The 5th annual meeting of the ECMTA took place in Rome the weekend of April 1-3 2011 and drew more than 40 participants from at least 14 different countries. This was the largest attendance since the founding meeting in 2007, and we hope this means that more and more colleagues believe in the importance of network building and information sharing to assure the future and quality of chamber music teaching in Europe.
On Friday, participants were welcomed by the Conservatorio’s Director Edda Silvestri, Conservatorio professor and ECMTA member Roberto Galletto, who was responsible for the organization of the meeting, and ECMTA Chairman Evan Rothstein. After a concert of chamber music students from the class of Professor Galletto, delegates enjoyed a splendid dinner in the via Veneto.
At the Members’ forum, nine colleagues from Russia, Finland, Lithuania, Italy, and England presented short talks about their schools, competitions, festivals or repertoire. The pedagogy round table showed that institutions in France, Lithuania, and Latvia recognize the importance of pedagogical training in chamber music instruction, both for students and as continuing education for teachers. The marketplace/career development round table presented new approaches for making chamber music work in today’s society, including clear-headed market analysis of audiences, initiatives in professional training, and innovative ways of programming and communicating. Non-teaching representatives from the Accademia degli archi/Archi Magazine, MondoMusica, the Festival of Wallonie, and Muziekcentrum nederland, as well as innovative performers from Spark – the classical band and the Trio di Torino enriched the discussions with perspectives from outside of the conservatory environment.
At least 13 student ensembles played in masterclasses offered by ECMTA members and their guests, and performed in the three evening concerts. These were mostly students of the Conservatorio, but also included students of Maja Nosowksa from the Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw. Many students and ECMTA members sat in on each other’s masterclasses, and there was a marvelous atmosphere of shared experience, mutual respect, and generosity, which is a characteristic part of these meetings.
Many sincere thanks to:
Director Edda Silvestri of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, and her staff, for their patience, kindness, and generosity in welcoming our meeting. Roberto Galletto and Francesca Durante for their wonderful work in organizing this meeting, as well as their chamber music students for helping with everything from concerts and masterclasses to serving coffee and translating.
Our media partner for the meeting, Accademia degli Archi/Archi Magazine, for a lovely write-up both preceding and following the meeting, for suggesting excellent guests Umberto Clerici and the Quartetto di Roma, and for joining us for a presentation. Thanks also to our other partner for the meeting, MondoMusica, for joining us for a presentation and for offering us a booth to share with our official media partner Ensemble Magazine.
Round table participants: Gunta Melbarde (We Play Music With Friends Foundation), Gunta Sproge (Latvian Academy of Music), Petras Kunca (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater), Christophe Giovaninetti (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris), Benoît Debuyst (Festival de Wallonie), Michael Nieuwenhuizen (Muziekcentrum Nederland), Daniel Koschitzki and Andrea Ritter (Spark), Umberto Clerici (Trio di Torino), Richard Ireland (ChamberStudio)
Members’ Forum presenters: Alexander Bonduryansky (Associaiton of Chamber Music of the International Union of Musicians), Rubin Abdullin (Kazan Conservatory), Dalia Balsyte (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater), Petras Kunca (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater), Valentina Markova (Children’s Art School Petrozavodsk), Simone Gramaglia (Quartetto di Cremona), Petr Prause (Royal Northern College of Music Manchester), Pekka Helasvuo (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences).
Masterclass teachers: ECMTA members Petr Prause (Royal Northern College of Music Manchester), Petras Kunca (Lithuanian Academy of Music), Dalia Balsyte (Lithuanian Academy of Music), Alexander Bonduryansky (Moscow State Conservatory), Maxim Purizhinskiy (Moscow State Conservatory), Keijo Aho (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki), Natalia Sakkos (Estonian Academy of Music, Tallinn), and Roberto Galletto (Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia).
Special guests included Richard Ireland (ChamberStudio, London), Christophe Giovaninetti (Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris), and, as part of a a collaboration with the Accademia degli archi/Archi Magazine, Umberto Clerici (Trio di Torino), and members of the Quartetto di Roma.