, we invite guests as Keynote speakers, ensembles-in-residence who give concerts and workshops and traditionally we enjoy the cultural clustre of the host country of our meetings.Last meeting in Poland (My 2016) contained detailed insights into Polish yet undiscovered but valuable music, several presentations from Polish youth music training organizers, a presentation of Chopin Institute project "Chopin on historical pianos" and, of course guided tour to Chopin Museum in Warsaw.
And, of course, everyone is invited to join our concerts as listeners where students across Europe, usually students of our members-professors, are performing.
You are welcome to join our Facebook group "ECMTA members and friends"!

For new members

  • Return the Membership Form completed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pay the membership fee after receiving an invoice for payment. Bank: Nordea Bank AB Estonia EE621700017004017862

The invoices will be sent by the accounting service Leinonen Group/ Leinonen Estonia. NB! Please send all requests and questions regarding the invoices to the secretary of ECMTA:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual fees:

  • Individual Member: 80 euros
  • Chamber Ensemble (2-5 members): 120 euros
  • Institutional Member: 200 euros
  • Contributing member (non-teacher, non-musician, individual or institution): 70 euros minimum

An Individual Member receives one vote in the General Assembly, a Chamber Ensemble 2 votes, and an Institutional Member 3 votes. A Contributing Member may participate in all activities, but may not vote in the General Assembly. A Chamber Ensemble must have a legal administrative identity and confirmed pedagogical activity.

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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The ECMTA Autumn gathering


Dear all,

Our premiere online General Assembly meeting was organised on September 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, 2020 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