Activities & Opportunities

Opportunities for Ensembles

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:

  • Career Skills Trainings: e.g. business planning, marketing, presentation techniques
  • New Performance Format Trainings: reflection on performance formats and  development of own specific performance projects

Ensembles are invited to participate in:

  • Showcases: master classes and performances for a professional audience (concert promoters, concert and festival organizers)
  • ECMA Musethica sessions: intense performance training with social impact (

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:

  • ECMA Digital Knowledge Centre of Teaching Chamber Music: video tutorials and further teaching and learning materials on teaching Chamber Music – to be launched in summer 2024
  • ECMA Career Development Switchboard: promotion platform to connect ensembles & concert promoters and concert and festival organizers – online since June 2023
  • ECMA Digital Career Skills Platform: learning material on Career Skills trainings – online since June 2023

ECMA Career Development Platforms

ECMA Career Development Platforms

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:

The ECMA Switchboard presents ECMA ensembles to an international professional audience on the lookout for young talent, providing essential information for concert organizers, festival curators and agents.

See more: The ECMA Switchboard


The ECMA Career Development Platform provides material for young musicians
to actively and autonomously work on their projects and further develop their careers.

See more: The ECMA Career Skills Platform

Career Skills Trainings

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.


Coming Career Skills Trainings during ECMA sessions

Vilnius, 24-29 June 2024

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Past Career Skills Trainings during ECMA sessions

Grafenegg/Vienna, 24 – 30 May 2021

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

Fiesole 26 – 31 July 2021

Videos and workshop Communication – presentation – self-management
Pre-session videos and hybrid workshop during the session.
Facilitator: Claudia Vilanek

The Hague 14 – 20 Oct 2021

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

Grafenegg/Vienna 30 May-5 June 2022

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 (

Fiesole 18-23 July 2022

Interactive Blog & online lecture Promotion and Marketing I
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

The Hague 21-25 October 2022

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

Fiesole, 17-22 July 2023

Individual training lessons – online conference Promotion and Marketing II
Lecturer: Tiziana Tentoni, classical music marketing

New Performance Format Trainings

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.


Coming New Performance Format Trainings during ECMA sessions


Vilnius 2024

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Past New Performance Format Trainings during ECMA sessions

Grafenegg/Vienna, 24 – 30 May 2021

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

Fiesole 26 – 31 July 2021

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

The Hague 14 – 20 Oct 2021

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

Grafenegg/Vienna 30 May-5 June 2022

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

Fiesole 18-23 July 2022

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

The Hague 21-25 October 2022

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

Fiesole, 17-22 July 2023

Chamber Music Project Joseph Haydn, Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze
For this project, the Quartetto Alioth has been undergoing musical preparation with renowned professors such as members of the Cuarteto Casals and Heime Mueller for several months.  The dramaturgical aspect of the project has been entrusted to Francesca Della Monica, professional singer and developer of new approaches to music on the stage; her vision for the performance of this work will explore a completely new format with respect to the traditional one. Lessons, general rehearsal and the concert (20 July) are open to all ensembles, and Francesca will discuss her approach in an open conference for all ensembles (21 July).
Facilitator: Francesca Della Monica

ECMA Showcases

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.


Coming ECMA Showcases

Flanders Festival Gent – 19-22 September 2023

Trio Bohémo – Quatuor Métamorphoses – Mettis Quartet


Johannes Meissl – Minna Pensola – Patrick Jüdt

ECMA Session The Hague – 13-17 October 2023

NOVO Quartet – Quasi Trio



Budapest March 2024
ECMA Session Vienna/Grafenegg May 2024


Past ECMA Showcases

Gent Festival – 13-16 September 2021

Trio Bohémo – Chaos String Quartet – Kebyart Saxophone Quartet – Selini Quartet


Karla Haltenwanger – Patrick Jüdt – Johannes Meissl

Budapest – 4-6 November 2021

Trio Bohémo – Chaos String Quartet – Echéa Quartet – Trio Incendio


Hatto Beyerle – Minna Pensola

Budapest – 8 – 10 April 2022

Trio Hélios – Zorá Quartet – Trio Carmine


Patrick Jüdt – Karla Haltenwanger

Flanders Festival Gent 20-23 September 2022

Nerida Quartet – Trio Ernest – Trio Pantoum


Patrick Jüdt – Johannes Meissl – NN

ECMA Session Paris October 2022

Nordic Trombone Quartet – Quatuor Métamorphoses – Trio Chagall – Trio Heathcliff


Patrick Jüdt – Louise Hopkins


Budapest, 24-26 March 2023

Munich Tetra Brass – Trio Pantoum – Quatuor Métamorphoses – Moser String Quartet


Johannes Meissl – Louise Hopkins


ECMA Session Oslo, 13-17 April 2023

De Beauvoir Trio – Munich Tetra Brass – Trio Hannari


Bjørg Lewis – Henning Kraggerud – Johannes Meissl – Karla Haltenwanger

ECMA Musethica

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.


Coming ECMA Musethica Sessions

Fiesole July 2024


Past ECMA Musethica Sessions


The Hague, 14-20 October 2021

Quatuor Magenta (FR)


Avri Levitan


Oslo, 1-8 November 2021

Artel Quartet (AT) – Zorá Quartet (US)


Avri Levitan – Are Sandbakken


Vilnius, 22-27 June 2022

Rubik Quartet (AT) – Duo Cinqordes (LT) – Hans Christian Aavik (EE)


Avri Levitan – Povilas Jacunskas


Paris, 31 October – 5 November 2022

Zorá Quartet (US)


Avri Levitan


Oslo, 13 – 17 April 2023

Cong Quartet (NL/PRC)


Alexander Pavlovsky


Vienna/Grafenegg, 29 May – 4 June 2023

Doré Quartet


Eckart Runge