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Merry Christmas!

Dear members and friends of the ECMTA,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and looking forward to continued collaboration and success for the new year!

Thank you for your continued support for our association! Looking forward to new shares endeavors in the coming year.



Marje Lohuaru
Chairman of the ECMTA

Maila Laidna
Secretary of the ECMTA

How to join ECMTA

Join us as an individual member, institutional member, ensemble member or contributing member! ECMTA is completely member-driven association and it's aim is networking and exchange of knowledge and experience. It connects chamber music teachers across Europe who share love and passion for chamber music and ensemble playing in general. If you look at the "ensemble" of board members you'll see that there are several countries represented -these are the most active in ECMTA: Finland, Ireland/Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia, etc., of course there are more... Traditionally, there are two meetings in a year (in different countries) that contain masterclasses, concerts, members forum, General Assemblies, we invite guests as Keynote speakers, ensembles-in-residence who give concerts and workshops and traditionally we enjoy the cultural clustre of the host country of our meetings.Last meeting in Poland (My 2016) contained detailed insights into Polish yet undiscovered but valuable music, several presentations from Polish youth music training organizers, a presentation of Chopin Institute project "Chopin on historical pianos" and, of course guided tour to Chopin Museum in Warsaw.
And, of course, everyone is invited to join our concerts as listeners where students across Europe, usually students of our members-professors, are performing.
You are welcome to join our Facebook group "ECMTA members and friends"!

For new members

  • Return the Membership Form completed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Pay the membership fee after receiving an invoice for payment. Bank: Nordea Bank AB Estonia EE621700017004017862

The invoices will be sent by the accounting service Leinonen Group/ Leinonen Estonia. NB! Please send all requests and questions regarding the invoices to the secretary of ECMTA:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual fees:

  • Individual Member: 80 euros
  • Chamber Ensemble (2-5 members): 120 euros
  • Institutional Member: 200 euros
  • Contributing member (non-teacher, non-musician, individual or institution): 70 euros minimum

An Individual Member receives one vote in the General Assembly, a Chamber Ensemble 2 votes, and an Institutional Member 3 votes. A Contributing Member may participate in all activities, but may not vote in the General Assembly. A Chamber Ensemble must have a legal administrative identity and confirmed pedagogical activity.

The Tallinn 2021 International Piano Chamber Music Competition!

The “Tallinn 2021” International Piano Chamber Music Competition will take place at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre from 26 to 29 June 2021. The competition will be jointly organised by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and MTÜ In Corpore.

The International Chamber Music Competition aims to develop the tradition of professional ensemble playing and to enable young musicians to participate in international events. Works by Estonian composers will be recommended to the competitors, offering the possibility to introduce our chamber music to wider audiences. A special prize will be awarded for the best performance of an Estonian work. Given that there is a need for high-level ensemble competitions in both the Baltic and Nordic countries, this new entry will have the potential of becoming an important musical event in the region.

The competition is open in two categories for chamber ensembles that include piano: 1) duos; 2) trios, quartets, quintets. The competition will take place in two rounds. Eligible participants will be selected during a preliminary round based on recordings. The age limit for ensemble members is 33 years at the time of the competition.

The conditions of the competition are available at https://eamt.ee/chambercompetition/

Additional information:
Marje Lohuaru
Professor of Chamber Music
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
+372 50 11477
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The ECMTA Autumn gathering


Dear all,

Our premiere online General Assembly meeting was organised on Sunday 6 and I would like to thank all of you who could join us!

I would like to invite you to the online ECMTA Autumn meeting on Saturday October 24 from 10:00 - 13.00 CET.

Please find the link for joining the meeting here:
Password: 151515

Agenda for the meeting:
- Official Welcome
- Keynote speakers: Emlyn Stam (the New European Ensemble) "In Search of a Lost Language: Performing in Early-Recorded Style in String Quartet Repertoires"

Graham Oppenheimer (Chetham's School of Music) "Running an educational chamber music programme remotely"

Mindaugas Urbaitis (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) "Classical music in contemporary chamber works of Lithuanian composers"

- Members' Forum: Presentations by Evan Rothstein “Chamber music activities under covid at the Guildhall School” and Michael Tsalka “Beethoven's Works for Mandolin and Fortepiano. A new recording for Naxos, by Alon Sariel and Michael Tsalka”
- the ECMTA Spring Meeting April 16-18, 2021 in Vilnius
- the ECMTA Autumn Gathering in Torino 2021
- Short announcement on Website
- Q&A

I would appreciate it if all interested in making a short presentation of around 10 minutes in the Members' Forum could let me know the topic of your presentation by October 20.

We would like to give you the opportunity to participate in the preliminary events of the meeting: Please find the link to a concert of Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür's music below, which took place in Estonian Theatre and Music Academy

The Guildhall Chamber Orchestra presents a truly delightful programme on Friday evening, conducted by a remarkable rising star.

You can watch free online!


I sincerely hope that many of you will be able to join us for the ECMTA autumn online gathering!

Looking forward to meeting you online,

With kind regards,
Maila Laidna

Invitation to the General Assembly meeting

Dear members of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association,

On behalf of the ECMTA chairman Marje Lohuaru, I have the pleasure to invite you to the 2020 General Assembly Meeting of members of the European Chamber Music Teachers' Association that will take place on 6 September 2020, at 11.00-14.00 CET, online, via Zoom.

Please find the link to join the meeting here: https://zoom.us/j/96293836788?pwd=b0o4YTlFM1JDUGszL1JmU3I4UXBDUT09
Password: 191919

Please find attached a draft agenda for this year's General Assembly meeting and I have also uploaded the ECMTA annual and auditor reports.

 Wishing you all a nice summer!


Kind regards,

Maila Laidna

Secretary of the ECMTA

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the ECMTA annual report

the ECMTA statement of the auditor

Agenda of the General Assembly meeting



Survey on distance learning!

I hope you and your families are safe and healthy!

Due to the current global COVID-19 crisis, virtual education has become an important substitute to the classroom. Distance-learning can be challenging and thereby we would like to hear about your opinions and possible experiences in chamber-music teaching using online platforms. We would be very grateful if you could share your experiences in the attached online survey. Your shared experiences and knowledge are very important and valuable for everyone interested in this subject.

Please send the filled-in survey before April 20 to the address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Survey on distance learning




Maila Laidna

Secretary of the ECMTA



The ECMTA Newsletter

Dear members of the ECMTA,

On behalf of the ECMTA, I would like to invite all the members to participate in the creation of the ECMTA Newsletter! It will be published three times per year.

All members of the ECMTA are very welcome to write the articles to the Newsletter. The content of the article is free of choice - something that relates directly to the interesting topics or events that you care about.
Each article should be around 150-200 words. In this way is possible to keep Newsletter content simple and straightforward.

Please be kind to use as many illustrative photos as needed, they should be sent in the JPG or PNG format.

Please send articles and photos that you wish to publish in the Newsletter to Paulo Pacheco or Katariina Liimatainen.

Their addresses are:

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If you would like to write a longer article, then it will be published on the webpage www.ecmta.eu. Please send the longer article to the mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The deadline for sending articles is May 4.

I am looking forward to our cooperation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

All the best wishes for you and I hope you and your families will stay safe and healthy!

Maila Laidna
Secretary of the ECMTA

Emergency message!!

Emergency message!

Dear ECMTA Members!

Due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, the ECMTA conference in Vilnius has been cancelled. The time and place of the next conference will be announced as soon as possible. We will be updating our website as the situation unfolds.

I wish you an optimistic outlook on the future and the strength of this in an unprecedented situation.

Please follow the announcements on the ECMTA website and on Facebook.

With all best wishes,

Marje Lohuaru

Chairwoman of ECMTA

The ECMTA Spring Meeting in Vilnius 17-19 April 2020 IS CANCELLED!

This year the ECMTA's annual Spring Meeting will take place at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre from April 17 to 19, 2020.
Information regarding the Pre-Conference Day in Kaunas on April 16 is attached. This year's programme includes keynote lectures by composer Mindaugas Urbaitis of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and David Waterman of the Endellion String Quartet. Their respective topics are Classical Music in Contemporary Chamber Works of Lithuanian Composers and the Bärenreiter Beethoven Quartet Edition. 

The Members Forum speeches will cover a wide range of themes pertaining to the practice, pedagogy and repertoire of chamber music. The conference will be held in tandem with the Annual Student Chamber Music Festival which will include performances of students from Portugal, Hungary and the Baltic States.

The ECMTA wishes to express its deepest gratitude to the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre for hosting our event and for its ongoing support.


Deadline for inscription is March 20, 2020


Vilnius Spring Meeting Inscription form

Kaunas Pre-Conference Program

Vilnius Spring Meeting Program


David Waterman CV

Mindaugas Urbaitis CV


Merry Christmas 2019!

Dear members and friends of the ECMTA,

We wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!