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A report of chamber music activities in at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

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LMTA-Main-building-previewLithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre was established 78 years ago. There are over 900 students studying and some 450 professors working at two Faculties: Music and Theater.

There are 530 students studying and 230 professors working in Music Faculty.

I will shortly introduce you to the activity of our department of the last two years.

Savonlinna Music Academy MASTER CLASSES Summer 2011

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  • Master Class for Opera I June 27 - July 5
    Kammersänger Tom Krause (Escuela Superior de Musica, Madrid, Spain)
  • Master Class for Opera II July 6 - July 10
    Professor Barbara Bonney (Universität Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria)
  • Master Class for Violin July 12 - July 22
    Professor Mi-kyung Lee (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Germany)
  • Master Class for Cello July 14 - July 16
    Professor Erkki Rautio (Sibelius Academy, Finland)
  • Master Class for Viola (& Chamber Music) July 17 - July 26
    Professor Diemut Poppen (Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany)
  • Chamber Music Master Class (& Violin) July 19 - July 27
    Mark Gothoni (Orpheus Quartet, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany)
  • German Lied Master Class July 22 - July 27
    Professor Hartmut Höll (Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany)

About Sibelius’ early chamber music, from Pekka Helasvuo (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki)

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 Practically all of Jean Sibelius’ early chamber music is now available on CD (the Sibelius Edition volumes 2 and 9 on BIS-records). On the records are some fragments, sketches and pieces of little interest for people besides those working with musicological activities. However, in the Critical Edition of Jean Sibelius' Works published by Breitkopf & Härtel, no volumes of chamber music have yet been published, and the whole project is expected to last still many years. The most important and interesting chamber works among those composed mainly between 1888 and 1890 are the Quartets in B flat Major op. 4 (1889–90) and my favorite: A-minor JS 183 (1889) [both published by Edition Fazer/Warner bros. Company]. A very fine work is the Piano Quintet JS 159 in G-Minor (1890) [Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen]. Edition Fazer/Warner has published also the String Quartet E flat Major (1885), two String Trios, A-Major (1889) and G-Minor (1893–94) plus a Piano Quartet in C-Minor (1891). The composer seems to have been rather productive on the field of chamber music at that time.

The style in Sibelius' early chamber music differs quite a lot from his later music. There are still very personal features which were not quite common at that time, especially in his treatment of harmony and form. 

The works published by Edition Fazer/Warner bros. Company are today available from:

Fennica Gehrman,

PO Box 158, FIN 00121 Helsinki Finland

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Festival Musiq'3

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Festival Musiq'3/Coup de jeune: A new branch of the Festival de Wallonie will be launched July 1-3 at the Flagey in Brussels combining students and professionals in an innovative, multidisciplinary, intergenerational concept.

Benoit Debuyst, Director of Communications for the Festival de Wallonie, and round table participant at the Rome meeting, is pleased to announce the creation of a new festival in Brussels which combines students from the Brussels Conservatory and both national and international professional musicians. A collaboration between Musiq3, the Festival de Wallonie, the Royal Brussels Conservatory, and numerous other partners, the festival features both indoor and outdoor events, mixes soundpainting, flashmobs, and workshops with family workshops and cinema, investing every available space of the Flagey. More than 30 concerts, over a hundred musicians, a large group of chamber ensembles in residence, and a special tribute to Liszt for his 200th birthday.

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International Chamber Music Festival Viana, August 1st – 14th.

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Artistic director Jano Lisboa, has announced the creation of a new festival/academy for chamber music in Viana for highly qualified young chamber musicians. Accepted ensembles and musicians attend the academy entirely free of charge, and benefit from coachings and performances with resident artists (Kuss Quartet, Endellion Quartet, and Peter Donahoe). Mr. Lisboa was member of the Quatuor Benaïm during 2007-08, with whom he toured through Europe, Japan and Israel. He is now a member of the Münchener Kammerorchester.

The academy is open to string players, pianists, string quartets and trios, piano quartets and trios by live audition or audition tape. Live auditions will take place in March in a number of European cities. The January deadline has been extended to February 28. Information can be obtained for highly qualified candidates. Contact immediately: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

London Young String Quartet Weekend in Manchester

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Friday 4 March, am - Sunday 6 March, 2011

Chetham's School of Music, Manchester (UK)

Presented by the London String Quartet Foundation and Chetham's School of Music. A weekend of workshops, classes and performances for twelve young quartets from all over the UK, who will be working with Pavel Fischer, Johannes Meissl, Mark Messenger, Christoph Richter, Raphael Todes, Nicholas Jones, Graham Oppenheimer, Stephen Threlfall and the Carducci String Quartet.

If you are a string quartet enthusiast and want to find out how to take part, contact the Ruth Wheal, General Manager at LSQF on 01708 761423 or 0207 258 8244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Performances are free to attend. No booking required. All events are open to the public. For further information, contact the Outreach Administrator on 0161 839 6548.

Chamber Studio at Kings Place

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ChamberStudio is putting on a Showcase Concert featuring three of the UK's outstanding new-generation chamber groups.
The concert is at Kings Place in Hall 1 on Sunday 22 May at 6.30pm.
Cavaleri Quartet Beethoven String Quartet Op 59 No 2 Lawson Trio Ravel Piano Trio Wu Quartet Dvorak String Quartet Op 106

Tickets are £9.50 from the Kings Place box office (tel: 020  7520 1490) and online at Please see the pdf flyer for further information.

Three remaining dates for masterclasses at Kings Place before ChamberStudio takes a break for the summer:

  • 1 May (Martin Lovett and Richard Ireland)
  • 8 May (Alasdair Tait and Susan Tomes)
  • 15 May (Christoph Richter and Richard Ireland) 

The new season at ChamberStudio starts on 2 October.

Sforzando Chamber Music Competition for Student Amateur Musicians in Higher Education

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The Sforzando Competition is the European chamber music competition for universities, Grandes Ecoles and similar institutions of higher education. It is open to students playing to a high amateur standard who are members of ensembles comprising between two and five instruments. The competition seeks to demonstrate the frequently outstanding musical quality attained by these students, who are pursuing their studies in tandem with their shared passion for classical music. As an exception to the general regulations, the competition is also open to recent graduates. ECMTA is proud to be an official partner of the Concours Sforzando.

The official deadline was February 1, but it is still possible to submit applications. Applications and information:

25e European Ensemble Competition

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25e European Ensemble Competition, April 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2011, 
organized by the National federation of Associations of Conservatory Parents (FNAPEC)
 Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, 14 rue de Madrid - 75008  Paris.

Open competition for all genres of music (classical, contemporary, jazz, traditional, etc). 2 to 15 musicians (not including conductor), and aged between 18-30 years.
One 20-minute performance in front of a jury, all groups to play consecutively. Free program selection, No compulsory piece. Grants from 1000 to 5000 € (depending on sponsor support).

Closing date for applications inscriptions: February 28th, 2011

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New Chamber Music Diploma at the Regional Conservatory in Lyon

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As part of the reflection on the creation of an undergraduate level, and parallel to the recent establishment of the course; orchestra as a career, the Conservatoire de Lyon in March 2010 launched a specialised training course in chamber music (initially for strings and piano).

This course is designed for string musicians or pianists grouped into fixed ensembles holding a diploma in specialist courses from conservatoires (or an equivalent), and having substantial experience in chamber music. The goal is to further the development of this discipline and help students be prepared for further training towards a professional career.

Winter Masterclasses in Riga

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A Report from Project manager Gunta Melbarde

The Foundation We play music with friends (Rīga, Latvia), in co-operation with Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st music school, organised a 3-day Winter masterclasses for chamber ensemble teachers January 7-9, 2011. Invited to lead master classes were: Professors Petras Kunca (violinist, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Department of chamber music), and Alexander Kulikov (violinist, Kungsvägen Music Institute in Espoo, Finland), Juta Bērziņa (cellist, P. Jurjāns music school in Riga), and Inga Grīnvalde (flutist, Jāzeps Mediņš Riga 1st music school). 46 teachers from Latvia and Lithuania attended, as well as ECMTA Chairman Evan Rothstein, and 17 participating student ensembles came from all around the country. ECMTA is proud to be an official partner of the “We Play Music With Friends” Winter Masterclasses.

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12th International Academic Music Competition JURMALA 2011 for Chamber Music

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May 24th – 28th 2011

For Piano duet, Chamber ensemble with piano (duos, trios, quartet and quintet), Mixed ensembles (up to eight musicians). For musicians aged 15-19 (Group A) and 20 to 25 (Group B). Application Deadline April 15th.

Chamber Music activity in Moscow Conservatory in Jan – Feb 2011

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List of concerts and competitions...

Chamber ensemble activity in Moscow Conservatoire in September – December 2010

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List of concerts and master classes...

IV International S.I. Taneev Chamber Ensembles Competition

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October 30 - November 6, 2011 in Kaluga, Russia

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Deadline: May 31, 2011

For Piano Ensembles: Duo, Trio, Quartet, and Quintet. Age group 16-34. The competition will be held in three rounds: I preliminary selection round (by recording), II and III rounds in the Concert Hall of the Kaluga Philharmonic Society, audition pursuing the Prize named after T. A. Gaidamovitch in the Concert Hall of the Music college named after S. I. Taneev, the final concert of the winners in the Concert Hall of the Kaluga Philharmonic Society and the Rachmaninov’s Hall of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.