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A preliminary report on the 2nd Musikuokime Drauge Festival/Workshop in at the V. Jakubenas Music School in Birzhai, Sept 6-8

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22 mixed ensembles (duos to septets) of children from children’s music schools across Lithuania gathered at the V. Jakubenas music school in Birzhai for an intensive chamber music workshop and festival September 6-8, 2012. The workshop/festival included teachers not only from important music schools in Lithuania, but also included representatives from Latvia and the United Kingdom. The project received support from the Lithuanian Musicians’ Union, which was represented by its dynamic and creative President, the composer Audronė ŽIGAITYTĖ-NEKROŠIENĖ. The Musicians’ Union presented gifts to participating ensembles and their teachers, and demonstrated the commitment of musicians to the development of a love of chamber music in young people. The significance of the event was also underlined by the presence of local and national television filming both recorded and live interviews and lessons during the weekend.

The 7th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy 2012

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We are honoured to announce the ensembles chosen for the 7th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy 2012.

  • Zelkova Quartet (UK)
  • Arbellio Quartet (UK)
  • Pierrot Quartet (Germany)
  • Jubilee Quartet (UK)
  • Trio Patetico (Norway)

TICA-ensembles-2012-previewThe young musicians’ level of playing is amazingly high, and applications have come in from all over the world, as far away as Azerbaijan and Colombia. The combination of internationally renowned instructors and an exciting festival running parallel is being noticed internationally, and during this week Trondheim is becoming an international meeting ground for young professional and student string quartet.

The four quartets were selected from several applications from all over the world. The Norwegian Trio Patetico is specially invited after winning the competition Norwegian Young Musicians 2011. Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy takes place 18 - 23 September as part of Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.  String quartets from all over the world are welcome to apply for the academy, which focuses on advanced student quartets and young professional quartets.

Hatto Beyerle is Academy leader 2012. Other Instructors are Quatuor Ebène, pianist Gunilla Süssmann and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The academy offers a unique opportunity with a combination of Master classes and playing chamber music together with the instructors. The Academy takes part as Trondheim Chamber Music Festival 2012, and the Academy’s closing concert on Sunday 23 September is part of the festival’s programme.

One of the groups will be chosen to go straight on to next year’s Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition, where they will be competing for attractive prizes and concert engagements.
New of 2012 is that Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition has become a part of the World Federation of International Music Competitions, a global network of music competiton.

The Fondacion Monteleón calls for applicant to participate in a chamber music festival for young chamber ensembles December 7-13, 2012

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The Fondacion Monteleón calls for applicant to participate in a chamber music festival for young chamber ensembles December 7-13, 2012. The deadline for the next edition was August 30th, but interested ensembles can still contact the Fondacion for information and should put this event on their calendars for next season.

New ECMTA member Michael Tsalka reports on his recent concert and recording activities

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Tsalka's recent chamber music performances were with flutist Oksana Sinkova, violinist Hugo Ticciati, cellist Dmitry Eremin, keyboard performer Sonia Lee and pianist Maria Teresa Frenk, at the Bellas Artes Theather in Mexico City, the Hermitage Festival in St. Petersburg, the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the Israeli and Hong Kong radios, the Town Hall in Tallinn, and St. Denis Festival in Paris. 

Tsalka has also been performing and teaching extensively (Stockholm, Tel-Aviv, Helsinki) and is pleased to announce several CD releases:

  • Grand Piano/Naxos label. CDs 1 and 2 (from 5) were just released. A critical edition of works performed by Artaria Editions will follow.
  • A world premiere recordings of Daniel Gottlob Tuerk's Keyboard Sonatas (1750-1813)
  • Performed on five historical Keyboard Instruments (which were also never recorded before)

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Pro Corda launches a Fellowship programme for chamber music pedagogy

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Pro Corda, the International Chamber Music Academy, has recently launched an innovative Chamber Music Coaching Fellowship scheme, thanks to generous sponsorship from the Leverhulme Trust. The scheme was launched in May and is the first of its kind in Europe to offer Fellowship holders coaching experience across an age progressive range of chamber music courses from age 8 to 18. The scheme appoints 6 fellows each year based on interview and auditions. Applications are taken from Conservatoires and Universities from across the United Kingdom. Placements last 2 years and allow fellows to gain extensive and intensive experience on top of their existing undergraduate or postgraduate study. As well as the course placements ( which themselves lead to guaranteed fully paid coaching work,) the Pro Corda/ Leverhulme fellows also gain experience adjudicating within the National Chamber Music Festival for Schools operated by Pro Corda. If they wish, they can also have involvement within Pro Corda's many outreach programmes - all of which draw on the core ethos of small ensemble training.

Between courses and placements, fellows receive tutorials and workshop sessions developing areas such as how to use improvisation and creative work within chamber music coaching, together with teaching techniques such as Dalcroze Eurythmics.

For more information about the Pro Corda/ Leverhulme fellowship scheme, please contact Pro Corda's CEO and Artistic Director, Andrew Quartermain, by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Pro Corda office on 01728 831354.


A report on the Pro Corda Intermediate workshop August 8-18 2012

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Founded in 1969, Pro Corda is, in the United Kingdom, synonymous with the practice of chamber music. Currently running residential courses for children ages 8 to 18 and non residential courses for children 5 to 10, Pro Corda has for generations been contributing to the development of a community of chamber musicians. Courses are organized by age groups throughout the year, and it is not uncommon for young people to return to the courses over a dozen times, slowly progressing through the different age levels to reach the senior course. In a society in which music education is not available through a conservatory system as exists in many other European countries, Pro Corda has provided a framework for the regular training of young musicians in a broad range of repertoire and ensemble skills. 

Michael Flaksman (Hochschule für Musik Mannheim and ECMTA Board member) announces workshops and festival in Slovenia and Italy

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Chamber Music Competitions in Lithuania

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The activity of Chamber Ensemble Department of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre remains very active. Studies are constantly supplemented with student concerts, competitions and master courses of arriving foreign professors. There were six chamber music master classes organized this year, forty chamber ensembles and string quartets participated in them. The courses were led by prof. G. Sproge (Latvian Academy), prof. W. Klos (UDK, Austria) and prof. K. Aho (Metropolia University, Finland). For the first time, courses were held for chamber guitar ensemble. They were led by prof. H.Maetlik (Estonia MTA) and prof. E. Rosella (Montovos Conservatory, Italy). Next week masterclass of prof. M. Fernandes (UDK, Austria) will take place. Both the professors and the students of the department are very grateful to the colleagues that led the master classes for valuable remarks and inspiration for the search of musical self-expression.

Report on the International Student Chamber Music in Tallinn

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Professor Piret Vainmaa has written a report on the the International Student Chamber Music Festival for 'In Corpore', the Estonian Chamber Music Teachers' Association.

Report on the ECMTA Annual meeting in Tallinn

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Professor Piret Vainmaa has written a report on the ECMTA Annual meeting in Tallinn for 'In Corpore', the Estonian Chamber Music Teachers' Association.

Estonian Chamber Music: Performers and Composers

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Professor Urve Lippus (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre) presented a conference on 20th-century Estonian composers of chamber music at the ECMTA Annual meeting in Tallinn.

The Orlando Festival, academies for young professionals, students, and amateur musicians

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We are especially looking for students to participate in the Orlando Academy. More information about the Academy you will find by clicking on the following link:

Narnia Music Camp in Umbria

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From Aldo Campagnari, a summer camp for musicians with techers from Europe and USA running between 1 and 22 July 2012 in Umbria.

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Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Establishing New Chamber Music Department

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For the 2012-2013 academic year the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole is establishing a new Chamber Music Department with the following professors: Bruno Canino, Natalia Gutman, Andrea Lucchesini, Trio di Parma, Pavel Vernikov.

Each participating group can have lessons with one professor or various lessons with all members of the Department. The new Department is part of an exchange project with HEMU of Sion, Switzerland, director: Jan Dobrzelewski.

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Fondazione Scuola di Musica di Fiesole O.n.l.u.s.

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We Play Music with Friends - 10th Anniversary

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We Play Music with Friends celebrates the 10th anniversary of its annual Festival/Competition for young performers. For complete information about this year's events: