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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.

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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
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(+39) 328 65 11 661 (Italy)
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Michael Tsalka announces upcoming concerts

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Michael Tsalka´s upcoming chamber music performances include the Ravel Piano Trio, the Schubert Piano Trio Op. 99, a world premiere of a Sonata for harpsichord and fortepiano by American composer Max Yount, an evening of Mandolin and Piano music with repertoire ranging from early Barouqe to contemporary,  a Two pianos program presenting pieces by Schubert, Brahms, and Lutuslawsky, and a world premiere recording of Symphonies transcribed for four hands by Dittersdorf for the Naxos/Grand Piano label. 

These performances and recordings will take place in Greece, Finland, Israel, Sweden, Holland, Taiwan, China, and Austria.

The Piano Duo Maxim Puryzhinskiy- Irina Silivanova announces upcoming concerts and masterclasses

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>> Kurgan – 14.03.2013
Kurgan philharmonic
Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Gershwin
  >> Tyumen – 15.03.2013
Tyumen philharmonic
Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Gershwin

>> Belgorod – 20.03.2013
Belgorod philharmonic
Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov


>> Samara – 25.03.2013
Debussy, Dukas, Chabrier, Ravel, Poulenc

>> Novokuibyshevsk – 26.03.2013
Debussy, Dukas, Chabrier, Ravel, Poulenc
  >> Pochvistnevo – 27.03.2013
Schubert, Tchaikovskiy, Brahms
>> Warsaw (Poland) – 09.04.2013
Masterclass in Chopin University
  >> Lodz (Poland) – 12.04.2013
Lodz Philharmonic
Concerts for two pianos with orchestra
Mozart, Poulenc

>> Moscow – 07.05.2013
Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow conservatory
Festival of arts "Art-November"
Brahms - composer's birthday


>> Arkhangelsk – 23.05.2013
Arkhangelsk region philharmonic
Symphonic masterpieces

ECMTA Vice-Chairman Keijo Aho also contributes this report on the Vmeste-Together! Festival in Petrozavodsk

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Vmeste! Together!
International Youth Festival in Petrodzavodsk in 26. - 28.3.2013

Already since 2009 there has arranged a festival called "Together" for professionals and amateurs, adults and children in Petrodzavodsk, in Russian side of Carelia. Each year there has been a different theme in the festival and this year it was "Mozart of the III Century". Next year the festival will concentrate on chamber music.

The main organizer of the event has been an institutional member of ECMTA, Mily Balakirev Children School of Arts in co- operation with other music institutions of the city.

"Mozart of the III millennium" competition for young musicians in Petrozavodsk

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The contest of young performers "Mozart of the third millennium" was held in Petrozavodsk (Russia) within the framework of the festival movement "Vmeste - Together!" 2013. The holders of the competition were the Department of Culture of the Administration of Petrozavodsk, Mily Balakirev Children's School of the Arts, Petrozavodsk. The competition of young performers was supported by the European Chamber Music Teacher Association.

Trondheim Chamber Music Festival presents 7th TRONDHEIM INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER MUSIC COMPETITION for String Quartets - 24 – 29 September 2013

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The competition is open to String Quartets from all over the world. With attractive prizes, both cash prizes and festival engagements in 2014, we hope that the competition can act as a springboard to a further career in chamber music. The competition is held during Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

Application deadline: 20 April 2013

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Press release Orlando Festival 2013

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The Orlando Festival is the oldest chamber music festival in the Netherlands. Its special formula, the high level of proficiency of musicians and ensembles, its beautiful location and its exciting concert program make this festival unique and appealing to many musicians. Since 1982 chamber music lovers from all over the world gather in the 16th century abbey of Rolduc (Kerkrade, South of the Netherlands). Here they enjoy the public lessons given to talented young professionals, amateurs and youth ensembles. One of the key elements of this festival is that everyone; professionals, amateurs, adult and young musicians stay together in Rolduc. Every evening there are concerts in the theatres of Heerlen and Kerkrade, but there are also numerous concerts in the surrounding area by the 'Masters' as well as their students.

New co-operation: Netherlands StringQuartet Academy & Conservatorium van Amsterdam

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The Netherlands StringQuartet Academy (NSQA) and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA) have started a structural co-operation in the field of string quartet education. Both organizations now jointly offer a string quartet specialization at Master level, with a preceding Bachelor year. With this joining of forces NSQA and CvA hope to stimulate the string quartet playing in The Netherlands even further.

It is the first time that a Dutch conservatorium offers a string quartet specialization on such a structural basis. In European context too the new string quartet-Master takes in a special position; the Conservatorium of Amsterdam thus follows in the footsteps of many American universities.

The NSQA and CvA see the new co-operation as a perfect match and hope to give a structural impulse to string quartet playing in and outside The Netherlands. The co-operation with the NSQA fits in the CvA-strategy to offer practice-oriented education at the highest level. Marc Danel, first violinist of the Brussels based Danel Quartet and artistic leader/principal tutor at the Netherlands StringQuartet Academy, will be artistically responsible for the new string quartet program. Meanwhile two new quartets, the Fenrych and the Acanthus Quartet, have started in the Bachelor program.

Besides the co-operation with the CvA the NSQA will, as its ministerial subsidies will be stopped from the start of 2013 through alternative financial means, independently keep offering the two year post academic program, including monthly international masterclasses. With the post academic program the NSQA aims to built a bridge between conservatorium education and the concert practice. Previously the Dutch Matangi Quartet, the Rubens Quartet and the Ragazze Quartet studied in the post academic program. Currently the Dudok Quartet (2nd Prize winners at the recent 6th Internationaler Joseph Joachim Kammermusikwettbewerb in Weimar) participates in the two year post academic program.

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Filippo Faes will hold a masterclass in Rostock

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Filippo Faes will hold a masterclass in Rostock, at the end of August (piano + chamber music, with the possibility of rehearsing and playing with the orchestra) Read more >>

He will also be leading a series of multidisciplinary concert lectures (Sparks). More information >>

News from the Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona: Italian String Quartet Spring

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Since October 2012 Walter Stauffer Academy in Cremona has launched second year Specialization Course for String Quartet, held by Quartetto di Cremona, in residence at Fondazione Teatro Ponchielli, which hosts all the lessons from October to June.

Again a high number of enrolments for this second academic year: nine groups overall, divided in seven string quartets, one piano quartet and one string trio.

So many applications are the proof that young musicians are still eager to undertake the study of the wide chamber music repertoire, although the huge crisis in this sector as well as in Italian musical culture.

The nine groups, created long before the enrolment, express the strong wish to maintain the Italian chamber music tradition still alive, seriously and professionally dealing with a life "as a Quartet".

Four of the quartets enrolled in 2012-2013 had already attended the specialization course during academic year 2011-2012, meeting with unanimous success both at Teatro Ponchielli in occasion of the concert "Omaggio a Cremona" (May 2012) and in many Italian concert societies.

Among the most important achievements, Quartetto Noûs is really worth mentioning. In a few months this young string quartet has already gained a great success debuting in the season "I Concerti del Quirinale" (Quirinale's Concerts) in Rome (concert live broadcasted on national Rai-Radio 3) and invited by Amici della Musica (Friends of Music) in Palermo. Moreover, Quartetto Noûs, the only Italian chamber group among seventy-four from all over the world, has been recently selected by Monteleón Chamber Music Festival in León (Spain) to perform in various concerts during December.

In the upcoming months many of the quartets enrolled at Stauffer Academy will be involved in concerts in several Italian concert halls. Thus demonstrating that in our country there is still place for institutions wishing to help young chamber groups in learning by direct experience on stage which is one of the most important part of musical training.

In just two years Stauffer Academy has been confirmed as an outstanding educational institution also for string quartet, offering high level courses completely charge-free.

Upon request and for a limited number of people, listeners are admitted at Quartetto di Cremona's lessons at Teatro Ponchielli.