Primož Mavrič, EPTA Slovenia President, speaking about membership benefits:
Welcome to EPTA – European Piano Teachers’ Association.
This was started in 1978 by Carola Grindea, a pianist and teacher from Romania, who lived and worked in the UK from 1939. She was a Professor of piano at the Guildhall School of Music and was most impressed by ESTA, European String Teachers’ Association which brought string teachers together from all over Europe and further afield. Looking around, Carola realised that such an establishment for Piano Teachers did not exist and that there was a great need for one, to unite pianists and teachers in the realisation that their professional problems are not unique.
EPTA has flourished and grown in every European country and there are now 39 EPTA Associations throughout Europe as well as Associates in Israel and India. EPTA is also affiliated with Piano Teachers’ Associations in Japan, USA, South America, Australia, and Hong Kong.
The Presidents of the Associations have an Annual General Meeting at the Annual EPTA Conference which is hosted each year in a different country. Everyone is welcome to attend these Conferences to learn from the Lectures, listen to the Gala Concerts, join in the Round Table Discussions or just to meet new friends and colleagues from all over the world.
Joining EPTA through your own Association and subscribing to our Piano Journal will immediately link you with colleagues all over the world. The EPTA NEWS tells members of events in every EPTA Association making it possible for members to plan their travels accordingly. Future Conferences are planned as follows:
2016 Iceland, 2017 Finland, 2018 Malta, 2019 Austria, 2020 Spain.
There is no doubt that piano teachers who belong to EPTA have enriched their professional lives and you are most welcome to come and meet all of us at our next Conference.
Nadia Lasserson, EPTA Organising Secretary