Over the 16 years of its existence so far, ECMA – the European Chamber Music Academy has established itself as theEuropean proving grounds for young professional chamber music ensembles.Top-flight European music schools and leading festivals cooperate in this training and career-building programme, which involves the best young chamber music formations ranging from string quartets and piano trios to saxophone quartets and now extends across all of Europe and to places as far off as Shanghai.Experimental openness, artistic independence, and active shaping of tomorrow’s musical world on the basis of the great European chamber music traditions are all hallmarks of ECMA, which was founded at the initiative of Hatto Beyerle in 2004.Duringtwo years of advanced training with a total of eight one-week sessions per year and with a regular academic variant beginning in 2019 in the form of the ECMAster programme, participating ensembles receive intensive support from renowned tutors in the cultural contexts of the countries where their work takes place.High priority is accorded to artistic reflection, with lectures and workshops on cultural history as well as on philosophical and transdisciplinary topics.ECMA also emphasises practice-oriented research and the linkage of the arts and the sciences.And finally, all this is joined by a growing number of regular performances given in cooperation with renowned venues (Wigmore Hall London, Konzerthaus Berlin, etc.) as well as high-calibre festivals (Grafenegg, the Ghent Festival, the Casals Festival, etc.).
Univ.- Prof. Dr. h.c. Johannes Meissl
Artistic Director, ECMA