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Summer Courses in Warsaw

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From Maja Nosowka (F. Chopin University of Music, Warsaw). Summer Courses in Warsaw in August for different instruments, vocal and piano chamber music as well as composition and jazz improvisation.

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3rd N.Rubinstein Chamber ensemble and string quartets competition

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Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory is proud to present the 3rd N.Rubinstein Chamber ensemble and string quartets competition named after the founder of the Conservatory. The competition will take place at the end of September 2013. All information can be found on

3rd Tatiana Gaidamovich Chamber ensemble competition

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As a co-organizer Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory presents the 3rd Tatiana Gaidamovich Chamber ensemble competition. Tatiana Gaidamovich was an absolutely extraordinary person – musicologist, scientist, writer, and teacher. For many years she was one of the leading chamber ensemble professors in the Moscow Conservatory, training hundreds of student, among them Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Bonduryansky, among others.

The competition will take place at the Mikhail Glinka Magnitogorsk Conservatory, 1-5 December 2012. The deadline is 1 September 2012. Further information can be found on

FIAMPSE Akademie Spain 2012

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VIII International Forum For High Musical Development in Southern Europe will be held August 9-17, 2012. The meeting has been created in order to bring together young students from all over the world. It is a place where professors, students, artists and public gather around music, lutherie and fine arts, developing a cultural and artistic exchange through concerts, exhibitions and masterclasses.


  • Massimo Paris (Viola and Chamber Music)
    August 9th to 17th
  • Michael Wolf (Doublebass and Chamber Music)
    August 9th to 17th
  • Concerto Malaga, resident orchestra

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Chamber Ensemble Summer School in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

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We have received notification that the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama has changed its name to Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the following announcement for their 2012 Chamber Ensemble Summer School.

  • Chamber Ensemble
  • 6-10 August (5-days)
  • £450 per trio, £600 per quartet and £100 per performer thereafter
  • Robert Irvine, Jacqueline Shave and Jane Atkins

Throughout this intensive summer school you will supported by the expert teachers of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. This team of experienced performers and practitioners is world-renowned and their teaching practice is well established within the UK conservatoire setting.

This five-day summer school is for existing chamber ensembles who wish to study intensively together and alongside other string trios, quartets, quintets and sextets in the development of high quality performance practice.

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Membership Category for Chamber Ensembles!

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ECMTA can now accept as a full member any chamber ensemble with 2 to 5 members, possessing a legal identity and engaged in significant pedagogical activity. Membership fees are 100 euros for the year, and entitles the ensemble to two votes in the General assembly. Our membership forms on the website have been modified, and paper copies can be modified by hand.

Orlando Festival announces its 31st season. Applications are now open for ensembles of all proficiency levels, amateur and professional, young and old.

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Orlando Festival 2012 – enlist now!

People can now enlist for the Orlando Festival. Musicians form all ages and proficiency levels come together in the beautiful abbey of Rolduc from the 10th until the 19th of August. Amateur ensembles, professional ensembles, adults and youngsters; nine days everybody enjoys chamber music in all its splendour. The ensembles receive lessons during the day from professionals who in their turn perform in concerts at night in the theatres of Kerkrade and Heerlen (South of the Netherlands). At Rolduc there are, besides the lessons and master classes, workshops, inspirational lectures, several meet&greet opportunities, concerts and more.

Conference and Roundtable at the Guildhall School: Beyond Text – Creativity in Repertoire Performance

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Dr David Dolan, Head of the Centre for Creative Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, will participate in an interdisciplinary conference on improvisation in artistic performance on March 15. (take a look at the poster)

The I'M Piano Duo (Moscow) is prizewinner at the 5th International Piano Duo Competition in Bialystok (Poland)

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The I’M Piano Duo, which ECMTA member Maxim Puryzhinskiy, participated the 5th International Piano Duo Competition, last September in Bialystok (Poland). It is one of the most important events in musical life in Poland and the biggest competition for piano duets in Eastern Europe, which attracts constant interest from both the public and musicians. This year there were 35 applicants from 16 countries. The Jury selected 5 teams from Korea, Ukraine, Georgia and Russia to perform in the final round. After the third round, the Jury awarded the 2nd Prize and Prize for the best performance of the ‛Variations on Paganini’s Theme‛ by V.Lutoslawski to I’M Piano Duo – Irina Silivanova, Maxim Puryzhinskiy – ECMTA member since 2010. The jury included ECMTA board member Anna Prabucka-Firlej – More information can be found at and

Chamber Competitions in Russia in 2012 and 2013

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  • The 3rd International T. A. Gajdamovich Chamber Ensemble Performance Competition, will be held in Magnitogorsk, Russia in December 2012. Information on the 2nd edition of this competition can be found on this website, but consult the website for updated information arriving soon:
  • The 3rd International Nikolay Rubinstein Chamber Ensemble Competition will be held at the Moscow Conservatory in September 2013. Information will be available soon at

Concerto Malága continues its concert season

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After a successful concert tour of Germany, which included their debut in the Berlin Philharmoniker and a recording for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon, Concerto Málaga continued on February 12th with the second concert of their series VIII "CIVE - Cycle The Four Seasons" conducted by Massimo Paris.

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6th issue of e-journal "We Play Music With Friends"

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The 6th issue of the e-journal of “We Play Music with Friends” will be coming out at the beginning of March. Articles will include an Artistic Portrait in honor of Professor Petras Kunca, Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and Board member of ECMTA.

Festival Viana 2012

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After its first successful season, the 2012 edition of the Festival Viana will bring Tedi Papavrami, Diemut Poppen, Tim Hugh and the Carmina Quartet.

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Savonlinna Music Academy - Summer 2012 programme

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  • Chamber Music Master Class August 10 – August 19
  • Master Class for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello August 10 – August 19
  • Master Class for Opera I June 25 – July 3
  • Master Class for Opera II July 2 – July 8
  • Master Class for Opera III July 4 – July 11
  • Master Class for Contrabass July 8 – July 15
  • Master Class for Violin July 12 – July 20
  • French Melodies and French / German Chanson & German Lied Master Class July 26 – August 1
  • Master Class for Music Technology August 10 – August 19

Report from the Chamber Music Department of the Guildhall School

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The spring term has been exceptionally inspiring and intense for chamber music at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Our students have benefited from coachings and masterclasses with Takacs Quartet, StringQuartetStLukes-previewBelcea Quartet, Endellion Quartet, Heath Quartet, Ursula Smith (Zehtmair Quartet), Gary Hoffman and Carole Presland. Our wind groups have series of sessions on historical practices planned with Tony Pay and our series of Barbican Pre-London Symphony Orchestra concerts continue to provide our most senior groups with the chance to perform on one of the world's leading concert platforms. In collaboration with LSO, we were honoured to present our students in a unique masterclass given by Anne-Sophie Mutter, Andre Previn and Daniel Muller-Schott. All in all, a remarkable and stimulating term of chamber music in the heart of the City of London!

Alasdair Tait, Head of Chamber Music