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European Chamber Music Master (ECMAster)

Programme Length

2 years (120 ECTS credits)

Language of Instruction


Application Deadline

15 December. Online application (SøknadsWeb) opens 1 November.

Application and auditions

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements on the bottom of the page

Programme Description

European Chamber Music Master (ECMAster) is a new prestigious two-year programme that provides established chamber music ensembles the opportunity for intensive chamber music studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music and up to six other leading European institutions. The programme is developed by the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) with assistance from ERASMUS+.

The programme has a joint programme description and structure that applies to all institutions. Students will experience training in chamber music to a professional level, develop their knowledge of the repertoire, refine their artistic and technical skills on their principal instrument and their ability to convey musical expression as an ensemble musician. The students complete their entire master's programme as part of the ensemble.

All ECMAster students spend semesters 1 and 4 at NMH and semesters 2 and 3 at two different host institutions. Is this way students will benefit from the expertise of at least three institutions, as well as gaining access to a European chamber music network through ECMA.

The European Chamber Music Master is a part of the Master of Music Performance Programme at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Host instututions in semesters 2 and 3

All ECMAster students will spend semesters1 and 4 at NMH and semesters 2 and 3 at two different host institutions 

Semester 2 at either:

Semester 3 at either:

You can read a general programme description for ECMAster here


logo ECMAECMA is an association of European music universities, conservatoires and festivals in the field of chamber music. Within the ECMA-programme, the partner institutions host regular sessions throughout the year in different places all over Europe. Renowned tutors work intensively with selected young professional ensembles who are receiving on-going training and additional creative impulses through lectures, round tables and interdisciplinary workshops. The annual ECMA session takes place at NMH the week after easter. 

Students on Exchange to NMH in semester 2

Students exchanging in to the Norwegian Academy of Music in Semester 2 will take one major course of 20 ECTS credit and two complementary courses (5 ETCS credits). The topic Chamber music and ECMA IP (20 ETCS) focuses on developing the ensembles artistic and technical skills both on their principal instrument and as an ensemble. Contemporary music and commission work (5ETCS credits) will teach students to collaborate with composers as well as strengthen contemporary music interpretation skills. The socially responsive musician (5 ETCS credits) will teach students to reflect on their role as a musician in a relation to the public and the society around them. 

ECMAster students will be integrated into the school activities, taking classes alongside students on other programmes and participating in concerts, workshops and masterclasses with students in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.Training will be provided by NMH teachers and international visitors. ECMaster students will be encouraged to rehearse, perform and record throughout the semester. 

See the course overview for students on exchange here

Admission Requirements

Bachelor's degree in Music or equivalent qualification (as recognized by the Norwegian Academy of Music) with a minimum of 80 ETCS-credits in Music Performance subjects. Applicants must be member of an established ensemble, and all ensemble members must apply at the same time and to the same institution. All applicants must meet the formal admission requirements. Entrance examinations will be held for eligible applicants. The qualifying level of performance demonstrated at the audition must at minimum be equivalent to the graduation requirements of the four-year Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

The programme is open to established ensembles with a standard instrument combination: 

  • String trios and string quartets 
  • Piano trios and piano quartets  
  • Wind quintets  
  • Brass quintets 
  • Saxophone quartets
  • Other ensembles with an established original repertoire of sufficient scope

Ensembles in the last category will need specific approval by the home institution and the host institutions. These ensembles must have a minimum of three and a maximum of five musicians. Larger ensembles may be accepted, by agreement of the home institution and both host institutions, and approval from the Programme Board.

Information about application and auditions

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If you have questions about applications and auditions, please contact:

Tel: +47 23 36 70 00 (Phone time 12.00-15.00 Monday-Friday)

Contact your programme coordinator if you have any questions about the academic content of your study programme.

Programme Leader


Are Sandbakken


Chamber Music, Viola