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The Guildhall School of Music & Drama announces new chamber music appointments and the opening of the Milton Court concert hall

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GSMD kicks off a new term with the addition of its wonderful, new state of the art concert hall Milton Court. Apart from the numerous opportunities for our student groups to experience performing and rehearsing in a beautiful 650 seater concert hall, we also will have a luxury space to offer our starry array of visiting chamber performers and coaches. The coming term sees the return of our regular visiting quartets, Endellion and Belcea, along with the first visit of Ralf Gothoni as our new International Chair in Keyboard Chamber Music and the appoibtment of Carole Presland as Senior Tutor in Keyboard Chamber Music. To inaugurate the chamber credentials of Milton Court, our Head of Srtings Louise Hopkins will be joining colleagues Thomas Ades, Anthony Marwood and Matthew Hunt for a spectacular recital based around some of the key chamber compositions of Ades.

Summer workshops - 2013 in Dobele (Latvia)

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Gunta Melbārde, 28.08.2013

Dobele-2013-1-previewThe latest event that had been fostered for a long time in the framework of Foundation "We Play Music with friends" activities were the first Summer workshops - 2013 for young chamber musicians. The event took place from August 19 to 25, near Dobele, in a lovely 3-storey rural guest house "Ausātas". Surrounded by a quiet forest, on the shore of a small lake, far from the city crowds and noise... Conditions both for living and playing music were close to ideal. This summer camp was attended by 36 young chamber musicians (including the chamber orchestra Armonico) and 8 teachers: Professor Petras Kunca from Lithuania and 7 teachers from Latvia. Intensive music lessons were held the whole week. The sunny weather really made us glad. When it was too hot for the orchestra to rehearse in the hall, they continued playing music on the 2nd floor terrace, close to the nature with great views of the lovely surroundings. The orchestral group work led by violinist Dace Upatniece and cellist Reinis Melbārdis was also held both indoors and outdoors.

3rd annual Creative Educational Chamber Music Camp “Let’s Play Music Together” in Birzhai (Lithuania)

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birzhai-2013-1-previewAfter last year’s success, the town of Birzhai and the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union (LMU) agreed to join forces once again with the V. Jakubenas Music School to organize the 3rd annual Creative Education Chamber Music Camp “Muzikuokime drauge” (Let’s Play Music Together) in Birzhai. Thanks to the invitation of Professor Petras Kunca, Board member of the association, the ECMTA was also closely associated with the realization of the project. With the strong support of Mrs Irute VERZIENE, Mayor of Birzhai and in the presence of Mr Aleksandras ZELTINIS, member of the Lithuanian Parliament, the session was an even greater success than last year. Led by Professor Kunca, Audronė Žigaitytė-Nekrošienė, President of the LMU, and Rima Zuoziene, Director of the Jakubenas School, the camp has now expanded to include students and teachers from more schools in Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia: 24 student ensembles participated, from duos to a 15-member string ensemble, with a great many local students and teachers involved. In all, over 80 students participated, mostly between the ages of 8 and 20, many of them accompanied by their teachers. Repertoire included arrangements of popular pieces and children’s works as well as standard masterpieces, and every concert programme was filled with variety of instrumentation, style, age and level of participants. The spirit of the camp was clearly an excellent balance between ability, careful preparation, and inclusiveness.

7th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition announces the 2013 competitors!

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On September 23 ten of the world's finest emerging string quartets will arrive and take the stage for the 7th Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. The preliminary jury have now selected an international selection of accomplished musicians of the highest standard. The quartets are:

  • Auric Quartet (Australia)
  • Quartet Berlin-Tokyo (Japan/ Israel)
  • Dudok Kwartet (Netherland)
  • Girard Quartet (France)
  • Idomeneo String Quartet (UK/ Norway)
  • Jubilee Quartet (UK)
  • Novus Quartet (Korea)
  • Van Kuijk Quartet (France)
  • Quatuor Varèse (France)
  • Yul String Quartet (Korea)

The ten quartets were chosen by a preliminary jury, including Levon Chilingirian, leader of the  Chilingirian String Quartet. The selection was made based on audio recordings sent in from all over the world! Applicants from over 30 countries applied to be considered for the first round, and the overall number of applicants have been record high.

These ten quartets have an exeptional high level of musical understanding and wonderful perfoming and the competition in September 2013 will be very exiting,” says competition director Marianne Baudouin Lie.

The 4th Edition of the "Fundación MonteLeón" Chamber Music Festival will take place from 6 to 12 December in León (Spain)

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Our goal is to support and promote young Chamber Music duos and ensembles.

The Festival will welcome six different young chamber music ensembles from Spain and other countries. The closing recital will be performed by a Special Guest Ensemble, a selected chamber music formation of international renown. In last editions: KUSS QUARTETT (2010), EBÈNE QUATUOR (2011) and DORIC STRING QUARTET (2012).

The enrolment deadline is 15 September 2013! Application and conditions:

Upcoming events for the Red Note Ensemble (Scotland)

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It's been a long hot summer full of many wonderful things, and this Autumn brings, we hope, many more. To save you from total pleasure overload, we're releasing all the information about our Autumn 2013 season in bite-size chunks. Remember "Fun Size" Mars Bars? This is the programme-announcement strategy equivalent of lots and lots of them in one of those huge bumper packets ...

So, the very first Heads-Up is for the composers. If you'd like to write for our September Noisy Night (yes that's this September!), please send us your music for Trumpet, Viola and 'Cello by 5pm on Monday 23rd September and we will endeavour to perform it at the Traverse Theatre on Monday 30th September at 8pm. Usual rules apply - no piece longer than 5 minutes, you can include a "tape" part: everything sent (parts and score) in pdf format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., please.

As ever, Noisy Nights are free, and fun, and a little bit on the fun side of the edge of reason, so please do come as an audience member to hear what everyone's written - and have a go yourself with the 10 minute composer's challenge during the interval (no previous experience of writing music necessary)!

One more quick heads-up:

Red Note is working with composition students at King's Park Secondary School on Noisy Nights Jr as part of the Glasgow UNESCO City of Music Family Fun Day at City Halls . The line-up for this is exactly the same as for the 30th September (trumpet, viola and 'cello), so if you'd like to hear what they've written for us, please do come by City Halls at 2:30pm on Saturday 28th September.

And another quick heads-up:

Reels to Ragas, our ongoing project with tabla player Kuljit Bhamra goes from strength to strength - we've even recorded a CD (on Keda records - KEDCD41) - which is getting a pre-release event at Club Inegales, 130 North Gower St, London NW1 2NB, on Tuesday 17th September at 7:30pm. If you can't make that, then Reels to Ragas is also visiting the Lammermuir Festival at the Bridge Centre, Poldrate, Haddington, East Lothian on Wednesday 18th September at 10pm, and then Westbourne Music in Glasgow on Thursday 19th September at 12:45 (lunchtime).

Meanwhile, Framed Against the Sky continues apace towards its conclusion at the opening of the sound festival throughout September ... follow progress at

And then, come October and November - many joys! (James Dillon, David Fennessy, Francois Sarhan, Torsten Lauschmann ... and more!)

Latest news from the Fidelio Trio (UK and Ireland)

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Summer festival recitals for The Fidelio Trio included Vale of Glamorgan Festival, City of London Festival at LSO St. Luke's and Walled City Music Festival in Derry on 21st July celebrating UK City of Culture 2013.

The Fidelio Trio's position as Artists-in-Residence at St. Patrick's College Drumcondra, Dublin has been hugely successful including recital broadcasts on RTE Lyric FM and continues this year with activities including a year-long series of concerts as well as the inaugural Fidelio Trio and Friends Winter Festival 1st-3rd November with invited artists, Robert Plane (clarinet) and Patricia Rozario (soprano).  Other UK appearances in 2014 include Belfast Music Society International Festival of Chamber Music (13th Feb), Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (27th Feb) and St. John's Smith Square London (13th March).  They will be holding a strings and piano course at Benslow Music (12th-14th November) and will work with performance students at Leeds College of Music in February 2014.

The Fidelio Trio's next CD release is a portrait disc of Robert Fokkens on Metier Divine Art followed by the initial on-line release (full release in February 2014) by Naxos of 'From Vienna' - Korngold's Piano Trio Op.1 and Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht (arr. Steuermann).

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Translation of Keijo Aho's book "The Art of Chamber Music"

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The English translation of the re-written version of Keijo Aho's book "The Art of Chamber Music" is now ready (contents of the book). The schedule of publishing the translation is still open.



Pianist Giuseppe Devastato in China

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devastato-in-chinaThe Neapolitan pianist Giuseppe Devastato, held his first tour in China in May this year presenting his latest album "The Neapolitan Masters" a work of research about the Neapolitan piano school, with two songs in world premiere: "Largo" by Pergolesi and the "Third romantic suite op.19" Longo.

The pianist held 8 recitals in all the china, lectures and master classes at the Lanzhou University one of the most prestigious in China.

The masterclass was structured in two stages: single execution of the participants with technical aspects and Musical, then in the second part was presented elements of piano posture related to active and passive muscle of the upper limbs, position of the hands and fingers, articulation, legato, weight transfer and sound production related to the art of bel canto.

The masterclass is finished with a short concert by pianist Giuseppe Devastato, playing his Romanza "Homage to Mozart", Leschetizky "Andante Finale de Lucia di Lammermoor, Op.13", Liszt "Ballad in B minor".

Instead in Wuwei City, held a cultural exchange between China and Italy, where the Chinese College Orchestra played traditional music and Devastato played music by Cimarosa, Martucci and Thalberg.

The last day of his tournee, Giuseppe Devastato, has invited as president of jury at the Hong Kong International Piano Open Competition 2013 of Lanzhou.

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Cyprus Music Information Center has published a new CD

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A new CD with chamber music works by Cypriot composers might be of interest to colleagues. The CD is published by the Cyprus Music Information Center. More information available at CyMIC's website and CD can be ordered directly by sending an email to Michalis Karakatsanis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

News from the Fidelio Trio (ECMTA members Mary Dullea and Darragh Morgan)

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Autumn and Spring concerts have seen The Fidelio Trio on a South African tour including a recital for the Johannesburg Music Society, a London recital of American trios by John Harbison, Bright Sheng, Charles Wuorinen and Evan Ziporyn, Bethlehem Chapel, Prague, appearances throughout the UK, New Music Dublin and a short residency at Queen's University Belfast with Robert Plane (clarinet).  Upcoming events include recitals at Vale of Glamorgan Festival (10th May), ensemble-in-residence at Soundings, Austrian Cultural Forum London (14th-17th May, City of London Festival at LSO St. Luke's on 28th June and Walled City Music Festival in Derry on 21st July celebrating UK City of Culture 2013.

The Fidelio Trio's position as artists-in-residence at St. Patrick's College Drumcondra, Dublin has been hugely successful including recital broadcasts on RTE Lyric FM and continues next year including a year-long series of concerts as well as the inaugural Fidelio Trio and Friends Winter Festival 1st-3rd November.

The Fidelio Trio's most recent CD release is Michael Nyman's piano trios launching The Michael Nyman Chamber Music series. Included on the album, Piano Trios 1992-2010, are the premiere recordings of Poczatek (this version made especially for The Fidelio Trio) and The Photography of Chance as well as performances of Yellow Beach and the Joseph Brodsky inspired Time Will Pronounce.
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Presentation of Chamber Music Competitions in Russia

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BZKGood morning, dear colleagues!

My name is Ksenia Bonduryanskaya, I am the Chief of Office for festivals, competitions and special events of Moscow conservatory, our management organizes all competitions and festivals within the walls of Moscow Conservatory.

Today I would like to make a short presentation of the competitions that will be held in the next concert season and will be anyway connected with the chamber performance. So, the Second International Nikolay Rubinstein Competition for chamber ensembles and string quartets, September 2013.

The European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) session at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius, 26 May–1 June 2013

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ECMALAMT1The European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) is an international network connecting 7 European music academies and 3 European music festivals. ECMA was established in 2006 on the initiative of the prominent professors of chamber music and fosterers of this music genre Hatto Bayerle (viola, Germany) and Johannes Meissl (violin, Austria). In 2011, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre was also invited to participate in the activities of the network for its considerable educational achievements in the field of chamber music. The ECMA forges young European talents focusing on established chamber ensembles – string quartets and grand piano trios. The session will provide an opportunity for young and prospective chamber ensembles to improve their skills, to get professional experience from one of the best specialists of chamber music in the world, and to forge international relations that will be useful for the future international concert activities of the ensembles. Each of the seven ECMA member academies operating in Austria, Finland, France, the UK, Norway, Italy and Lithuania, organises master class meetings on chamber music once a year, which ECMA professors and students attend. Alongside the master classes there are lectures on the different courses of chamber music and the visitors can learn about the culture and traditions of chamber music of the receiving country; chamber ensembles participating in the ECMA courses also organise courses and perform and present new programmes of chamber music which they prepare during the session.

News from the Danel Quartet, workshops at the Domaine Rurhof

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Master-Class du 9 au 15 septembre 2013 

Petr Prause (Quatuor Talich) Quatuor
Gilles Millet (Quatuor Danel) Quatuor
Marc Danel (Quatuor Danel) Quatuor et Violon

Nous avons le plaisir de vous faire part de quelques informations au sujet d'événements musicaux qui se dérouleront en Belgique à quelques encablures de Stavelot dans un lieu unique en Belgique, Le domaine Rurhof (

Ce havre de paix, idyllique pour nos rencontres musicales, vous propose 4 périodes de Master-Class de haut niveau. Nos étudiants viennent de l'Europe entière : Bulgarie, Espagne, Autriche, Allemagne, Hollande, France, Belgique...

Le but de ces rendez-vous est de permettre aux jeunes de travailler dans les meilleures conditions possibles afin que chaque instrumentiste, chaque groupe, se sente en " résidence " dans ce lieu de rêve  au coeur des Hautes Fagnes. Tous les quatuors ont leur salle de travail exclusive durant l'entièreté du séjour.

Les Master-class de l'année 2013 proposeront diverses disciplines :  la flûte, la clarinette, le violon, le violoncelle et le quatuor à cordes. Le nombre d'étudiants admis est limité dans le but de maintenir une ambiance calme, conviviale, et intime.

Pour les périodes de mars, juin et novembre, nous prendrons un maximum de 3 ensembles et 6 instrumentistes par professeur.

En septembre 2013, 7 quatuors seront présents, venus des 4 coins de l'Europe. Marc Danel complètera notre session avec 6 violonistes.
Nous aurons aussi l'honneur d'accueillir Petr Prause, violoncelliste du Quatuor Talich pour notre session de septembre.

Le Quatuor Danel donnera 2 concerts le 14 septembre à 20h et le 15 septembre à 11h30 dans la Salle des Lieutenants du Domaine Rurhof.
Le programme se composera d'oeuvres de Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Britten, Weinberg.


The Debussy Quartet Academy/Festival “Cordes en Ballades” - An opportunity to come in France for the summer, July 6-14!

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Every summer the Debussy String Quartet organizes a chamber music academy during the Festival “Cordes en Ballade”. It could be an opportunity for you to come and work with them in France. We offer one scholarship for a foreign string quartet, why not you?

If you are interested, contact us by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Time: 10 days
  • Place: Ardèche (south of France)

This chamberacademy is open to anyone wishing to learn or improve its string quartet skill. The academy and the festival “Cordes en Ballade” are deeply connected.

The participants have exceptional working conditions: each string quartet can have access to a personal practicing room all day long.

Beyond the lessons for the pre-professional string quartets, the academy allows students to acquire meaningful professional and scenic experience, while taking part in rehearsals and concerts of the festival by two configurations:

  • 2 concerts with the chamber orchestra of the festival,
  • And for the best and the most determined string quartets are offered by the Debussy quartet the possibility to perform in the official festival programming.

Further more, the students will have the opportunity to meet the invited artists and attend master classes organized for them.

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