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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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Savonlinna Music Academy Summer 2013

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Applications for Chamber Music, Violin and Contrabass Masterclasses are being accepted through the end of May


H. Eller Music Schooll's Chamber Music final exam will take place on June 5th, 2013

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From the H. Eller Music School in Tartu: our school is proud of its ECMTA membership, and our chamber music players are joining the work of the Association. The school's Chamber Music final exam will take place on June 5th, 2013 with the following programme:

  1. L. van Beethoven Sonata for violin and piano no. 4: Mari-Liis Urb and Jan Kapp (prof: Kadri Leivategija)
  2. Ed. Grieg Sonata for violin and piano: Kristina Marfeldt and Jaan Kapp, (prof: Kadri Leivategija)
  3. C.Menotti trio for clarinet, violin and piano: Valdma Kaira, Jim Orro, Karel Cancer (prof: Pille Taniloo)
  4. G.Grigorjeva "Quasi niente", A. Dvorzak Sonatine, M.A.Mateu "Solitude", Part III: Brita Reinmann and Liina Juhanson (see photo)
  5. M. Arnold Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, Birgit Nadezda Bagai: (prof: Janika Sickle)
  6. E.Denisov Sonata for alto saxophone and piano: Rene Laur and Jan Kapp (prof: Ursula Chillaud)

Vocal ensembles coached by Janika Sickle-Rand will also appear in this concert.
The jury will include all of the chamber music teachers, with Natalia Sakkos of the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn as Chairman.


From Creative Learning, Barbican/Guildhall: Art School Lab Workshop

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Arts School Lab 
Barbican Centre
 17 – 28 June 2013

Application process now open. Closing date 6 May 2013.

Arts School Lab 2013 is a two-week summer school focused on collaboration, creativity and encounters with everyday life. It is an intensive learning programme intended to bring together creative people with an active curiosity about ideas and action through the arts.  

Core Tutors include film-maker and director Penny Woolcock, artist and co-founder of muf architecture/art, Katherine Clark.

Christina Cavalli announces podcasts from recent radio broadcasts L'Italia in Valigia

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Dear friends,

I would like to remind you that you can listen to the free podcasts of my radio program by clicking on the following link:

Here you can listen to: Giuseppe Devastato (pianist and composer), Teodora Ristic (pianist), Antonello Novellino (videomaker), Lara Trevisan (photographer), Angelo Rinna (actor) and Cristina Cavalli (pianist).

The Duo Garcia - Esteban announces the Panticosa International Festival "Playing the skies" / Academy 2013

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The Festival born with the spirit of attracting the high peaks of the Pyrenees Aragones, musica and artistic experience from of great international artists.

Our Academy 2013 has a special interest in instrumental and chamber music class, including complementary aspects like the Alexander technique, body & movement, or emotional intelligence for musicians.  We have an Academi 2013 Competition for the best student of Academy or Chamber group.
We offer a discount for chamber music groups.

Information :
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Christina Cavalli announces ChamberArt: summer masterclasses in Madrid

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Dear friends, I would like to inform you about my summer masterclass, next July in Madrid. It's a Piano and Chamber Music course (one of the options or both), and all instruments will participate, with teachers coming from all over the world. The best students will perform in Teatro Ateneo, an historical an prestigious concert hall in Madrid centre.

It will be possible to join only a part of the ten days, and follow the lessons in English, Spanish or Italian.

It is also a wonderful occasion to visit Madrid (in that period it's not too hot) and enjoy its lifestyle, the "movida" and the cultural life. For more information, please contact me personally by email and visit the website.

Thank you very much for your attention and best regards.

Cristina Cavalli

Chamber Music in Italy - artistic director
Mob   (+34) 693 71 48 39 (Spain)
(+39) 328 65 11 661 (Italy)
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