ECMTA Events

European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association´s Annual Spring Meeting at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, Portugal on 26-28 April 2019

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.




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The next meeting of the European Chamber Music Teacher´s Association will take place in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk, UK on 9-10 November 2019!

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ECMTA Autumn Gathering in Nicosia 2-4 November 2018: Chamber music teachers enjoying the warm atmosphere

The European Chamber Music Teachers´Association has a tradition to meet twice a year in different music institutes around Europe. This time the host for our Autumn Gathering was (already for a second time) the European University Cyprus in Nicosia, and our colleague and ECMTA Board member prof Yiannis Miralis.
The meeting had around 40 participants from ECMTA, including 3 student ensembles. As a tradition, the host had invited guest speakers from Cyprus and performers from the EUC to our Gathering. During a tour to the local History Museum, the ECMTA family was also introduced to the history and way of life in Cyprus.
Besides that, the meeting contained Members Forum, masterclasses and concerts and wonderful evenings with Cypriot music and food.

First day (Thursday 2 November) begun with masterclasses.

European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association Spring meeting April 27-29, 2018 Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw


ECMTA Spring Meeting 2018, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw), 27th of April, 2018. Speaking: Marje Lohuaru (Chairwoman), on the right: prof Maja Nosowska, Prof Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska

By Piret Väinmaa

A beautiful spring weekend in Warsaw witnessed the joyful reunion of friends and colleagues of ECMTA – once again, after 2 years it was the generosity of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and our colleague prof Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska that brought us together in Warsaw.
The days flew by quickly attending the lessons of chamber music, presentations in the member’s forum, speeches by the representatives of the European leading higher institutions of music education and finally, listening to the highest level concerts of the students´ chamber music festival, taking place in parallel with the spring meeting of the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association.

ECMTA Autumn Gathering 3-5 November 2017 in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk (UK)

In cooperation with Pro Corda

Dr Evan Rothstein

     with contributions from Eilis Cranitch

Like previous meetings, the ECMTA Autumn Meeting at Leiston Abbey from 3rd-5th November was an exceptionally stimulating and enriching experience. One unusual feature of this meeting, however, was that participants were also resident in the beautiful isolated Leiston Abbey, near Saxmundham, Suffolk, home to Pro Corda. This meant that members had still more opportunities to discuss further any topic that had been presented, and more time to catch up on each other’s professional activity, exchange ideas and information. In purest ECMTA tradition, a very positive and warm community energy developed throughout the weekend. The different guest lectures and topics presented in the Members Forum were exceptionally interesting and stimulating, and gave plenty of food for thought and discussion! Members attended from Estonia, United Kingdom, Lithuania, Italy, France, Cyprus and Finland; six professors gave masterclasses with student ensembles from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Conservatorio di Musica in Cagliari, who then performed very demanding repertoire in the closing concert of the weekend. Professors Yiannis Miralis and Michael Tsalka very generously presented a recital of music for saxophone and piano (both professors, who met through ECMTA a few years ago, perform regularly together as part of the Mediterranean Trio). Seven professors gave presentations in the Members Forum.


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The four guest lectures presented a broad range of insights and activities: Matthew Jones discussed chamber music teaching techniques and strategies and Kai Christiansen explained the structure and purposes of his fascinating chamber music database Earsense. Our host Andrew Quartermain gave a deeply inspiring talk about the history and current projects of Pro Corda and then, with the participation of three talented young students, demonstrated the application of his practice of improvisation as a key to developing chamber music skills. The Gathering concluded with Richard Ireland’s unusually detailed and informative accounting of the evolution of his Chamberstudio project since it was last presented to ECMTA members, back at the meeting in Rome in 2011.

The Annual Spring Meeting of the ECMTA in Kuopio, Finland 21-23 April 2017 - 10th Anniversary of the ECMTA

The Annual Spring Meeting of the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association came to its conclusion on Sunday, 23 April. The hospitality of the Kuopio Conservatory made it very hard to leave, as no matter what kind of weather we experienced outside - rain, hail, wind and sun all on one day! - there was always a feeling of warm welcome present inside the beautiful Kuopio Music Centre.

Through chamber music a sense of family develops quickly. At this meeting we greeted our new members from Portugal and new guests from Italy and France. During these three days, chamber music pedagogues from all over Europe – Finland, Lithuania, Italy, Portugal, UK, France, Russia, Estonia – listened to concerts, presentations and guest speakers and spent wonderful times together talking about music and teaching music.

European Chamber Music Teachers Association´s Autumn Gathering in Tallinn 9-11 Dec, 2016

The Autumn Gathering at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre came to a splendid conclusion Sunday, 11 Dec 2016, with a final wave of ensemble lessons, an informal information meeting providing an admirably concise but detailed update on current issues from Chairwoman Marje Lohuaru and Secretary/Treasurer Piret Väinmaa, a lovely final concert and then a concluding reception bathed in sunlight from the panoramic windows on the 4th floor of the Academy. Students participated not only from EAMT, but also from the Heino Eller Tartu Music College, Tallinn Music High School, Juozas Naujalis Music Gymnasium (Kaunas) and, for the first time, from the Xenia Chamber Music Course (Italy). As is usual, more than 10 professors - from Italy, Portugal, the UK, France, Poland, Cyprus and Lithuania - provided masterclasses with an impressive list of student ensembles playing a broad selection of repertoires and genres: in the three days there were well over 60 lessons. The concerts also featured an especially interesting collaboration between the Xenia Course quartet and a quartet from Kaunas, who came together to perform the first movement of Mendelssohn's Octet; the remaining three movements were expertly played by an octet of students from Tallinn.