Chamber music – crossing borders
Chamber music ensembles from all over the world are invited to apply when the European Chamber Music Master Programme (ECMAster) launches next autumn. The advanced two-year programme is a collaborative effort between seven of the most prominent higher music education institutions across Europe.
The final transition into the music profession
“There is really nothing like this programme elsewhere. It is very much like a finishing school for ensembles, helping some of Europe’s top young chamber musicians make the final transition into the music profession,” says Professor Linda Merrick, Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM), a partner in the ECMAster programme.
The partner institutions include the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW), the Paris Conservatoire of Music and Dance (CNSMDP), the Fiesole School of Music in Italy (SMF), the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (KC), the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA), and the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) in Oslo. A maximum of one ensemble per partner institution will be accepted each year.
A unique opportunity for both human and artistic development
“There is a huge potential for using the expertise spread throughout the European schools. The combination of mentoring and supervision throughout the course programme gives a unique opportunity for both human and artistic development,” says Johannes Meissl, Artistic Director of ECMA, and professor of chamber music at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
As part of the ECMAster, students will spend two semesters at their home institution and two semesters split between two of the participating partner institutions. Students will thus be able to experience the expertise, culture and tradition of three separate institutions, and gain valuable access to a wider European network.
A collaboration between European music universities
The ECMAster is an extension of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), a collaboration between European music universities, conservatoires and festivals in the field of chamber music. Since its establishment in 2004, ECMA has been providing regular chamber music sessions, workshops and concert performances across Europe. ECMA is continuously mentoring the artistic development of a number of young professional ensembles which have successfully established themselves in the international music scene.
“The programme is extraordinary because it is a truly European endeavour,” says Johannes Meissl. “The different cultural backgrounds and heritages will be accessible to the ECMAster students, and they will receive the benefits of engaging with leading innovative initiatives throughout Europe.”
Focus on the artistic intentions
The ECMAster will focus on the development of each ensemble’s artistic intentions and abilities, along with the individual student’s artistic self-expression, musical presentation, and technical skills. In order to be eligible to apply for the programme, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in music performance or have the equivalent qualification.
The complete master’s degree programme consists of 120 credits.