This year was already the tenth anniversary of the Ajassa 2011! chamber music camp, devoted primarily to modern chamber music and organized by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Part of the purpose of the camp is to prepare students for performances in the Musica Nova festival and the Ajassa 2011! festivals in February and March, but the camp is also a way for students' to share experiences and work on this complicated repertoire in an intensive but relaxed atmosphere. This year the camp took place in the art residence Hellenikon Idyllion, in a village Selianitika close to city of Patras, at 15. - 23.1.2011.
27 professional-track students with their teachers Keijo Aho, Marko Puro, and Herman Rechberger, an Austrian born composer living in Finland, spent a creative, inspiring and work-filled eight-day session concentrating on contemporary repertoire. Rechberger also works as an official host of the residence during the winter. Works studied included pieces by York Höller, Jörg Widmann, Siegfried Matthus, Dimitri Terzakis, Mikis Theodorakis, Joakim Schneider, György Kurtag, Herman Rechberger, Juan Antonio Muro, Jovanka Trbojevic, Jukka T. Koskinen, Jukka Tiensuu, and others.