The ECMTA Annual Spring Meeting at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, April 10-13, 2015
The Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music hosted ECMTA's 2015 Annual spring meeting in conjunction with the International Student Chamber Music Festival of the Baltic Countries. The festival, founded in 1975, has in recent years often included ECMTA partnerships, and always represents a special opportunity for members to gain deeper understanding of chamber music education and performance in participating countries. The meeting featured Keynote speaker Francesca Zini, International consultant for the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, on recent developments in the organisation of chamber music competitions. Delegates also attended a panel of distinguished guest speakers on Latvian chamber music repertoire, pedagogy and performance, as well as the Members' Forum, masterclasses with student ensembles, Thematic work groups and the General Meeting.
Partner institutions for the festival included the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Chopin University of Music Warsaw, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Tchaikowsky Moscow State Conservatory, and European University of Cyprus. 31 professors attended from Italy, Portugal, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, and the United Kingdom. 14 Latvian student ensembles and ensembles from partner institutions played in masterclasses with 13 of the ECMTA delegates, and selected ensembles performed in three fantastic evening concerts.
The next ECMTA meeting will be the Autumn Gathering in October at the Heino Eller School of Music in Tartu, Estonia.
Participation for ECMTA members was free.