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A report of chamber music activities in at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

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LMTA-Main-building-previewLithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre was established 78 years ago. There are over 900 students studying and some 450 professors working at two Faculties: Music and Theater.

There are 530 students studying and 230 professors working in Music Faculty.

I will shortly introduce you to the activity of our department of the last two years.


The Chamber Music Department was established 47 years ago. There are 12 professors working in the department. The core of the department professors collective is the former and present members of the Vilnius string quartet, the laureate of Lithuanian National premium and The Baltic Assembly Award. The great musicians of the younger generation, laureats of international competitions begin their work as lecturers alongside with the experienced professors.

The base of the program is the studies for piano, strings and wind instruments students. The department also has a chamber music master’s curriculum for postgraduates of piano, strings and wind instruments, also folk instruments and the accordion. The unique thing about our department is that we teach the subject of the strings quartet as well. Old music studies also take place in the Department. Invited professors and performers lead old music masterclasses.

Students and graduates of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre play in the Lithuanian chamber music orchestra, St. Christopher chamber music orchestra and symphonic and chamber orchestras of the major cities of the country, in the string quartets Vilnius, Čiurlionis, Chordos and ArtVio, piano trios Armonas Trio, Kaskados and FortVio, as well as in other chamber music ensembles of varying composition.

In 1999 the Chamber Music Department began to organize the Competition of Lithuanian chamber music performance. Every year about ten chamber music ensembles of varying composition enter the competition. In 2010 already 10th competition took place.

In 2010 Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater together with Lithuanian Ministry of Culture organized and led the 6th International Stasys Vainiūnas piano and Chamber Ensemble Competition. The winners were Piano quintets from Lithuanian Academy and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Students of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre participate in the International Students' Chamber Music Festival , which began forty years ago in the conservatoires of Baltic states and now travel around the Baltic sea. In 2008 the festival took place in Vilnius, in 2009 in Riga, in 2010 in Stuttgart. The next festival will take place in 2012 in Tallinn.

The student ensembles participate in various European festivals. For example, student string quartet performed with success in Harmos festival in Porto (Portugal) in March.

Every year more and more students participate in ERASMUS student exchange program. This year 11 exchange students from 7 universities and academies of Europe study in the academy, even four of them are from Italy.

The studies are enriched by our ties with professors from European universities that teach masterclasses at the Chamber Music Department. We have close ties with professors G.Sproge, J.Maleckis from the Latvian and M.Reimann, M.Lohuaru, N.Sakos from the Estonia academies of music as well as A.Bondurianski from the Moscow Conservatoire.

The-staff-LTMA-Department-previewOn top of that, over the past three years our students have had masterclasses taught by M.Soisaari-Turiago (Finland), S. Metz (the Netherlands), A.Tait (the United Kingdom), Sh.Rudiakov, I.Gronich, R.Baldini, G.Franke (Germany), A.Balk-Moller (Denmark), E.Lahesmaa (Finland), A.Prabucka-Firlej, K.Spersky (Poland), P.Lundberg (Sweden), S.Rossi (Italy.)

We also share a close bond of friendship and cooperation with Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Every year, this university invites our students to its Intenational summer academy Wien-Prag-Budapest. Professors W.Klos, A.Koujoumdjijan, J.Meissl, P.Schuhmayer continuously host masterclasses for the students of the Chamber music department and the string instruments department of our Academy and have acted as presidents of the jury in different national and international competitions and the final exams at the Academy.

We are extremely glad we have been invited to become a member of the ECMA and the Joint European Master in Chamber Music programme.

Chamber Music Department of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre is already a member of two European associations. That is a very high appreciation of our Department achievements in developing chamber music and a great honour.

We ensure our effort in the further cooperation in ECMTA and I hope we will live up to your confidence in us.


Prof. Dalia Balsytė
Head of the Chamber Music Department,
Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre