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.
Foundation Scuola di Musica di Fiesole Onlus - Second level academic diploma in Chamber Music (in agreement with the "G. Verdi" Conservatory of Turin)
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)
Submission of applications: January 20 - March 3, 2020
Exams for admission: March 14 and 15, 2020
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 March 14 and 15, 2020 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.
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: www.scuolamusicafiesole.it/smfonline and pay €130.00 for school enrollment fee
• to apply for admission to the Conservatory of Turin through the following procedure: Go to the website http://www.isidata.net/
Click on student services to the left of the screen
Click on the Conservatori button
Go to step 1. Enter the ADMISSION application
Select Turin Conservatory Institution
Complete the registry, use the drop-down lists to find the desired course or the region, city, etc ... (important: check the Tax Code field)
Instructions for the compilation of the Conservatory of Turin (do not read the part on payment). Payment will be made at the Music School of Fiesole
To the application must be attached:
• Curriculum vitae
• Description of the ensemble activity
• Project proposal for ECMAster
€ 3,500.00 per person for year