What an exceptionally enriching, and enjoyable weekend!
To bring everyone up to date: It was decided last year that ECMTA should try to organize at least one informal meeting a year in addition to the general meeting, preferably within the framework of existing member festivals or projects. It was agreed that Michael Flaksman's festival Settembre in Musica (14th season) would welcome the first of these informal "gatherings". The meeting in Ascoli Piceno thus allowed members to reconnect after the long summer holidays, and included a board meeting, informal discussions and project presentations, festival concerts, encounters with new members and invited guests, and, also for the first time, an open stage for members to perform together. All present seemed to agree that this initiative was quite successful. Sincere thanks to:
- Michael Flaksman, artistic director, and Gaetano Rinaldi, festival president, and their devoted festival volunteers for arranging hotels, restaurants, meeting rooms, concert programs and rehearsals for all of us.
- Members Filippo Faes, Massimo Paris, and Michael Flaksman for their brilliant participation in the ECMTA concert, along with Festival guests Giorgio Marcossi, Federico Paci, and Albert Boesen, and the excellent duo of Andrea Salvi and Massimo Spada, chamber music students from Roberto Galletto's class at the Conservatorio S. Cecilia.
- Members who made very generous and extremely useful presentations: Marje Lohuaru, for her detailed presentation both of the organization of chamber music studies at the Estonian Academy of Music and of the strategy behind the conception of the EU Joint Master curriculum project which she is currently coordinating ; Massimo Paris for his lively evocation of his career experiences, teaching chamber music, and working with Concerto Malaga; Juan Pablo Gamaro for his excellent and detailed presentation of the artistic, communication, and development strategies for Concerto Malaga; Roberto Galletto for his presentation of a new piano competition he is directing to be created in 2011.
Special thanks for the inspired and generous participation of our invited guests: festival artist Albert Boesen and his wife who spoke about their son's outreach projects with schoolchildren, Festival educational collaborator Emanuela Antolini who explained how she has succeeded in bringing live music into the public schools in Ascoli Piceno, and two special guests representing the Carl Orff Festival, Vito Amatulli, Festival co-director and Vito Valentini, a local politician, who together gave a passionate demonstration of the importance of developing musical projects as part of a general conception of community development.