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"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.

37. International Summer Academy for Chamber Music Lower Saxony. 25. August – 15. September 2013

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Application deadline: May 10, 2013
Since more than thirty years, students from all over the world have been celebrating this annual festival of chamber music. Within the historic walls of Kloster Frenswegen, set in the idyllic landscape around the Dutch-German boarder, students of string and wind instruments as well as pianists gather to work intensively, with internationally well-known teachers of chamber music – standard and lesser-known works – in a wide range of instrumental combinations.

Working conditions at the Kloster Frenswegen are ideal; the results of the three-week course are excellent. This summer academy opens various possibilities for a future career: alone in the last years six ensembles that had built the core of their repertoire at the summer academy have won important prizes at international music competitions.

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The 15th International Academic Music Competition in Jūrmala 2014

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Competition takes place in three different categories:

  1. Piano duet (four hands (one or two pianos)
  2. Chamber ensemble (ensemble with pianos: duet, trio, quartet and quintet)
  3. Mix ensemble (combination till eight participants)

Age limit:

  • Group A – 15 to 19 year olds (inclusive)
  • Group B – 20 to 25 year olds (inclusive)

Duration of the programme:

  • Group A – from 20 to 30 minutes
  • Group B – from 30 to 40 minutes

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Festari in Tartu

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festari-2012November 8.-10. 2012, the Tartu H.Elleri NIM. School of Music organised FESTARI, an International chamber music festival. It is long-term collaborative project, which began in 2006, between three music schools: Espoo Music Institute (Finland), Tartu Heino Eller Music School (Estonia) and Jazep Medinši Music School No.1. Riga (Latvia). The Festival was attended by students aged 8 to 25. The main goal of the festival is to increase the appreciation of chamber music among young people, but it also aims to improve pedagogical experience and music education for teachers.

62 students participated in the festival, and in addition to the schools in Espoo, Tartu, Riga, students from other music schools in Tallinn also attended (Tallinn G. Ots Music School). There were four full-length concert in Tartu concert halls and master classes with Natalya Sakkos (Estonian Music and Theatre Academy) and Professor Petras Kunca (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre). Prof. Kunca also gave a lecture entitled "Chamber Music Teaching: Communication Psychology aspects of the concept of empathy and chamber music teaching and learning. " FESTARI has become an important international chamber music event and over the years has proven to be a sustainable part of the pedagogical landscape in the Baltic region.

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The Savonlinna Music Academy, Artistic Director professor Ralf Gothóni announces its summer 2013 masterclass calendar

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More information + applications:

  • Opera I June 24 – July 2
    Kammersänger, professor Tom Krause (Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain)
  • Opera II June 28 – July 4
    The Artistic Director of Savonlinna Opera Festival, tenor Jorma Silvasti (Finland)
  • Contrabass July 8 – July 15
    Jiri Parviainen (Sibelius Academy, Finland)
  • Chamber Music, Violin, Viola & Cello July 16 – July 26
    Members of Orpheus String Quartet:
    Mark Gothóni, Timothy Summers, Emile Cantor & Laurentiu Sbarcea
  • Violin July 19 – July 26
    Professor Mi-kyung Lee (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, Germany)
  • Music Technology and Recording July 20 – July 26
    Professor Malte Kob (Hochschule für Musik Detmold, Germany)
    Markku Veijonsuo (Sibelius Academy, Finland)
  • German Lied July 28 – August 3
    Professor Hartmut Höll (Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • Piano August 9 – August 13
    Paavali Jumppanen (Finland)

The pedagogical activities of the Debussy Quartet

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I. Debussy quartet courses in the conservatory of Lyon: After the November audition, they are honoured to announce the ensembles chosen for the second cycle are: the Sendrez Quartet and the Eode Quartet. These young musicians begin this cycle who will benefits from exceptional opportunities, that continue the Varèse Quartet for the second year.

II. The Debussy Workshop: As a prelude of the Epau festival, May 17th to 20th, the Debussy Quartet proposes 3 days of intensive practice for experienced quartets, students from high-level conservatoires, or already young musicians preparing international competitions.

III. The Summer academy: The Debussy Quartet’s summer academy will be from 6th to 14th July 2013 in Ardeche (France). This academy is an inseperable part of the Festival “Cordes en Ballade”. This is an opportunity to discover other pre-formed quartets, as well as other musicians, and to learn with Debussy Quartet or other invited artists.

Home Pit(ch): Chamber Music Competition for Amateur Musicians

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With support from the Deutsche Mozart Gesellschaft, the first Home pit(ch) competition for Music Amateurs was organized Oct 18-22 in Augsburg. Vice-Chairman Keijo Aho served in the jury, and the ECMTA was an official partner for the competition.

17 ensembles from Germany, Austria, Belgium, and China participated, ranging in age from 7 to 73. Contestants

Read Vice-Chairman Keijo Aho’s report of the event >>

Kamermuziek Atelier Delft

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Around 70 participants (from amateurs of all ages, conservatorystudents and professional musicians) joined the last Kamermuziek Atelier Delft in the Netherlands. This intensive chambermusic workshop takes place every year in the unique ambiance of the International Delft Chamber Music Festival. Next year the fifth edition will take place from 31th July to 4th August.

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Rubens Quartet

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nl12_Mozart-CD-cover-previewOver the past seasons, the Rubens Quartet has enjoyed many performances full of inspiration with flutist Marieke Schneemann and therefore they have recorded the four Mozart flute quartets together in Schiedam in May 2012, in two special live recording sessions/concerts. Go to to order your very own copy today and read more about the collaboration (click on 'News').  The CD is also available for download via itunes and

Chamber Music activities at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

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The start of 2012/13 at Guildhall School of Music and Drama has been brimming with chamber music activity. Alongside our regular visiting quartets, Belcea and Endellion, improvisation workshops with David Dolan and performance presentation work with our drama school, the students have had some incredibly inspiring and thought-provoking masterclasses with guest artists Erich Hobarth, Ferenc Rados, and new permanent faculty member Levon Chilingirian. Last year’s brilliant Fellowship ensemble, the Heath Quartet, also continued to visit the school to give masterclass sessions as part of their professional development scheme.

Two very successful teaching and coaching exchange trips have taken place. Our school of WBP sent a wind Quintet to Gottenburg to receive coaching. In Strings, Alasdair Tait and Louise Hopkins accompanied the Trio Isimsiz to Mozarteum in Salzburg. While they gave masterclass, the trio received a week of inspiring teaching from Mozarteum faculty, including Wolfgang Redik and Thomas Riebl.

There are more than fifty regular groups ranging from the more traditional String Quartets and Piano Trios to mixed ensembles such as Clarinet Trios, 'Schubert Octet' groups and ensembles with harp, in addition to a number of project-based ensembles. Much emphasis is placed on the challenges of organisation within groups and the importance of efficient rehearsal techniques, since the demands on the individual while studying are inevitably high and multi-faceted.

The first in a series of annual "Viola Days" at the Guildhall resulted in the creation of a dozen viola ensembles, from duos to octets, providing not only a chance to showcase the versatility of the viola students at the GSMD but also to highlight the strength and depth of repertoire for viola ensemble. Such works also offered the chance for students and coaches to work both on instrument-specific issues as well as chamber music skills in a way that is not normally possible with mixed ensembles.

With an average of two days per week of visiting chamber music coaching and masterclasses, the term proved one of the busiest ever; it also marked a new level of intensity of chamber music provision for double bassists at the Guildhall, with the formation of a number of bass ensembles and coaching sessions with bass emphasis working on chamber reductions of Haydn Symphonies.

Student performances have included three high-profile concerts in the Barbican Centre main hall – wind music of Mozart and string/piano music of Dvorak and Schumann – and a full day devoted to the vocal and chamber music of Catalan composers (Montsalvatge, Toldra, Mompou)

Overall, the most intensive and exciting term yet!