ECMAster (European Chamber Music Master Program) is a two-year chamber music course offered by seven important European music institutions - including the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, in agreement with the "G. Verdi” Conservatory of Turin. It foresees close cooperation with the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA) which, founded in 2004 by Hatto Beyerle, Norbert Brainin, Piero Farulli and Milan Škampa, offers international professional-level training to chamber groups at the start of their careers.

ECMAster is aimed at chamber ensembles which are already established, in order to train capable and innovative musicians in the chamber music sector, able to propose themselves on the high professional level necessary to be active on the musical scene of the future.

Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris - Prix de musique de chambre

Foundation Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Onlus - Second level academic diploma in Chamber Music (in agreement with the "G. Verdi" Conservatory of Turin)

Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag - Master of Music in Chamber Music

Lietuvos muzikos ir teatro akademija, Vilnius - Master of Arts in Music

Norges musikkhøgskole, Oslo - Master of Music in Performance

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester - Master of Music in Performance

Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Wien - Master of Arts


ECMAster presents a structure common to the seven institutions that have agreed to the partnership. Within the structure, detailed descriptions of the activities may differ between the various educational institutions, and each institution assigns the degree to its own students.
Key aspects of the program are the development of the ensemble's artistic intentions and the increase in individual technical and expressive abilities, including the ability to present and communicate music.
The program includes the study and performance of a varied and important repertoire, chosen by taking into account the students’ preferences and the need to broaden the group's knowledge, developing the ability to convey the musical expression of each performer in ensemble performances.

Through tailor-made study programs, ECMAster guides students to develop their specific skills, not only artistic and technical, but also musicological and organizational. The chamber music groups admitted to the course will benefit from the experience, the culture and traditions of three different musical institutions.

During the two years of the course, two compulsory exchange semesters are foreseen at two host institutions, with the support of the Erasmus+ mobility funds.
ECMAster students will spend the 1st and 4th semester at their home institution and the 2nd and 3rd semesters at two different host institutions.

1st Semester: Fiesole Music School
2nd Semester: Manchester, Oslo or Vienna
3rd Semester: Paris, The Hague or Vilnius
4th Semester: Fiesole Music School

Each ensemble is assigned a principal artistic supervisor at the Music School of Fiesole and an artistic supervisor in each of the host institutions.
The responsibility of the principal artistic supervisor is to have regular contact with the students, monitor the progress of the ensemble and coordinate with the supervisors of the host institutions.

Comprehensive mandatory modules
The ensembles will also participate in at least six ECMA sessions, thus having access to a well-established European chamber music network.
One session is scheduled in the 1st and 4th semesters, while two sessions will be held for each of the 2nd and 3rd semesters. During the 2nd and 3rd semesters one of the sessions will be at the host institution.

ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) measure the objectives of the courses. The degree program requires the fulfillment of 120 credits.

Who the ECMAster is for
The program is open to already formed ensembles, with the following instrumental combinations:
• String quartets
• Trio with Piano
• String trio
• Quartet with piano
• Wind quintet
• Brass quintet
• Sax Quartet
• Other ensembles provided there is a repertoire assessed as significant (more information in the general description of the program)

Applications’ deadline: 2021 March 25th
Selections: 2021 March 29th and 30th
Admission exams: 2021 April 9th and 10th

Requirements for admission
• Diploma V.O. (old order) or 1st level Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualifications
• Membership in an established ensemble

Furthermore, all candidates must possess the skills indicated below, at a level that meets the requirements of this study program, both individually and as an ensemble:
• advanced instrumental and musical skills
• relevant skills and experience in music
• the ability to make independent decisions both on the artistic level and regarding preparation.

Important: all members of an ensemble must register individually with the same institution

The admission exams will be held on 2021 April 9th and 10th with the following tests:
• execution of a 60-minute program with at least three works or movements of different periods and styles, relevant to the type of ensemble.
• interview

If the health emergency Covid-19 persists, the exam will be organized online.

To be able to register for admission, candidates must:
• Apply for admission to the Music School of Fiesole through the online form of the "Application Form Post Graduate Course Ecmaster” (“Domanda ammissione biennio-corso di Perfezionamento Convenzione Cons. Torino”) at the following link: and pay €130.00 for school enrollment fee.

To the application must be attached:
• Curriculum vitae
• Titles
• Description of the ensemble activity
• Project proposal for ECMAster

Application deadline: 2021 March 25th individual registration fee € 130,00
Attendance fee I year: 3.498,00 euro each student to be paid in three rates:
by 10/10/2021 € 1.166,00;
by 10/01/2022 € 1.166,00;
by 10/04/2022 € 1.166,00;
Attendance fee II year: 3.498,00 euro each student to be paid in three rates:
by 10/10/2021 € 1.166,00;
by 10/01/2022 € 1.166,00;
by 10/04/2022 € 1.166,00;

Fee to the EDISU of Piedmont (Institute for the Right to University Study): € 140.00 (IT15L0200801033000040788468 - Ente Regionale per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario del Piemonte Address: Via Madama Cristina, 83 - 10126 Torino Fiscal Code: 97547570016 VAT number: 06440290010)
This fee is compulsory for Second-level students who have received their high school diploma and should be paid once the entrance exams have been successfully completed.


- Bank Wire-transfer IBAN: IT23T0306909606100000079962 (For wire transfers from foreign accounts: BIC: BCITITMM – Banca Intesa) payable to FONDAZIONE SCUOLA DI MUSICA DI FIESOLE ONLUS indicate the first and last name of the student in the payment memorandum line.
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- Payments in monthly installments without additional activation fees or deposit fees with home banking, Prepaid card or Credit/Debit card. Info and forms from the website:
- Telephone payment with credit card: call number +39 055-5978523,+39 055-5978525, +39 3471125360
- In presence at the Administrative office of Scuola di Musica di Fiesole: only by appointment writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 055-5978523, 055-5978525, 347-1125360 for payments in cash maximum Euro 2.000, check, Bancomat / Card
- Postal deposit account n° 22928501 payable to Fondazione Scuola di Musica di Fiesole-Onlus
Please note that lessons in presence and in Dad will be allowed only to students in standing with the payment of attendance fees


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General program description
Course curriculum