New master programme for chamber music ensembles

Applications are now open for a new international master programme in chamber music, established by the RNCM in collaboration with six higher education institutions across Europe.

Launching in October 2019, the advanced two-year European Chamber Music Master Programme (ECMAster) offers established ensembles the opportunity to study with renowned professors across Europe.

RNCM Students playing piano, violin and cello in the Carol Nash Recital Room

Alongside the RNCM, partners include the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (MDW), Paris Conservatoire of Music and Dance (CNSMDP), Fiesole School of Music in Italy (SMF), Royal Conservatoire of The Hague (KC), Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (LMTA), and Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) in Oslo.

Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, said: ‘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.’

An extension of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), a collaboration between European music universities, conservatoires and festivals in the field of chamber music, ECMAster students will spend two terms at their home conservatoire and two split between two participating institutions. This unique opportunity enables ensembles to experience the expertise, culture and tradition of three organisations and to gain valuable access to a wider European network.

Johannes Meissl, Artistic Director of ECMA and Professor of Chamber Music at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, said: ‘There is a huge potential for using the expertise spread throughout the European schools. The combination of mentoring and supervision throughout the programme gives a unique opportunity for both human and artistic development. The programme is extraordinary because it is a truly European endeavour. 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.’

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. A maximum of one ensemble per partner institution will be accepted each year and all applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in music performance or have the equivalent qualification.

If you require further information, please email [email protected]

9 November 2018