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Welcome to the 7th International PianoDuo Competition organized in Białystok (Poland)!

The competition will be held on the 18th of November to 24th of November 2018.

Poster and Regulations of the competition.

21st XENIA CHAMBER MUSIC COURSE 26 July – 5 August 2018 Pra Catinat, Turin (Italy)

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“An international project aimed at teaching and disseminating chamber music as a tool for intercultural and intergenerational dialogue.”
For whom is this course intended: young string players, with at least four years training from the age of 10-24 ; and pre-formed groups (such as string quartet) for whom a special programme can be devised at request.
DURATION: the course starts on July 26th and ends on August 5th 2018. The lessons will take place from the 26th of July at 4 pm to the final concert on the 4th of August at 9 pm. The fee includes the dinner and the night of the 26th of July, the night of the 4th of August and the breakfast of the 5th of August.

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Como Chamber Music Workshop: TUTTI CAMBRISTI 2018

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The international chamber music workshop Tutti Cambristi-Milano will take place on 14 and 15 July 2018 at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Como. Amateur musicians from Italy and all over the world will be able to study and play music in Italy with renowned international musicians.


NB! Register by the end of May 2018!




EMC STAMP project: YEMP - workshop for trainers

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Do you want to learn how to organise a Youth Event Management Programme (YEMP), a “win-win” model training for young managers? Would you like to understand what YEMP is, how it works and why it can be an interesting offer both for young managers and for festival organisers?

Apply before 31.01.2018!

International Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Pianists and Chamber Ensembles, March 16-25, 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania

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Welcome to the International Stasys Vainiūnas Competition for Pianists and Chamber Ensembles, March 16-25, 2018, in Vilnius, Lithuania!

The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities who were born in or after 1988, and to chamber ensembles whose members’ average age is less than 35 years.

The Competition is open to the following ensembles:

• Duo: violin and piano
• Trio: piano, violin, cello
• Quintet: piano, 2 violins, viola, cello


20th Xenia Chamber Music Course

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The International Xenia Chamber Music Course for young string players took place in Pracatinat in the beautiful Natural Park of Orsiera Rocciavrè in the Italian Alps, just 70 klms west of Turin, Italy from July 21st to 31st 2017.
Thirty seven students, between 10 - 22 yrs of age, from eight different countries took part and were coached by nine musicians coming from six different countries - Ilona Klusaite (Lithuania and ECMTA member); Daniel Roberts (UK) ; Prunella Pacey (Holland/UK), Andrè Swanepoel (South Africa/Wales/Ireland); Adrian Pinzaru (Romania/Italy); Claudia Ravetto and Giacomo Agazzini (Italy); Elizabeth Wilson (UK/Italy and ECMTA member) and Eilis Cranitch( Ireland/Italy ECMTA member).
Everyday each student took part in three different chamber groups, string orchestra and and a scheduled individual study period. All three works studied by the students during the course in different groups and formations were then performed by them in three public concerts given in different venues over the last weekend of the course.
But that’s not all !
To celebrate our 20th anniversary we had some very special events :
An anniversary concert “Xenia&Friends” on Sunday 23rd July in the beautiful venue of the chapel of the Fort di Fenestrelle, the biggest Alpine Fortress in Europe. All staff members together with older students performed in various formations. The concert closed with a performance of Schumann’s 1st quartet by the Lyskamm Quartet, a vibrant young Italian string quartet, who acted as our quartet in residence for the first three days of the course.
A second staff concert took place late on the evening of Thursday 27th of July in the unusual outdoor setting of a quarry carved out of a rock in the woods surrounding the Pracatinat Centre where the course is held.
In addition we had the pleasure to welcome as our guest of honour the renowned cellist and founder member of the Orlando Festival Stephan Metz, who spent three days with us. Besides giving public masterclasses to two student quartets - the Mozaic quartet from Lithuania and the Turin Corservatoire student quartet, he also gave a very interesting lecture-recital performing music for cello solo by György Kurtág.
Lastly we were delighted to have a special visitor in Evan Rothstein, chairman of ECMTA from 2009-2016 and deputy head of strings at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London who came for the last weekend of the course, sitting in on sessions, participating in all activities and being very supportive and helpful.
The success of the 20th Course Chamber Music Course was due to the hard work on the part of all the students and to the enthusiasm and dedication of all staff members, for whom chamber music is a mission in life!

Elizabeth Wilson Artistic Director and Eilis Cranitch President.
Turin,Italy 3rd august 2017

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Masterclass quartets with Stefan Metz 

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Stefan Metz, Isabelle, Elizabeth, Eilis

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Xenia Course group with four ECMTA members



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The Masterclass will take place from the 12th – 17th August 2017 at the Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “G. Lettimi” in Rimini, Italy.

Application fee: Euro 75 per person
Masterclass Fee: Euro 200

Application Fee: 75 Euro per person
Masterclass Fee: Euro 200

Application Fee: Euro 100
Masterclass Fee: Euro 300

Application Deadline: 24 June 2017

The masterclass will include four lessons of one hour each. Interested participants must send a list of the repertoire that they would like to work on during the masterclass

This masterclass will be open to spectators

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Playing the instrument well is not enough: Academy provides online knowledge around the music market.

In former times it was enough to get excellent tuition in playing an instrument or in singing before becoming a professional musician and then starting a career by taking part in competitions or finding other ways. However, today’s music world is quite different: worldwide the professional education of young musicians is of exceptional quality, not least because of globalisation. Even teachers are often amazed at the students’ skills at playing an instrument or singing. Accordingly, the market is flooded with extraordinary musical talents. But what are these well-qualified musicians in for?

While studying students do not learn anything about being a self-employed musician or about establishing themselves in the market. But exactly this is the reality they have to face up to: nowadays musicians are independent entrepreneurs that have to deal with creating their artistic image, contracts, taxes, the press and the important social media. For professional musicians, who are not among the lucky ones with an agency to take care of these issues, these areas are of utmost importance.

The CLASSIC AKADEMIE GERMANY fills this gap as it provides the additional knowledge that studying music does not include. This Web-based academy aims at preparing musicians for their professional life so that they are able to assert themselves in the music market. Read more

New logo of ECMTA

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European Chamber Music Teachers´Association celebrates its 10th anniversary with the new visual identity

To celebrate it´s 10th anniversary, the European Chamber Music Teachers´ Association has organized a competition to create the new logo for the Association. Competition deadline was 31 March, 2017. Six designers from 6 different countries took part in the competition. Three of them have presented multiple design proposals, alltogether 15 works. The winner was selected on 23rd of April, during the European Chamber Music Teachers´Association Annual Spring Meeting in Kuopio, Finland (21-23 April 2017).

We are happy to announce that the winning design is a work of an ensemble, a duo of designers/architects from Venezia, Italy:

 Elisabetta Facchinetti

and Agostino Taboga



ECMTA wishes to thank all the designers who took part in the competition for  their creative energy, inspired by chamber music. Here is and introduction to the new logo by our winning designers:

By using the german’s tones we translated in notes the name ECMTA ,
obtaining a musical theme,
five notes of the same importance,
played by a virtual quintet in which everybody is equal.
This theme is made by large notes like an ancient liturgic music,
giving the idea of the respect,
the values that are in the goals of ECMTA.
We choose different colors as symbol of different cultures and races that music help to mix.

The new logo of ECMTA: 


NB: Coming soon: Stay in tune for the new appearance of our website and social media.

Board of the ECMTA

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Elected May 1st, 2016, General Assembly of the ECMTA, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw


  • Marje Lohuaru, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia

Vice Chairman:

  • Katariina Liimatainen, Kuopio Concervatory, Finland


  • Eilis Cranitch, Assoziaxione Ensemble Xenia, Turin, Italy
  • Filippo Faes, Conservatory in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy
  • Petras Kunca, Lithuanian Musicians´ Union
  • Yiannis Miralis, European University, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Miriam Roycroft, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin, Ireland
  • Jakub Tchorzewski, pianist

Deputy members:

  • Anna Prabucka-Firlej, Gdansk Academy of Music, Poland
  • Michael Tsalka, pianist

A most interesting international master class and a chamber music competition with good prizes

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Delta Trio Finale Orlando Concours 2015 fotograaf Ton van der Mark 8The Orlando Competition - an international chamber music competition - for ensembles from 3 to 6 musicians (piano trios and string quartets excluded) will take place from August 11 to 13, 2016 in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

Chamber music and the development of a musician

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It is impossible to overestimate the utility of studying chamber music in the shaping of a young musician. Ensemble playing improves practice techniques, performance skills and many other skills and characteristics essential for musicians. It is much easier to explore different approaches – by trial and error if need be – in a group than if working on one’s own. And although practicing parts and making music together takes a lot of time, exactly the same issues may be encountered in chamber music as in solo repertoire. For instance, the piano parts in the piano trios of Schubert or Beethoven are scarcely any simpler or less challenging to learn than the solo piano works of the same composers.

Aspects of assessing chamber music

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One can say that chamber music coaching is very similar to teaching a solo instrument. They both involve listening to the same things: intonation, rhythm, sound production on the instrument, fingerings, bowings, and so on.

Even the very concept of chamber music is not so different from solo works or orchestral works. Considered from a broad point of view, everything is chamber music, from the solo pieces of Bach to the huge symphonies of Mahler.

But assessing a chamber music performance is very different from assessing a solo performance. One should not assess only the performance generally but also how the members of the ensemble handle their respective roles in the ensemble. This places particular demands on the person doing the assessing, as one has to understand the psychology of chamber music and the dynamics of different ensembles, and also the roles of members in a group.

Ecmta member Quartetto di Cremona is doing pioneering work for the chamber music

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Playing all Beethoven String Quartets in a concerts serie and/or making a recording from them is surely one of the main dreams of all seriously working quartets. Those works, that include all the richness of human mind, are often found as ”Quartets ofThe Quartets” or ”most profound group of pieces in Western music”. They are technically and musically most demanding and use all the possibilities of the ensemble in an amazing way.

ECMTA Cremona 3657Because of the status and importance of these works, most of the very best string quartets have realized these dreams- and very often in a marvellous way. Surely most chamber music enthusiasts know the Beethoven recordings of the greatest quartets of our time. The new ones, who will record them again, have to have especially much courage and individual perspectives to these masterworks when beginning the project.

International Youth Chamber Music Festival IN CORPORE Tallinn, Estonia

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in-corporeIn Corpore is an international music festival dedicated to ensemble playing that takes place every year in Tallinn, Estonia. The participants - young performers aged 15-20 - come mainly from countries close to Estonia: from Baltic states and Finland. From the first festival in 2008 it has grown to an international event highly appreciated among the young professionals in our region. The festival is founded and organized by Tallinn Music High School and Estonian Chamber Music Teachers Association "In Corpore".