The EU-funded project ECMA Pro offers ADDITIONAL TRAININGS DURING ECMA SESSIONS and beyond that will provide ECMA ensembles with skills to better and more autonomously plan and implement their careers.
Lectures, workshops and coaching sessions during ECMA sessions and online:
Ensembles are invited to participate in:
Travel grants for ensembles:
Ensembles are invited to apply for travel grants to participate in the individual trainings and sessions. Calls for application will be published for each individual session or activity. Ensembles to receive these travel grants will be selected by a board of experts and ECMA Artistic Directors.
Download detailed information about travel grants
In addition to these activities, several online platforms are being developed in order to provide ensembles with relevant information and the possibility for promotion.
Digital platforms to be developed include:
You are a concert organizer, festival curator or music agent interested in young and upcoming Chamber Music Ensembles from around Europe?
You are a young and upcoming Chamber Music Ensemble and looking for inspiration and tips and tricks to develop your career?
ECMA – European Chamber Music Academy invites you to the
Launch of two unique online platforms:
ECMA Career Skills Platform – a wealth of material to develop your career as a chamber music ensemble
The ECMA Switchboard – a unique presentation platform for ECMA ensembles
Meeting-ID: 636 0504 7472
Two unique online platforms aiming to support young Chamber Music Ensembles to start off their careers have been developed by the ECMA community within the EU-co-funded project ECMA Pro – International Career Development and Socially Engaged Outreach in Chamber Music, and will be launched in a hybrid event on 1 June 2023:
The ECMA Switchboard will present ECMA ensembles to an international professional audience on the lookout for young talent,
providing essential information for concert organizers, festival curators and agents.
After passing an audition for a jury representing ECMA and including the ECMA artistic directors Johannes Meissl, Patrick Jüdt and Hatto Beyerle, the ensembles undergo a two-year advanced education programme comprising several one-week sessions and further activities. The ensembles receive intensive mentoring and inspirational input from distinguished lecturers in the context of the different regional and national cultural backgrounds, traditions and current developments within the ECMA community. Thus, the ensembles presented on the ECMA Switchboard are composed of excellent, independent and innovative ensemble musicians who can meet the high professional demands in tomorrow’s music scene.
The ECMA Career Development Platform provides material for young musicians
to actively and autonomously work on their projects and further develop their careers.
The Introductory Course on Project Management includes readers, exercises and further information on how to create, present, communicate, organize and finance your musical project; and prestigious international professionals such as Sonia Simmenauer, Andreas Sonning and Tiziana Tentoni share their experiences and know-how on promotion and marketing, musical entrepreneurship and the future of the music business and how to move in it.
In addition to the artistic training at ECMA sessions, ECMA Pro provides ADDITIONAL TRAININGS during the sessions and beyond.
Career skills trainings are intended to provide the ensembles and individual artists with the essential career skills needed to develop and grow their careers in a rapidly changing professional environment. A general aim of ECMA Pro career skills trainings is to change the mindsets of the ensembles and individual artists, and to create an awareness of the necessity of acquiring skills to actively and autonomously plan and develop their artistic careers.
Career skills trainings are offered in thematic areas such as business planning, project management, marketing online and offline, legal questions, networking, communication and self-presentation, performance training, the music industry and general professional preparation.
Online Workshop What’s the point of MY music?
What is our source or our spirit? What makes us burning for what we do? Do we as an ensemble have a common “why” that motivates us to make important career decisions and take career steps together that will take us where we want to go?
Pre-session online workshop and plenary discussion during the live session.
Facilitator: Kirsten Peters, intakt Coaching
Videos and workshop Communication – presentation – self-management
Pre-session videos and hybrid workshop during the session.
Facilitator: Claudia Vilanek
Hybrid hands-on workshop during the session Video marketing
Three ensembles were placed on stage in a concert hall, while Peter Maniura was visible on a large screen, teaching from London. The stage was fitted with microphones to facilitate direct interaction. Ensembles were given instruction on how to communicate a message through media. Through a myriad of examples, they learned which modes of communication can be sticky, memorable, or inspiring. The ensembles were then assigned to create a video for social media within just a few hours. The workshop ended with a presentation of the videos and a discussion of the outcomes.
Facilitator: Peter Maniura, IMZ
Workshop / Conversation: Career development for young Chamber Music ensembles
What can we do as an ensemble to boost our careers? Which activities are favourable to succeed in the current music market? How can we best make use of the interaction between us as an ensemble and concert organizers, agents and other parts of our network?
Facilitator: Sonia Simmenauer, founder of Impresariat Simmenauer (www.impresariat-simmenauer.de)
Interactive Blog Promotion and Marketing
Topics covered include Visual identity – Website development – Social Media promotion (focus on FB, IG, YT, SPOTIFY) – Digital Marketing (web, mail & social media integrated) – Management and Digital PR
Lecturer: Tiziana Tentoni, founder and creative director of Amusart | classical music creative agency
Workshop Career Management
The profile of a classical musician has shifted and the musical abilities became part of a now required 360-degrees-profile. The participants of this workshop will get a solid overview about the various factors of a career and how to get work on them: Management processes, marketing skills, getting an overview of the market as well as necessary know-how for implementing projects and careerstrategies.
Content: The players of the classical music market; Artist management, Self-management; Networking; Positioning and branding; Individual projects; Artist Materials and Website; etc.
Lecturer: Andreas Vierziger, artistic and strategic consultant
In addition to the artistic training offered at ECMA sessions, ECMA Pro provides ADDITIONAL TRAININGS during the sessions and beyond.
New Performance Format trainings within ECMA Pro are intended to provide students with insights into innovative or unusual concert formats; the opportunity to explore new ways of performing and/or engaging with their audiences; and support them to develop their own specific approaches to perform both in traditional as well as in unusual concert venues.mECMA ensembles shall be made aware that they need the full ECMA experience, that it makes sense for them to work on every part of their careers – not only the artistic quality, but also the quality of the ensemble’s portfolio, their marketing, business, presentation skills etc.
Hands-on workshop Let’s Play
The workshop encouraged the participating ensembles to harness playfulness in their musical and interpersonal collaboration. Thomas Toppler: “To play entails nothing more than to look: What’s in the text? How softly can we play, how well can we serve the leading part, how closely can we listen to the intonation? If I define all that as a game, it makes me more open and more daring. There’s no longer any fear of failure: we just try things out, and if we like the game we’re playing, then everyone knows what to do.” More information here.
Facilitator: Thomas Toppler, percussionist and director
Input and discussion with Alexander Lonquich, artistic director of Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, IT/DE
Input and discussion with Ricardo Castro, pianist and conductor, BRA
Workshop New Audiences and Performance Formats
Hands-on workshop during the session: Renee zoomed in on how to create new presentation formats, and how to use music programming skills to create different responses from audiences. Ensembles created a live performance on stage that would be new or surprising to an audience. The ensembles presented their innovative formats, with one of the ensembles creating a auditory field on stage that audience members could move through to explore different sonic perspectives.
Facilitator: Renee Jonker, KC
Lecture/Workshop Creative Concert Production and entrepreneurship. About concert dramaturgy and project development for performing arts. Or: How to make a professional career of being a musician/establishing an ensemble. Artistic, ideal, and commercial goals and methods.
Facilitator: Andreas Sønning, Norwegian Academy of Music
Individual workshops The voice is a constitutive element of the theatrical dimension
By virtue of its apparent intangibility, vocal gestures connect us with unconventional and therefore poetic as well as functional spaces and gestures. The action of the voice connects the body to multiple spaces that multiply its resonant and communicative power. The spaces found the quality and breadth of the gesture and connect to the physical, relational and logical dimension. Our body and therefore our gestures change if we consider only the frontal space and not, for example, the peripheral and rear spaces. The eloquence as well as the sonority of our vocal gesture changes if we consider only the direct interlocutors and not also the indirect interlocutors and our body reacts differently compared to a simple or complex proposition. The vocality also confronts us, precisely because of its communicative and narrative function, with the need for a re-meaning of what is said, recited or sung. Re-signification that passes through the physical and psychic experiences of the narrator. Finally, the story of the voice teaches us not to ignore the power of co-authorship of the listener and establishes a sharing space between artist and audience. The voice is a constitutive element of the theatrical dimension and becomes a linguistic possibility in contemporary musical practice, in which the semantic horizon of the instrument dialogues with the voice of the instrumentalist.
Lecturer: Francesca Della Monica
Workshop New Concert Formats and performative Models in Classical Music
New performative formats in classical music gain increasing amounts of acclaim and make room for new markets. Many successful examples get international recognition and create new situations for the audience, conquer new venues, create new content and disciplines and cross borders to other disciplines such as performance, dance, visual art and new technologies.
These new approaches are becoming more and more interesting for both common concert presenters as well as more experimental platforms.
Content: Alternative venues; Adapting the audience situation; Use of high-tech; Combination with other disciplines and genres; Scenic productions; Changing the parameters of the content; Installations and reaching over to contemporary art
Lecturer: Andreas Vierziger, artistic and strategic consultant
A series of showcases provides a unique opportunity to present ECMA ensembles to representatives from the music industry – to agents, concert promoters and festival organizers as well as to the general public. Showcases are both hosted during the regular ECMA sessions and at the international festival in Ghent and the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. They include coaching by renowned teachers and performances during the concert programming of the festivals and academies.
Trio Bohemo – Chaos String Quartet – Kebyart Saxophone Quartet – Selini Quartet
Karla Haltenwanger – Patrick Jüdt – Johannes Meissl
Trio Bohemo – Chaos String Quartet – Echéa Quartet – Trio Incendio
Hatto Beyerle – Minna Pensola
Trio Hélios – Zorá Quartet – Trio Carmine
Patrick Jüdt – Karla Haltenwanger
Nerida Quartet – Trio Ernest – Trio Pantoum
Patrick Jüdt – Johannes Meissl – NN
Nordic Trombone Quartet – Quatuor Métamorphoses – Trio Chagall – Trio Heathcliff
Patrick Jüdt – Louise Hopkins
Munich Tetra Brass – Trio Pantoum – Quatuor Metamorphoses – Moser String Quartet
Johannes Meissl – Louise Hopkins
De Beauvoir Trio – Munich Tetra Brass – Trio Hannari
Bjørg Lewis – Henning Kraggerud – Johannes Meissl – Karla Haltenwanger
Musethica is an integral part of several ECMA sessions until 2024: at each session, two ensembles will take part in the Musethica training. Each ensemble has the opportunity to play between 10-14 concerts of solo and chamber music works. After two days of rehearsals and masterclasses, each ensemble plays concerts in different parts of the community: in social institutions such as hospitals, nurseries, schools for children with special needs, psychiatric institutions, refugee homes, homeless centers and prisons among many others. The audience of these concerts is a diverse, honest and demanding audience.
The concerts are the basis of Musethica’s methodological approach to teaching of classical music performing: As long as the students consider each concert as the most important concert, they will see a notable positive change in their performing in public concerts at traditional halls.
Quatuor Magenta (FR)
Artel Quartet (AT) – Zorá Quartet (US)
Avri Levitan – Are Sandbakken
Rubik Quartet (AT) – Duo Cinqordes (LT) – Hans Christian Aavik (EE)
Avri Levitan – Povilas Jacunskas
Zorá Quartet (US)
Cong Quartet (NL/PRC)