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

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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.


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The Xenia Chamber Music Course 2019

The Xenia Chamber Music Course , international chamber music course for young string players, was set up by the Ensemble Xenia Association in 1998 and takes place every summer for 12 days in Pracatinat (Fenestrelle), in the beautiful Piedmontese Alps near Turin , Italy (
In the last 7 years the Association has also organised courses of 3/4 days during the school year for young string students, first of all to stimulate the love and knowledge of chamber music for strings and secondly to maintain contact with students from all over Italy who attended their summer course in Pracatinat.
These "mini-courses", held by Elizabeth Wilson and Eilis Cranitch, renowned musicians,teachers and founders of the Xenia Chamber Music Course, have taken place in Portugal, in Turin and for the last four years in Palermo, Sicily.

In February 2019 a mini-course will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, J.Naujalis International Chamber Music Course ”, together with other ECMTA members Ilona Klusaite and the Kaunas Juozas Naujalis Music Gymnasium.

The Xenia Chamber Music Course, sees two new "pilot proposals" to be held throughout 2018-2019 in Turin, Italy:

1) Advanced course for String Quartet
A specialized course consisting of 8 meetings with Professor Adrian Pinzaru, violinist and expert in string quartet playing and coaching. Each meeting comprises master classes and a lecture given by an international guest artist and/or musicologist who will address a specific topic of interest for the students. The course runs from November 2018 to June 2019 and sees two selected quartets taking part.
At the end of the course the two quartets will perform in a special concert to be held in a prestigious hall in Turin

2) Chamber Music course for young students
A chamber music course for string players with at least two year’s experience and aged 10 and upwards ! The course is designed as an introduction to ensemble music for strings, to encourage dialogue and collaboration through music.
The course takes place two Saturday afternoons each month, starting on January 12th until end of May
The course is held by Prof. Eilis Cranitch, violinist and expert on chamber music for young string players.

The annual Xenia Chamber Music Course will take place this summer in Pracatinat from July 25th to August 4th 2019.

Please see for full details.

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

The Guildhall School´s Chamber Music Festival Friday 6 - Sunday 8 July 2018

The Guildhall School’s new Chamber Music Festival features showcase performances from some of the School’s most accomplished chamber groups and collaborations with renowned performers from the chamber music faculty.

Friday 6 July

Opening Concert featuring Endellion String Quartet and Guildhall musicians, 7.30pm

Saturday 7 July

Hidden Gems of the Chamber Music Repertoire, 8pm

Sunday 8 July

Wind Chamber Music Masterclass with Ian Wilson & Joy Farrall, 10am
Strings & Keyboard Chamber Music Masterclass with Matthew Jones & Carole Presland, 10am
Brahms: Piano & Strings, 12pm
Workshop with Jacqueline Ross - Brahms, Joachim, and "cantabile", 1.30pm
Mendelssohn String Quartets, 3pm
Wind, Brass & Percussion Chamber Concert, 3pm
Chamber Music Masterclass from David Waterman, Cellist of the Endellion String Quartet, 5pm
Classic Chamber Works, 7.30pm

Guildhall School





“MUSICA VITALE” is gaining momentum

Text by Petras Kunca

The 4th International Music Competition “With Music through Europe” took place on 30th May – 3rd June 2018 in Vilnius. It was organized by the institutional member of ECMTA, a cultural association MUSICA VITALE at the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences and the Vilnius J. Tallat - Kelpša Conservatoire. The Competition involved 134 participants, among which were 21 chamber ensembles, 26 vocalists and 50 pianists-soloists from USA, Latvia, Poland, Belorussia, Russia, China, Czechia, Italy, Taiwan and Lithuania. The three different juries evaluated the performance of participants.
The abundance of the participants showed increased interest in the competition. I know this competition from very beginning and in my opinion it has become a small miracle. It was the only competition in Lithuania where the winners had the opportunity to perform in Lithuania and Italy. Today, this geography has expanded to several positions in Germany. The artistic level has risen sharply, the funding has improved as well. MUSICA VITALE really showed its vitality.
Another thing worth emphasizing is constantly expanding connection of this competition with European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association. As the chairwoman of ECMTA, Professor of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Marje Lohuaru said in the last meeting in Warsaw, the Association encourages international contacts between teachers and students, and strengthens the significance of chamber music and music art in a cultural society overall. Now in this event in Vilnius for several days we met the representatives of ECMTA as well. Professor of Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London Dr. Evan Rothstein, Professor of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre Dalia Balsytė, the organizer of this competition, the Artistic director of MUSICA VITALE Nijolė Darotėja Beniušytė, they formed half of the chamber music jury members. The Professors of S. Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdansk Anna Prabucka-Firley, Krzysztof Sperski and Pavel Kuklinski, the teacher of J. Naujalis Music Gymnasium in Kaunas Daiva Stulgytė-Povilaitienė, the director of MUSICA VITALE Nijolė Karaškaitė working shoulder to shoulder with all colleagues, have achieved excellent results in the competition. The performance of students from Gdansk was particularly successful: the two piano trios, prepared by our colleague A. Prabucka-Firlej, returned to homeland awarded with Absolute Winner prizes and a pianist of the trio, a real wunderkind Kacper Kuklinski won the Grand Prix in piano solo category as well. It would be nice to see even more ECMTA friends in the next competition “With Music through Europe”.
I would like to congratulate, to thank all participants with decision to take part and show their artistic abilities in this competition and to wish a prosperous artistic career in the future.
For those who would like to know more about conditions and participants, about jury members and about results of competition I invite to take a look the following addresses on the Internet:;;
When you open the page, below the Competition schedule you can find following notes in the fine print:
“Participants of competition”
“Konkurso rezultatai” (The results of Competition)
“Vertinimo komisija” (The Jury)
“Regulations 2018”

International Chamber Ensemble Workshop dedicated to the 100th anniversary of T.A. Gaidamovich

Dear teachers and students of higher and secondary special educational institutions, children's music schools!

October 5-7, 2018 the Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatoire will hold the International Chamber Ensemble Workshop dedicated to the 100th anniversary of T.A. Gaidamovich.

The workshop is supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, The Chamber Music Association of the Music Workers' International Union, N.G. Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatoire and the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association (ЕСМТА)

The Chamber Ensemble Workshop features:

  • Master classes: leading professors from Russia and Europe will share their unique pedagogical and performance experience with young musicians (October 5-7, 2018 Conservatoire classes)
  • Theory and practice seminar «Musical and pedagogical heritage and contemporary chamber performance practice: to the 100 Anniversary of T.A. Gaidamovich» (October 6, 2018, 10.00, Conference-hall, Conservatoire Main building)
  • Concerts: Masters of chamber ensemble performance (October 5, 18.30, Saidashev Great Concert Hall), Chamber ensembles– participants of master classes (October 7, 14.00, Maly Zal/Small Hall, Conservatoire Main building)


R.K. Abdullin - People's Artist of Russia, Director of the Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatoire, Professor, member of the European Chamber Music Teachers Association (ECMTA);
A.Z.Bonduryansky - People's Artist of Russia, President of the Chamber Music Association of the Music Workers' International Union, Professor of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory;
Wolfgang Redik - President of the Salzburg Chamber Music Festival, Professor, Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Mozarteum (Austria);
Janis Maleckis - Professor, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, member of the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association (ECMTA);
G.A.Fedorenko - Honored Artist of Russia, Professor of the Chamber Ensemble and Quartet Department, Gnesin Russian Academy of Music, board member of the Chamber Music Association of the Music Workers' International Union.
D.Sh. Galeyeva - Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, Professor, Head of the Chamber Ensemble Department, Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatoire, member of the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association (ECMTA);
N.N. Laptev - People's Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, associate professor of the Chamber Ensemble Department, Zhiganov Kazan State Conservatoire.

Teachers, students, concertmasters and accompanists of higher and secondary special educational institutions, children's music schools are invited to participate in the Workshop.

Master classes are held in the following categories:
• chamber ensembles with keyboard (piano, organ, harpsichord) and string instruments, pianos and wind instruments (duets, trios, piano quartets, piano quintets);
• piano duets;
• string quartets.


T.A. Gaidamovich

Tatiana Alekseevna Gaidamovich was an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Arts, Professor of the P.I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory, and the Moscow Prize winner, a scholar and an educator, head of the History and Performance Art Department. During her career as a professor, she trained a great number of ensembles - winners of international and All-Russian competitions.

For a long time, T.A. Gaidamovich was the President of the Chamber Music Association of the Music Workers' International Union. Under the auspices of the Association, all-Russian and international chamber ensemble competitions, including the International Taneev Competition, competitions in Novomoskovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Krasnodar and other cities were organized. Tatyana Alekseevna was the initiator and the head of the Higher Chamber Ensemble Training Courses, which were held since 1990 in Moscow, Donetsk, Nizhny Novgorod, and Kazan. The courses are an important platform for finding new ways of improving the teaching of the Chamber Ensemble discipline in higher musical institutions, colleges, and music schools.

The International Chamber Ensemble Workshop dedicated to the 100th anniversary of T.A. Gaidamovich follows the tradition of the Higher Chamber Ensemble Training Courses. The main objectives are: developing international relations, fostering creative collaborations and sharing knowledge and experience.

Information and application

Information on the Kazan Conservatoire website




Welcome to the 7th International PianoDuo Competition organized in Białystok (Poland)!

The competition will be held on the 18th of November to 24th of November 2018.

Poster and Regulations of the competition.

21st XENIA CHAMBER MUSIC COURSE 26 July – 5 August 2018 Pra Catinat, Turin (Italy)

“An international project aimed at teaching and disseminating chamber music as a tool for intercultural and intergenerational dialogue.”
For whom is this course intended: young string players, with at least four years training from the age of 10-24 ; and pre-formed groups (such as string quartet) for whom a special programme can be devised at request.
DURATION: the course starts on July 26th and ends on August 5th 2018. The lessons will take place from the 26th of July at 4 pm to the final concert on the 4th of August at 9 pm. The fee includes the dinner and the night of the 26th of July, the night of the 4th of August and the breakfast of the 5th of August.

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Como Chamber Music Workshop: TUTTI CAMBRISTI 2018

The international chamber music workshop Tutti Cambristi-Milano will take place on 14 and 15 July 2018 at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Como. Amateur musicians from Italy and all over the world will be able to study and play music in Italy with renowned international musicians.


NB! Register by the end of May 2018!




EMC STAMP project: YEMP - workshop for trainers

Do you want to learn how to organise a Youth Event Management Programme (YEMP), a “win-win” model training for young managers? Would you like to understand what YEMP is, how it works and why it can be an interesting offer both for young managers and for festival organisers?

Apply before 31.01.2018!

International Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Pianists and Chamber Ensembles, March 16-25, 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania

Welcome to the International Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Pianists and Chamber Ensembles, March 16-25, 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania!

The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities who were born in or after 1988, and to chamber ensembles whose members’ average age is less than 35 years.

The Competition is open to the following ensembles:

• Duo: violin and piano
• Trio: piano, violin, cello
• Quintet: piano, 2 violins, viola, cello


20th Xenia Chamber Music Course

The International Xenia Chamber Music Course for young string players took place in Pracatinat in the beautiful Natural Park of Orsiera Rocciavrè in the Italian Alps, just 70 klms west of Turin, Italy from July 21st to 31st 2017.
Thirty seven students, between 10 - 22 yrs of age, from eight different countries took part and were coached by nine musicians coming from six different countries - Ilona Klusaite (Lithuania and ECMTA member); Daniel Roberts (UK) ; Prunella Pacey (Holland/UK), Andrè Swanepoel (South Africa/Wales/Ireland); Adrian Pinzaru (Romania/Italy); Claudia Ravetto and Giacomo Agazzini (Italy); Elizabeth Wilson (UK/Italy and ECMTA member) and Eilis Cranitch( Ireland/Italy ECMTA member).
Everyday each student took part in three different chamber groups, string orchestra and and a scheduled individual study period. All three works studied by the students during the course in different groups and formations were then performed by them in three public concerts given in different venues over the last weekend of the course.
But that’s not all !
To celebrate our 20th anniversary we had some very special events :
An anniversary concert “Xenia&Friends” on Sunday 23rd July in the beautiful venue of the chapel of the Fort di Fenestrelle, the biggest Alpine Fortress in Europe. All staff members together with older students performed in various formations. The concert closed with a performance of Schumann’s 1st quartet by the Lyskamm Quartet, a vibrant young Italian string quartet, who acted as our quartet in residence for the first three days of the course.
A second staff concert took place late on the evening of Thursday 27th of July in the unusual outdoor setting of a quarry carved out of a rock in the woods surrounding the Pracatinat Centre where the course is held.
In addition we had the pleasure to welcome as our guest of honour the renowned cellist and founder member of the Orlando Festival Stephan Metz, who spent three days with us. Besides giving public masterclasses to two student quartets - the Mozaic quartet from Lithuania and the Turin Corservatoire student quartet, he also gave a very interesting lecture-recital performing music for cello solo by György Kurtág.
Lastly we were delighted to have a special visitor in Evan Rothstein, chairman of ECMTA from 2009-2016 and deputy head of strings at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London who came for the last weekend of the course, sitting in on sessions, participating in all activities and being very supportive and helpful.
The success of the 20th Course Chamber Music Course was due to the hard work on the part of all the students and to the enthusiasm and dedication of all staff members, for whom chamber music is a mission in life!

Elizabeth Wilson Artistic Director and Eilis Cranitch President.
Turin,Italy 3rd august 2017

Foto masterclass quartets with Stefan Metz

Masterclass quartets with Stefan Metz 

Foto Stefan Metz Isabelle Elizabeth Eilis1

Stefan Metz, Isabelle, Elizabeth, Eilis

Foto Xenia Course Group with four ecmta members

Xenia Course group with four ECMTA members



The Masterclass will take place from the 12th – 17th August 2017 at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Lettimi” in Rimini, Italy.

Application fee: Euro 75 per person
Masterclass Fee: Euro 200

Application Fee: 75 Euro per person
Masterclass Fee: Euro 200

Application Fee: Euro 100
Masterclass Fee: Euro 300

Application Deadline: 24 June 2017

The masterclass will include four lessons of one hour each. Interested participants must send a list of the repertoire that they would like to work on during the masterclass

This masterclass will be open to spectators

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Playing the instrument well is not enough: Academy provides online knowledge around the music market.

In former times it was enough to get excellent tuition in playing an instrument or in singing before becoming a professional musician and then starting a career by taking part in competitions or finding other ways. However, today’s music world is quite different: worldwide the professional education of young musicians is of exceptional quality, not least because of globalisation. Even teachers are often amazed at the students’ skills at playing an instrument or singing. Accordingly, the market is flooded with extraordinary musical talents. But what are these well-qualified musicians in for?

While studying students do not learn anything about being a self-employed musician or about establishing themselves in the market. But exactly this is the reality they have to face up to: nowadays musicians are independent entrepreneurs that have to deal with creating their artistic image, contracts, taxes, the press and the important social media. For professional musicians, who are not among the lucky ones with an agency to take care of these issues, these areas are of utmost importance.

The CLASSIC AKADEMIE GERMANY fills this gap as it provides the additional knowledge that studying music does not include. This Web-based academy aims at preparing musicians for their professional life so that they are able to assert themselves in the music market. Read more

New logo of ECMTA

European Chamber Music Teachers´Association celebrates its 10th anniversary with the new visual identity

To celebrate it´s 10th anniversary, the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association has organized a competition to create the new logo for the Association. Competition deadline was 31 March, 2017. Six designers from 6 different countries took part in the competition. Three of them have presented multiple design proposals, alltogether 15 works. The winner was selected on 23rd of April, during the European Chamber Music Teachers´Association Annual Spring Meeting in Kuopio, Finland (21-23 April 2017).

We are happy to announce that the winning design is a work of an ensemble, a duo of designers/architects from Venezia, Italy:

 Elisabetta Facchinetti

and Agostino Taboga



ECMTA wishes to thank all the designers who took part in the competition for  their creative energy, inspired by chamber music. Here is and introduction to the new logo by our winning designers:

By using the german’s tones we translated in notes the name ECMTA ,
obtaining a musical theme,
five notes of the same importance,
played by a virtual quintet in which everybody is equal.
This theme is made by large notes like an ancient liturgic music,
giving the idea of the respect,
the values that are in the goals of ECMTA.
We choose different colors as symbol of different cultures and races that music help to mix.

The new logo of ECMTA: 


NB: Coming soon: Stay in tune for the new appearance of our website and social media.

Membership Category for Chamber Ensembles!

ECMTA can now accept as a full member any chamber ensemble with 2 to 5 members, possessing a legal identity and engaged in significant pedagogical activity. Membership fees are 100 euros for the year, and entitles the ensemble to two votes in the General assembly. Our membership forms on the website have been modified, and paper copies can be modified by hand.

QuartetWeb: A new website devoted to string quartet history

This website is an international professional resource devoted to string quartet performers and compositions of the last hundred years or so and to connections between them. At its core is a database, although it will present much more.

Among other things, the database lists quartet groups, including who their members have been, and links them to compositions by first performances, recordings, and other information. It includes references and a bibliography, as well as photos, video, and audio, although its basis will remain text.

Overall, it is anticipated to be an Internet community for string quartet information and lore. Because the subject is large and growing, the site is a continual work in progress, with material being added frequently.

Concerning languages which can be used to send information, Dr Paul Rapoport, the creator of this website sent the following:

Short messages mostly with information about quartets I may understand in any European language. (I have an advanced degree in linguistics as well as music.) I'm comfortable reading extended texts in the following, having studied or translated from them:

  • English German Dutch
  • Danish Swedish Norwegian (either one) Icelandic
  • French Spanish Italian Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Latvian

Extended texts are a problem for now in anything else, including Polish, Finnish, and Romanian, all of which you mentioned, although I wouldn't want that to prevent people from contacting me.

The best for me to write in are English, French, Danish, and German.