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LMTA HOSTS SESSION OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMBER MUSIC ACADEMY AND MUSETHICA

On 22-27 June, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre is hosting a session of the European of Chamber Music Academy (ECMA). The event has brought together chamber ensembles from seven European countries.  Although the ensembles are at the very outset of their professional career, they have already gained recognition. During the ECMA session, the musicians are going to hone their skills with acclaimed masters of classical music and give concerts in the LMTA Great Hall, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and perform for socially excluded communities.

Prof. Avri Levitan. Gotland Chamber Music Festival photography

Performances for the latter audience are part of the educational method Musethica, developed worldwide.  One of its founders, acknowledged Israeli-German viola player Prof. Avri Levitan is coming to Vilnius to present the Musethica method. Musethica sets not only artistic but also social goals.  Musethica’s motto – Learning by Doing – is put into action by holding concerts where young musicians perform together with recognised professionals. In addition, 85 per cent of the concerts are performed for socially excluded communities. The participants of the Vilnius session will perform at the Blessed Father Mykolas Sopočka Hospice, Valakampiai Social Care Home, All Saints’ Family Support Centre, Pravieniškės House of Correction, Day Center “Šviesa”, and other venues.

Prof. Johannes Meissl

The European chamber music session unites two international educational platforms – ECMA and Musethica – and is an exceptional event in the realm of the Lithuanian chamber music.  The session is of particular importance for ensembles who are just starting their careers. Several Lithuanian ensembles that are well-known today – piano trio FortVio, string quartet Mettis, trio Claviola, and others – have received ECMA training.

In Vilnius, the young talents – ensembles from Lithuania, Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Norway, the Netherlands, and Denmark –  will practise under the tutelage of distinguished Austrian violinist, professor, and Vice-Rector Johannes Meissl and professor and pianist Avedis Kouyoumdjian (both representing the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts), as well as Imke Frank, a cello professor from Germany, and cellist Povilas Jacunskas, an associated professor at the LMTA (who himself was a ECMA session participant 10 years ago). 

Duo Cinqordes

The ECMA participants are going to attend performance-focused theory lectures by Professor Nancy J. Uscher of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA) (Designing Global Careers for Artists: Inventing Creative and Innovative Opportunities for the 21st Century), Professor Dario Martinelli of Kaunas University of Technology (The “Chamberization” of Popular Music: From “Yesterday” to Today), and LMTA Professor Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Performers’ Gesturality in Sound, Expression, and Communication) (The full programme is available here).

The outcomes of the European chamber music session will be presented to the audience at two free concerts: in the LMTA Great Hall (June 25) and at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania (June 27).  The concerts start at 6 PM, the admission is free. The programme includes masterpieces of European chamber music. The performance in the LMTA Great Hall on June 25 features the Andersson Duo (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Heathcliff Trio (the Royal Danish Academy of Music), Piano Quintet Profugo Ensemble (Royal Conservatory of The Hague), and Trio Alces (Norwegian Academy of Music). The audience will enjoy works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, and Maurice Ravel.

The performance on June 27 at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania will feature Rubik Quartet (Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts) with Avri Levitan (viola, Israel-Germany), Trio Chimera (University of the Arts Bern), Duo Cinqordes (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre) with Povilas Jacunskas (cello), and Trio Bohémo (the Czech Republic). The ensembles will perform chamber music by Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Zoltán Kodály, George Gershwin, Joseph Haydn, and Ferenz Liszt.

LMTA information 
15 June 2022

Profugo Ensemble
Andersson Duo
Rubik Quartet
Trio Bohémo
Heathcliff Trio
Trio Chimera
Alces Trio