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Finnish chamber music students in Greece!

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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.

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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.

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

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During November of 2010, two masterclasses, with the Gdansk Trio of the Gdansk Music Academy and Per Lundberg from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm were followed by the the 10th Lithuanian composers chamber music performance competition took place in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater Chamber Music Department.

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OnWings Festival Competition for Innovative Concert Presentation for Young Wind Ensembles

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The International Festival of Wind Playing OnWings! is taking place from the 19th until the 21st of May 2011 in the Dutch city of Groningen. Part of this festival is a unique presentation competition. Ensembles can sign up for two or three of these categories:

  • 19.05.2011 children's concert in De Oosterpoort, Groningen;

  • 19./20.05.2011 concert for a regular audience in De Oosterpoort, Groningen;

  • 21.05.2011 concert on a special venue for a new audience in the inner city of Groningen.

In June 2009 OnWings! presented itself for the first time with a grand opening! 55 concerts were given with in total 860 musicians during four fabulous festival days. In this coming edition OnWings! will be even bigger!

Orlando Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary

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 The Orlando Festival, held in and around the beautiful abbey of Rolduc in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, will celebrate its 30th birthday this summer, from 24 July to 7 August 2011.

It will also be the last festival edition of founder and artistic director Stefan Metz. For this special 30th festival edition, seven first prize winners of international string quartet competitions have been invited to perform and teach at Rolduc, among which the Pavel Haas Quartet, Casals Quartet and Quator Danel.

The Art of Chamber Music by Keijo Aho

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Keijo Aho: Kamarimusiikin Taito – ohjaajan opas, [The Art of Chamber Music – a Teacher’s Handbook]

This book provides practical advice and ideas for coaching chamber music. Less preoccupied with the philosophical and esthetical problems of coaching, the focus in this work is on how the musicians and their coach can learn to anticipate challenges and learn to work together, express their creativity and develop their musical thinking. If chamber music were an iceberg, where the visible part is the performance and the invisible part is all the processes before that, we could say that this book is concerned with the parts under water.

The goal is to suggest new ideas and ways of working and thinking in order to better understand the problems which musicians of different instruments and ensembles confront in chamber music studies. The book should help to provide the understanding and courage necessary for the coach to work as well with instruments and ensembles both inside and outside his specific field.

Special chapters are also devoted to analyzing the dynamics of ensemble rehearsing and organization, the question of human relations, learning patterns and strategies, personality differences, concert organizing, and performance anxiety. Numerous techniques for working through the recurrent challenges of ensemble playing and teaching are presented from a myriad of contrasting perspectives. Practical information necessary for understanding each instrument is given, so that a violin teacher, for example, can feel more comfortable coaching a wind ensemble.

Keijo Aho’s work includes an extensive catalogue of repertoire, with special consideration for both Finnish music and for unusual mixed ensembles which might have problems in finding interesting pieces, such as flute, violoncello and keyboard; clarinet, violoncello/viola/ violin; different ensembles with voice, double bass, harp, etc. Of course standard repertoire for basic ensembles of chamber music is also included, as well as many interesting pieces from 20th century for all kinds of ensembles. On the other hand, duos, baroque music, lied and music for younger children are not considered.

The book is published by Classicus (Finland), ISBN 978-952-5854-00-8

Update (Aug 8, 2013) : The translation of the re-written version is now ready (look at the contents). The publisher and schedule of publishing the translation are still open.

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Misceallenous links, etc.

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