News

January – April 2017

 

 

EPTA ALBANIA

21st23rd April 2017 EPTA Albania will organise the 22nd “Young Pianists Festival”.

 

EPTA AUSTRIA

11th–13th November 2016 EPTA Austria held its annual conference at the newly-built Bruckner University in Linz and included speakers from Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom on the topic “Pi@no – New Technologies and Media in Piano Education”. Gabriel Meloni performed in the Opening Ceremony and other Recitals “Piano Step – Tradition meets Technology”, “Sonic Ceus – Concert” and “Piano Pieces for Piano and Tape” were all about the conference topic and the world-renowned “Ars Electronica Centre” offered guided an extraordinary visit to the “Deep Space 8 K” with projections at 8K resolution.

10th12th November 2017 EPTA Austria will hold its Annual Conference in Baden. More information shortly at

 www.epta-austria.at

2019 EPTA Austria will host the European Conference of EPTA ASSOCIATIONS. Date tbc.                  

 

EPTA BELGIUM Wallonie/Bruxelles

12th February 2017 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles organised a Recital given by Mathias NAUWELAERTS, Prizewinner of the 2016 “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes”, at the Espace Culturel of Néthen, (Belgium).

12th March 2017 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles held a Recital given by Prizewinners of the 2016 Competition: Steven KLEEVEN (Cat.1), Tom De BEUCKELAER (Cat.3) and TIANHONG Yang (Cat.4) in the Piano’s Maene Auditorium, Ruiselede (Belgium).

November 2017 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles will hold its Annual Piano Pedagogy Day.

20th–25th February 2018 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles will run the 18th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes”, at the Espace Culturel of Néthen. Save the dates!

 

EPTA CROATIA

2017 EPTA Croatia celebrates its 30th Anniversary and is already giving many concerts to alert the media and general public to this great event. EPTA Prizewinners’ Concerts will be held in Varaždin, Split and Rijeka as well as a Gala concert in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb.

22nd March 2017 EPTA Croatia will organise a Gala concert in the Blagoje Bersa Concert Hall in Zagreb.

17th April 2017 EPTA Croatia will hold the Celebrity Concert in the National Theatre in Osijek as the grand opening of the 10th EPTA International Competition for young pianists. EPTA Laureates Ivan Krpan, Mia Pečnik, Jan Niković and Mislav Ivaci will perform Concertos by Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Chopin with the Osijek Symphony Orchestra.

18th22nd April 2017 EPTA Croatia will hold the 10th EPTA International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Osijek with Diane Andersen, Ida Gamulin, Naum Grubert, Konstantin Krasnitsky and Teresa Trevisan on the jury.

Category A – participants born in 2004 or later
Category B – participants born in 2001 or later
Category C – participants born in 1996 or later (two Rounds).

The Opening concert will be held in the National Theatre, Osijek with the Symphony Orchestra accompaning EPTA prizewinners in concertos by Beethoven, Grieg, Chopin and Rachmaninov.                                                                                      

www.epta-croatia.hr

5th11th February 2018 EPTA Croatia will run the 6th EPTA Svetislav Stančić International Piano Competition in Zagreb with Eugen Indjic, Murray McLachlan, Natalija Troull, Ida Gamulin, Vladimir Krpan, Naum Grubert and Dina Yoffe on the jury.
www.svetislavstancic.com.hr

 

EPTA CZECH REPUBLIC

23rd September 2017 EPTA Czech Republic will hold its Annual Seminar in the Music School and Music High School, Prague with distinguished Czech piano professors and colleagues from abroad. Professor Ivan Klansky (Head of the Piano department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) and Emil Viklicky (distinguished jazz pianist and composer) will be amongst the presenters.

 

EPTA DENMARK 

19th–20th November 2016 EPTA Denmark organised a Masterclass with the Armenian-Danish pianist, Marianna Shirinyan in the Steinway Artist Room Copenhagen. Two inspiring days with participants from Slovenia, Sweden and Denmark.

29th January 2017 EPTA Denmark held its AGM in the Steinway Artist Room, Copenhagen.                                                                

4th March 2017 EPTA Denmark ran a Pedagogy Day “More Than Piano – Teaching Piano in Groups” with Gitte Mortensen, a piano teacher at the Aarhus Music School, in the Steinway Artist Room, Copenhagen.                                            

11th March 2017 EPTA Denmark ran a workshop on Mental Training for pianists with psychologist Inger Murray at the Officerssalen Aarhus Musicschool.

1st April 2017 EPTA Denmark will organise a Lecture and Masterclass in the Hjørring Musicschool on “Developing technique in focus” for Students from Elementary to Conservatoire level. This will be run by Martin Lysholm Jepsen, Founder and Artistic Director of the “Gradus” Pianoschool.

10th March–30th April 2017   EPTA Denmark Grade Examinations will take place in several regions.

23rd–29th July 2017 The 17th International Piano Week will take place in Ollerup with Masterclasses and Concerts given by Mikhail Voskresensky (Moscow Conservatory), Eugen Indjic (Schola Cantorum, Paris),and Paolo Giacometti (Robert Schumann Musikhochschule, Düsseldorf).

 

EPTA ESTONIA

February—March 2017 EPTA Estonia organised  the „Best Young Instrumentalist 2017“ competition in cooperation with the Union of Estonian Music Schools. Jussi Siirala, Honorary member of EPTA Finland and former President, chaired the panel of judges in its final round in the Tartu Heino Eller Music School on the 11th12th March 2017.

21st April 2017 EPTA Estonia organised a „Piano day of central Estonia“ in the Paide Cultural Centre. The new Board of EPTA Estonia  is increasingly supporting piano playing and teaching in smaller places and more distant regions in Estonia. The day included Masterclasses by renowned teachers for students, continuing education courses for teachers and there was a Recital by a young Estonian pianist, Johan Randvere.

March to May 2017 EPTA Estonia will conduct an online vote among all piano teachers in Estonia to find the 10 most popular piano pieces for children and young pianists composed by Estonian composers. Subsequently a concert of the winning pieces, a published score and a CD are planned.

6th—10th  August 2017 EPTA Estonia will participate in a Summer course for young pianists  given by the teachers of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, in the Haapsalu Music School. The course is intended for pupils from 6th to 12th grade. Concerts and joint activities for participants are part of the course.

22nd—25th August 2017 EPTA Estonia and the Tallinn Music High School  combine to run the Annual Summer School for students and teachers from the whole country. Masterclasses, concerts and other educational  activities are part of the Course and  the teaching staff  will be from the Tallinn Music High School.

October 2017 EPTA Estonia will run the 20th National Days of Piano Teachers and its annual AGM will be held during this event as well as the newly publised EPTA Estonia Journal „Klaver“.

5th Bruno Lukk Piano Conference is in preparation
In these jubilee events guests from Estonia and abroad will present their papers, give presentations and masterclasses. The Next Bruno Lukk Prize and Young Teacher’s Prize will be announced as well as the voting results of the 10 best Estonian piano pieces for children and young pianists.

 

EPTA FINLAND 

6th7th February 2016 EPTA Finland held its very successful Seminar at the Palmgren institute in Pori, with Professor Ivari Ilja (Estonia), Eduard Tubin, Karla Suvanto (Palmgren Conservatory), Annika Konttori-Gustafsson (Sibelius-Academy). Panel discussions and an excellent Students’ concert.

11th February 2017 EPTA Finland held a one day Seminar with a concert and AGM in the Steinway Gallery, Helsinki.

10th–13th August 2017 EPTA Finland will host

the 39th European Conference of EPTA Associations


at the Helsinki Conservatoire, Ruoholahdentori 6, 00180 Helsinki, +358 9 5860580.      

                                     

The theme of the Conference is 

Inspiration in Teaching, Learning and Playing

 

Registration from 1st November 2016 until 10th June 2017                                                                                                                                                        

Conference fees:
EPTA members 200€                                                                                                         
Early bird fee 185€ until 10th May 2017                                                                                                       
Others (non EPTA members) 240€

www.eptafinland.fi

 

 

EPTA GERMANY

EPTA Germany continues to run bi-annual Conferences in different regions to enable the greatest number of members to attend.

26th–28th May 2017 EPTA Germany will hold a Conference on “The daily life of the piano teacher” at the Folkwang Musikschule, Essen.

2020 EPTA Germany will host the 42nd European Conference of EPTA ASSOCIATIONS with special reference to Beethoven on the celebration of his birth. It will take place in Köln/Bonn – the Hochschule being the main venue for lectures, combined with some events in cooperation with Beethovenhaus Bonn (there is an existing cooperation between both institutions). The transfer between Bonn and Köln is fast and easy to organize.

www.epta-deutschland.de

 

EPTA GREECE

EPTA Greece continues its monthly events in the Athens Conservatoire:

5th November 2016 EPTA Greece organised a Recital given by Nina del Ser who studies at the Royal College of Music in London.

March 2017 EPTA Greece organised a Masterclass given by Dora Bacopoulou.

April 2017 EPTA Greece will run a Conference on “Contemporary Music and How to approach it – with special reference to young students which will be followed by a Concert given by students.

May 2017 EPTA Greece will run a Masterclass given by Paavali Jumpanen from the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki).

 

EPTA HUNGARY

December 2016 EPTA Hungary organised an extremely successful Marathon Christmas concert for music schools with the latest publication of “Hungarian Christmas Carols”, arranged for four hands by Imre Mezo, which was performed by children and teachers. There were over Fifty Six items in all with music by Bartok, Lajtha and Laszlo.

 

EPTA ICELAND

22nd25th September 2016. The 38th International EPTA conference was held in Reykjavík. The conference was very well attended with over 160 participants. EPTA Iceland would like to thank all those how took part, especially the many who gave a lecture or a recital at the conference and, by doing so, made it such a great event.
“Hand outs” and other material provided for by the lecturers at the conference can be found on EPTA Iceland’s homepage www.epta.is.

After all the hard preparation work of organising the successful Conference, Anna Atladóttir has taken the opportunity to resign as President of EPTA Iceland. She took office in 2010 and introduced many novel activities during her time, EPTA is extremely grateful to her for all her loyalty and devotion throughout the years since EPTA Iceland was formed in 1979 by her Professor, Halldor Haraldsson . Anna has worked tirelessly for EPTA and we know that we will always see her at future Conferences.  We are delighted to welcome Dr Nína Margrét Grímsdóttir as the new president of EPTA Iceland and we look forward to much future collaboration.

 

EPTA IRELAND 

EPTA Ireland has launched a new advisory panel to assist members with specific teaching queries and are delighted to welcome Réamonn Keary and David Mooney as specialist advisors.

15th January 2017 EPTA Ireland will hold a session on Dip RIAM given by Gráinne Deery and Professor Réamonn Keary.

12th February 2017 EPTA Ireland will organise a Masterclass given by Roy Holmes.

11th–12th March 2017 EPTA Ireland will run its Sixth EPTA Piano Festival in the National Concert Hall. Professor Réamonn Keary will be the Adjudicator.

 

EPTA ITALY 

EPTA Italy organized 20 concerts for members in different venues in Rome.

Marcella Crudeli continues her popular monthly Salon concerts in her home and in the Cultural Centre of the Banca d’Italia.

All activities are on facebook and other social networks.

May 2017 EPTA Italy will organise academic exams for its students in the great, elegant hall of the Cultural Centre of the Italian Bank in Rome. Candidates receive certificates and evaluations.

28th October –7th November 2017 The XXVIIth Chopin Roma International Competition will take place in Rome.

 

EPTA LATVIA

25th January 2017 EPTA Latvia in cooperation with Valmiera Music School, Municipality and Valmiera Culture Centre organised the 22nd International Competition for Young Pianists in Valmiera.

11th March 2017 EPTA Latvia organised the VIIth International Brothers Medins Competition for Young Pianists aged 6-18 in Riga’s First Music School.

5th7th April 2017 EPTA Latvia will run the 7th International Competition for Young Musicians “VIVA LA MUSICA” (Instrumental and Vocal Music) dedicated to the 220th Anniversary of Schubert in the Daugavpils Secondary Music School, Daugavpils.

12th April 2017 EPTA Latvia in cooperation with Liepāja Music, Arts and Design Secondary School will organize the IVth International Piano Duo and Chamber Ensemble Competition for Young Pianists aged 6-20 in Liepāja.
http://www.music.lv/epta/EptaDoc/Liepaja_dueti_2017_ENG.pdf

26th October3rd November 2017 EPTA Latvia will organise the 7th Jazeps Vitols International Piano Competition in Riga.  (not in 2016 as incorrectly printed last time).

http://vitolakonkurss.lv/vpc

 

EPTA MALTA

1st12th February 2017 EPTA Malta organised a Piano Festival at the same time as the Fifth Valletta International PIANO Competition in Malta.

 

September 2018 EPTA Malta will host the EUROPEAN Conference, the year that Valletta celebrates its year as City of Culture.  

Dates to be confirmed.

 

 

EPTA NETHERLANDS

EPTA Netherlands is pleased to announce their new President, Bart van de Roer, and EPTA looks forward to much co-operation and successful meetings in the future. We are indebted to  David Kuyken for his commitment and contributions to EPTA’s  advances into the twenty first century. He has worked tirelessly for EPTA Netherlands and the EPTA Executive and EPTA is extremely grateful.  

Spring 2017 EPTA The Netherlands will hold exams for almost 400 students. Many members assist all over the country to make these exams possible.   

21st May 2017   EPTA The Netherlands will organise a day workshop on tension, breathing and well-being as seen from the Mensendieck point of view – presented by Flautist, Marja Mosk.

June 2017 EPTA The Netherlands will hold the 5th edition of Pop-into-the-Pianolesson – a course run especially for its members.

25th–26th November 2017 EPTA The Netherlands will hold its annual conference in Akoesticum in Ede.
www.akoesticum.nl

EPTA The Netherlands’ Documentation & Study Centre (EDSC) Amsterdam

A large collection of books, music, LP’s, CD’s, tapes and many other valuable materials are housed in the Public Library of Amsterdam (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, OBA) near the Central Station of Amsterdam. EPTA members and other music scholars can make use of the Centre, as it was intended, for research and reference. The Centre collaborates with EPTA UK’s Information Centre at the Royal College of Music.

 

EPTA NORWAY

21st22nd January 2017 EPTA Norway hosted the national Finals. These competitions included different instruments, and this year saw the introduction of guitar, double bass, woodwind, vocal, strings and chamber music.

EPTA Norway arranges these competitions in co-operation with the Norwegian Council of Music Schools.

31st March–2nd April 2017 EPTA Norway will hold its Annual Conference in Oslo, with presentations which include: Teaching in the 21st century, How to use digital tools in piano-tuition – and in connection with art, Teaching the pupil to practice, Scott Joplin 100 years – playing his music today. Masterclasses will be held with Laurent Boullet (Classical) and Morten Gunnar Larsen (Ragtime) and Recitals given by Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and winners of the EPTA Norway’s competition for young musicians. Parallel with the EPTA conference, EVTA will host their conference, and this opens new possibilities for cooperation.

 

EPTA PORTUGAL  

15th17th July 2017 EPTA Portugal is organizing the third edition of “Piano Festival” with Masterclasses in the northern Portuguese Historic City of Ponte de Lima. Faculty: Luís Pipa (President, EPTA Portugal) and Katariina Limataiinen.  Evening concerts will be given throughout the week by the Faculty, invited soloists, new generation pianists and participants in the Masterclasses.
Concerts will take place in different venues in the city. The Masterclasses will be held in a magnificent 17th century estate with 15 acres of mature gardens and grounds, tennis court and swimming pool, where participants can stay with full board and accommodation.

For more information: eptapianofestivalandmasterclasses.blogspot.com; eptaportugal@epta-lusa.pt.

 

EPTA RUSSIA

EPTA Russia has published the 69th issue of its journal FORTEPIANO.

Three CD’s by EPTA Russia’s former honorary President Eugene Malinin have been produced.

 

EPTA SERBIA–VOJVODINA

August 2017 Panopticum Musicum International Summer School at Isidor Bajic Music School, Novi Sad, Serbia.

http://www.yalesmn.org/uklapev/panopticummusicum.htm

1st7th December 2018 EPTA Serbia–Vojvodina will organize the 9th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition. Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

www.pianomemorial.rs, office@pianomemorial.rs

 

EPTA SLOVENIA

Pianissimo The concerts for the 2016/17 season were given by winners of the Slovenian National Competition TEMSIG 2016 – Robin Vodeb, Nace Slak and Tim Jančar (10 concerts alltogether). Recordings took place at the professional piano –specialized recording studio “Pianoroom”.

21st –22nd January 2017 EPTA Slovenia organised a Masterclass given by Julia Gubaidullina at the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet.

13th–15th January 2017 EPTA Slovenia organised a Masterclass given by Florian Uhlig at the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet.

 

EPTA SPAIN

12th March 2017 EPTA Spain will hold its General meeting.

23rd–24th March 2017 EPTA Spain will run Masterclasses with Alberto Portugheis at the Kawai Shigeru Center.

5th–7th May 2017 EPTA Spain will run a Festival with Masterclasses and Lectures. Closing date for proposals April 15.

Young EPTA Spain Recital series will start at the Kawai Shigeru Center:
23rd March 2017
19th and 26th April 2017
10th May 2017

 

EPTA SWEDEN 

30th September–1st October 2017 EPTA Sweden will organize its annual national congress in Sundsvall.

 

EPTA SWITZERLAND

13th May 2017 “Children for Children” in Kloster Wettingen/Aargau.

 

EPTA UK

2017 EPTA UK 21st Piano Competition Regional Finals took place in three cities:

11th March 2017 – London – Adjudicator Melvyn Cooper

18th March 2017 – Manchester – Adjudicator Philip Fowke

25th March 2017 – Birmingham – Adjudicator Anna Crookes

 8th April 2017 EPTA UK will hold the Finals of the competition in Manchester – with Peter Donohoe, Noriko Ogawa and Pamela Lidiard as Adjudicators.

EPTA UK also runs an annual Composers Competition: The Winners of the 2017 Competition will perform their works at the Summer Conference.

EPTA UK continues to run one day events:
25th February 2017 EPTA UK held a day course in conjunction with the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe
12th March 2017 EPTA UK ran a teaching day at Stowe School, Bucks.

EPTA UK continues to run its successful  Piano Teaching Course (PTC) across each academic year.

31st August–2nd September 2017 EPTA UK will hold a residential Conference at Nottinghamk University

EPTA’s Archives are in the Library of the Royal College of Music, London.
These contain a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members of all EPTA Associations are welcome to consult.
Members are invited to peruse the valuable archives of the EPTA Netherland ‘Documentation and Study Centre’ (EDSC, Curators Frans Schreuder and Albert Brussee).

 

EPTA ISRAEL ASSOCIATES

EPTA ISRAEL Associates continue the “Teachers’ Forum“ initiated by the Piano Duo Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admoniy – which meets regularly at their home in “Neve Shalom” – ”Peace Oasis”, a village of co-existence between Jews and Arabs.

Tel – Aviv Regional Branch is organised by Ifat Zaidel (Israel Conservatory of Music,T-A).

Jerusalem Regional Branch is organised by Asya Yampolski (JAMD) and Mr Dror Semmel (Conservatory) and further meetings are planned for the coming year.

A new Be’er Sheva Regional Branch is organised by Mr.Timor Shapira (Head of Piano at Be’er Sheva Conservatory).
Further meetings are planned for the coming year.

EPTA Israel Associates are pleased to announce a new Haifa Regional Branch at The Dunia Weizman Conservatory of Music, Haifa. Organizer, Mr. Daniel Kruglow, vice-director of the Conservatory.

All regional branches continue with their meetings and diverse activities

EPTA Israel Associates is extremely grateful to Michal Tal for her devoted work which strengthened and expanded their activities and wishes her every success in her future plans. The new chairman, Yuval Admony, is warmly welcomed and we all wish him many years of fruitful achievements and look forward to meeting him at future Conferences.

February 2017 EPTA Israel held its Winter Conference at the Givata’yim Conservatory to commemorate Prof. Andre Hajdu (1932–2016), one of Israel’s foremost composers and ethnomusicologist who enriched Israeli art music with a wonderful wealth of pedagogical works. Prof. Mira Zakai gave a lecture on Hajdu the composer, educator and partner of a continuous dialogue, which was published in their book “Open Doors” and Students of EPTA members performed pieces from the “Milky Way”. Duo Miriam Boskovich – Hemda Raz performed “Four Coplas Sfardies” by Hemsi- Hajdu. Mrs. Alexandra Shani presented her method book –“Piano Teaching for Beginners”. Mr. Yuval Admony – Teachers’ Forum, discussing the relationship between the teacher and the student in the 21st century.

There was an Exhibition of Andre Hajdu’s piano works and a new CD, the complete “Milky Way” performed by the composer himself and Yechskiel Braun presented “Piano Pieces for the Young”, Yuval Admony’s new Method Book. Alexandra Schani – Piano Pieces. Doron Toister – Arrangements of Hassidic traditional melodies.

South, North and Jerusalem Regional Branches continue to be active with interesting programs.

 

MTNA Music Teachers National Association                                                                                                               

18th–22nd March 2017 The MTNA held its Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland and welcomed EPTA members. https://members.mtna.org/conference2017/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

September–December 2016

 

 

EPTA ALBANIA 

12th December 2016 EPTA Albania will organise Masterclasses for Piano Duets with Teresa Trevisan and Flavio Zaccaria.

16th17th December 2016 EPTA Albania will hold the 7th National Festival for four hands “Piano Duo”. The competition is divided in two categories (one day each) for young pianists & amateurs. The jury will consist of Teresa Trevisan, Flavio Zaccaria and Maria Jose Parker.

26th 28th May 2017 EPTA Albania will organise the 22nd “Young Pianists Festival”.

 

EPTA AUSTRIA

11th–13th November 2016 EPTA Austria held its annual conference at the newly-built Bruckner University in Linz.                    

 

EPTA BELGIUM Wallonie/Bruxelles

12th February 2017 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles will organise a Recital given by Mathias NAUWELAERTS, Prizewinner of the 2016 »Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes”, at the Espace Culturel of Néthen, (Belgium).

12th March 2017 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles will hold a Recital given by Prizewinners of the 2016 Competition: Steven KLEEVEN (Cat.1), Tom De BEUCKELAER (Cat.3) and TIANHONG Yang (Cat.4) in the Piano’s Maene Auditorium, Ruiselede (Belgium).

20th–25th February 2018 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles will run the 18th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes”, at the Espace Culturel of Néthen. Save the dates!

 

EPTA CROATIA

18th22nd April 2017 EPTA Croatia will hold the 10th EPTA International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Osijek with Diane Andersen, Ida Gamulin, Naum Grubert, Konstantin Krasnitsky and Teresa Trevisan on the jury.

2017 EPTA Croatia will celebrate its 30th Anniversary next year and are already giving many concerts to alert the media and general public to this great event. EPTA Prizewinners’ Concerts will be held in Varaždin, Split and Rijeka as well as a Gala concert in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb.

2nd7th January 2017 EPTA Croatia will organise Masterclasses given by Ida Gamulin to students from Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Osijek.

17th April 2017 EPTA Croatia will hold the Celebrity Concert in the National Theatre in Osijek as the grand opening of the 10th EPTA International Competition for young pianists. EPTA Laureats Ivan Krpan, Mia Pečnik, Jan Niković and Mislav Ivaci will perform Concertos by Beethoven, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Chopin with the Osijek Symphony Orchestra.

18th22nd April 2017 EPTA Croatia will hold its 10th EPTA International Competition for young Pianists in Osijek. The jury, led by Diane Andersen, will include Ida Gamulin, Naum Grubert, Konstantin Krasnitzky and Teresa Trevisan.

5th11th February 2018 EPTA Croatia will run the 6th EPTA Svetislav Stančić International Piano Competition in Zagreb with Eugen Indjic, Murray McLachlan, Natalija Troull, Ida Gamulin, Vladimir Krpan, Naum Grubert and Dina Yoffe on the jury.
www.svetislavstancic.com.hr

 

EPTA CZECH REPUBLIC

25th–26th November 2016 EPTA Czech Republic will hold an exchange project of young pianists from Prague and Vienna – two concerts with the same programme took place in Prague and Vienna on consecutive days.

EPTA Czech Republic would like to create a tradition of organizing concerts with the piano students from both these two music schools of Central European capitals.

 

EPTA DENMARK 

5th November 2016 EPTA Denmark held a Concert given by students of EPTA members.

19th–20th November 2016 EPTA Denmark organised a Masterclass with the Armenian-Danish pianist, Marianna Shirinyan.

23rd–30th July 2017 The famous International Piano Week will take place in Ollerup.

 

EPTA ESTONIA

6th November 2016 EPTA Estonia held its Annual General Assembly and a new Board was elected. Peep Lassman asked to step down and Lembit Orgse is now the new President. We are extremely grateful to Peep and wish to thank him for all his hard work in running EPTA Estonia for twenty three years. We look forward to maintaining contact at future EPTA events. Although no stranger at EPTA Conferences, EPTA would like to welcome Lembit Orgse as President and wish him every success in continuing the work of EPTA Estonia and look forward to collaborating with him in future years.

9th November 2016 The 2016 Bruno Lukk Piano Teacher Prize went to Kersti Sumera. The prize was founded in 2009 to recognize ourstanding piano teachers and to commemorite the 1st Chairman of EPTA Estonia, piano professor of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Bruno Lukk. The Young Piano Teacher Prize was given to Sofia Nesterova. The prize was founded in 2011 to recognize piano teachers of the younger generation.

4th–12th November 2016  EPTA Estonia organised The 10th Tallinn Piano Festival, the biannual festival, is the most important piano event in Estonia. Mikhail Pletnev, Angela Hewitt and Nelson Goerner were the guest stars. The Festival also featured a concerto performance given by  the eminent Estonian pianist Kalle Randalu with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Neeme Järvi, recitals by Hando Nahkur, Florian Krumpöck, Alexandre Brager, piano duo Silver-Garburg, the Estonian Piano Orchestra and cembalists Imbi Tarum and Julia Ageyeva Hess.

13th23rd November 2016 The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Estonian Piano Teachers’ Association held the 3rd Tallinn International Piano Competition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Estonia Concert Hall – Tallinn, Estonia.

The Journal of the Estonian Piano Teachers Association is published biannually.

 

EPTA FINLAND   

11th February 2017 EPTA Finland will hold a one day Seminar with a concert and AGM in the Steinway Gallery, Helsinki.

10th–13th August 2017 EPTA Finland will host the

39th European Conference of EPTA Associations at the Helsinki Conservatoire

Ruoholahdentori 6, 00180 Helsinki, +358 9 5860580.

 

The theme of the Conference is                                                                                                                             

Inspiration in Teaching, Learning and Playing

 

Registration from 1st November 2016 until 10th June 2017                                                         

Deadline for abstracts 15th January 2017                                                                                                  

Conference fees:
EPTA members 200€
Early bird fee 185€ until 10th May 2017
Others (non EPTA members) 240€

 

info@eptafinland.fi, www.eptafinland.fi

 

EPTA GERMANY

October 2016 Piano Seminar “Mit Hand und Fuss” (With hand and foot) in Cologne.

 

EPTA GREECE 

EPTA Greece continues its monthly events in the Athens Conservatoire:

26th October 2016 EPTA Greece opened the new academic year with a concert.

5th November 2016 EPTA Greece organised a Recital given by Nina del Ser who studies in London .

May  2017 EPTA Greece will run Masterclasses given by Evelyne Brancart from Blumington Indiana University.

 

EPTA HUNGARY

August 2016 EPTA Hungary organised “The Bridge of Music” Festival and Competition for children from China and Hungary in “Vigado”– a very prestigous concert palace, one of the most beautiful in the heart of Pest. For the first time, Chinese Institutions sponsored this event. 

15th October 2016 EPTA Hungary joined the National Association of Hungarian Music Teachers in organising a day on “Motivation in Instrumental Teaching” with Damjana Zupan as one of the speakers.

December 2016 EPTA Hungary will organize a Christmas concert for music schools with the latest publication of “Hungarian Christmas Carols”, arranged for four hands by Imre Mezo, to be performed by children and teachers.   

 

EPTA ICELAND

22nd25th September 2016. The 38th International EPTA conference was held in Reykjavík. The conference was very well attended with over 160 participants. EPTA Iceland would like to thank all those how took part, especially the many who gave a lecture or a recital at the conference and, by doing so, made it such a great event.
“Hand outs” and other material provided for by the lecturers at the conference can be found on EPTA Iceland’s homepage www.epta.is.

 

EPTA IRELAND   

23rd October 2016 EPTA Ireland held a session on “Teaching Theory- Possibilities and Challenges” given by Victoria Whittam at the Leeson Park School of Music.

13th November 2016 EPTA Ireland invited Anthony Byrne to talk on “Practical Piano Playing – Technical Problems Solved”.

27th November 2016 EPTA Ireland will organise a Christmas Concert given by Members’ students.

15th January 2017 EPTA Ireland will hold a session on Dip RIAM given by Gráinne Deery and Professor Réamonn Keary.

12th February 2017 EPTA Ireland will organise a Masterclass given by Roy Holmes.

11th–12th March 2017 EPTA Ireland will run its Sixth EPTA Piano Festival in the National Concert Hall. Professor Réamonn Keary will be the Adjudicator.

 

EPTA ITALY 

28th October–7th November 2016 The XXVIth Chopin Roma International Competition took place in Rome.

The Jury included Vittorio Costa (Italy – President Chairman), Susan Bettaney (United Kingdom), Silvia Rinaldi (Italy), Giovanna Savarese (Italy), Marco Sollini (Italy), Antonio Soria (Spain) and Joanna Trzeciak (Belgium).

7th November 2016 The Prizewinners concert took place in the Theatre Quirino, Rome, with orchestra.

Marcella Crudeli continues her popular monthly Salon concerts in her home and in the Cultural Centre of the Banca d’Italia.

 

EPTA LATVIA

14th October 2016 EPTA Latvia organised a Festival “Rotko Visions in Sounds” for piano students from Latvian Secondary Music schools (aged 15–19) in collaboration with Staņislavs Broks Secondary Music School in Daugavpils and Daugavpils Cultural Foundation.

http://www.music.lv/epta/notikumi2016.htm

25th January 2017 EPTA Latvia in cooperation with the Valmiera Music School, the Municipality and the Valmiera Culture Centre will organise 22nd International Competition for Young Pianists in Valmiera.

12th April 2017 EPTA Latvia in cooperation with the Liepāja Music, Arts and Design Secondary School will organize the 4th International Piano Duo and Chamber Ensemble Competition for Young Pianists.
http://www.music.lv/epta/EptaDoc/Liepaja_dueti_2017_ENG.pdf

 26th October–3rd November 2017 EPTA Latvia will organise the 7 th Jazeps Vitols International  Piano Competition in Riga.

 

EPTA LITHUANIA

30th November 2016 EPTA Lithuanian secretary, Aurelija Seliavienė, organised a piano masterclass with Albina Šikšniūtė from the National M. K. Čiurlionis Art School for young pianists at Vilnius Karoliniškių Music School.

 

EPTA MALTA   

1st12th February 2017 EPTA Malta will organise a Piano Festival at the same time as the Fifth Valletta International PIANO Competition in Malta.

 

2018 EPTA Malta will host the EUROPEAN Conference, the year that Valetta celebrates its year as City of Culture.  Dates to be confirmed.

 

EPTA NETHERLANDS   

EPTA The Netherlands’ Documentation & Study Centre (EDSC) Amsterdam

A large collection of books, music, LP’s, CD’s, tapes and many other valuable materials are housed in the Public Library of Amsterdam (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, OBA) near the Central Station of Amsterdam. EPTA members and other music scholars can make use of the Centre, as it was intended, for research and reference. The Centre collaborates with EPTA UK’s Information Centre at the Royal College of Music.

All EPTA The Netherlands Members receive the Piano Journal as well as the Piano Bulletin

(Editor Christo Lelie, Broerhuisstr 44, 2611 GD Delft, Tel/Fax: +31 15 212 6695).

19th–20th November 2016 EPTA Netherlands held its annual conference in Akoesticum in Ede. Parallel sessions at the Conference were taken up with workshops on “Music Mind Games”.
www.akoesticum.nl

 

EPTA NORWAY

19th November 2016 EPTA Norway will host the regional rounds of the annual competition for young musicians.

21st22nd January 2017 EPTA Norway will host the national Finals. These competitions include different instruments, and this year will see the introduction of guitar, double bass, woodwind, vocal, strings and chamber music.

EPTA Norway arranges these competitions in co-operation with the Norwegian Council of Music Schools.

31st   March–2nd April 2017 EPTA Norway will hold its next annual conference in Oslo, with masterclasses, presentations, concerts and exhibitions. Names and participants TBA.

 

EPTA PORTUGAL

25th27th November 2016 EPTA PORTUGAL organised its Annual National Meeting in PORTO with Lectures, Workshops and Concerts.

26th November 2016 EPTA Portugal organised a special Concert dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased Portuguese pianist Fernando Laires in the Great Hall of the Oporto Music Conservatoire, with the participation of, among other, pianists Pedro Burmester, Alberto Urroz and Artur Pizarro.

 

EPTA RUSSIA  

October 2016 EPTA Russia organised a new Festival “OPUS 16” in Denmark, Aarhus in memory of Anne Oland.

October 2016 EPTA Russia took part in a Festival for Young Musicians in Germany, Kassel.

 

EPTA SERBIA–VOJVODINA

3rd–9th December 2016 8th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition.

 

EPTA SLOVENIA  

Pianissimo The concerts for the 2015/16 season were given by Brina Kozlevčar, Urban Stanič, Maja Gombač and the Scaramouche Duo (Neža Koželj, Nadja Rus) in various Slovenian cities. Co-ordinators: Dejan Jakšič and Miha Haas.

October 2016:  EPTA Slovenia published the fourth edition of its own piano journal ‘Virkla’ with the thematic title “Colours in music”.

18th–20th November 2016: EPTA Slovenia will hold its 16th ”Piano Days” with the title “Silence! Let the Music Speak”, in the Nova Gorica Music School. The main lectures were connected to the function of language and contents in music. Some recitals were dedicated to Erik Satie.

 

EPTA SPAIN

25th November 2016 Dr. Marcela Linari will give a workshop about the physical problems pianists confront and the best way to avoid them through exercises away from the piano and by being consciously aware of correct posture.

16th December 2016 Alberto Urroz will give a masterclass .

December 2016 Epta Spain will hold its third EPTA Piano Competition for young pianists up to 14 years old.

22nd December 2016 The winners will participate in a Christmas concert at the Romantic Museum in Madrid.

 

EPTA SWEDEN

1st2nd October 2016 EPTA Sweden organised a national conference in Visby, Gotland.

 

EPTA SWITZERLAND

5th–6th November 2016 “Digitale Medien – Anwendungen im Klavierunterricht”, (“Digital Media in Piano Teaching”) in the Music Academy, Basle.

13th May 2017 “Children for Children” in Kloster Wettingen/Aargau.

 

EPTA UK

EPTA UK held three one-day Conferences in 2016 instead of a residential one:

15th May 2016 Edinburgh
11th August 2016 Manchester to include Winners of the Composers competition
18th September 2016 Cambridge  

27th September 2016 Winners of the Advanced Classes of EPTA UK’s 20th Piano Competition: Charlotte Kwok, Lauren Zhang, Manu Hasan, and David Gibson, performed in St Martins in the Fields.
Charlotte Kwok was the overall Winner of the 2016 competition 

2017 EPTA UK 21st Piano Competition Regional Finals will take place in three cities:
11th March 2017 – London – Adjudicator Melvyn Cooper
18th March 2017 – Manchester – Adjudicator Philip Fowke
25th March 2017 – Birmingham – Adjudicator Anna Crookes
8th April 2017 EPTA UK will hold the Finals of the competition in Manchester – with Peter Donohoe, Noriko Ogawa, Pamela Lidiard as Adjudicators.

EPTA UK continues to run one day events:
5th November 2016 Adult Piano day at Steinways with kathryn Page and Beate Wilmshusrt
19th November 2016 A teacher –based day at Faber Publishing
25th February 2017   EPTA UK will hold a day course in conjunction with the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe
12th March 2017  EPTA UK will run a teaching day at Stowe School, Bucks.

EPTA UK continues to run its successful  Piano Teaching Course (PTC) across each academic year.

31st August–2nd September 2017 EPTA UK will hold a residential Conference at Warwick University.

EPTA’s Archives are now rehoused in the Library of the Royal College of Music, London.

These contain a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members of all EPTA Associations are welcome to consult.

Members are invited to peruse the valuable archives of the EPTA Netherland ‘Documentation and Study Centre’ (EDSC, Curators Frans Schreuder and Albert Brussee).

 

EPTA INDIA ASSOCIATES 

17th September 2016 French Guitar Duo Tizoc Romero and Raphael Bereau performed in Bangalore, organised in collaboration with the Bangalore School of Music and Prabhudas Ivanson.

21st & 28th September 2016 French/Guitar Duo performed in Goa and Chennai.

April 2017 A tour is planned with Nadia Lasserson.

 

EPTA ISRAEL ASSOCIATES

February 2017 EPTA Israel plans to hold its Winter Conference to commemorate Prof.Andre Hajdu, one of Israel’s foremost composers, who passed away on 1st of August 2016. Details tbc.

 

ALAPP Argentina (Association of Latin American Pianists and Pedagogues)

3rd September 2016 ALAPP organized a Ginastera Festival with the complete piano works of the composer performed by Fernanda Morello, Fernando Palomeque, Claudio Espector, and Valentin Surif.

7th & 9th October 2016 ALAPP organised the “Adalberto Tortorella”, National Piano competition
together with the Beethoven Foundation.

14th–19th November 2016 ALAPP will hold an International Competition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Argentina’s Independence in Tucumán, with the support of the Embassy of Croatia and the Provincial Government of Tucuman, Argentina.

2016 ALAPP offered a number of concerts in the Liszt Cultural Centre, Concert Hall of the Faculty of Law, Beethoven Foundation, Fernandez Blanco Museum, Auditorium of the National Library and the new Kirchner Cultural Centre.
www.valentinsurifpianist.com

 

MTNA Music Teachers National Association                                                                                                               

18th–22nd March 2017 The MTNA will hold its Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland and would love to welcome EPTA members. A special conference code, EPTA, has been set up which will grant the MTNA member price, $345 instead of $545.
Online registration: use code EPTA
PDF Registration: Available now, EPTA Members can check the Active box under Conference Registration and write EPTA Member on the form. Currently it lists MTNA/CFMTA since this conference is a commemoration of the MTNA/CFMTA conference in 2007.
https://members.mtna.org/conference2017/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

May–August 2016

 

 

EPTA ALBANIA 

We are delighted to welcome Klodi Zheji as the new President of EPTA Albania. She is the Artistic and General Director of the Jordan Misja High School of Arts in Tirana and we wish her many happy years of collaboration with all in the EPTA Family. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Takuina Adami as the President of EPTA Albania after 21 years and we wish to thank her profusely for all her efforts and achievements for EPTA Albania in difficult years.

3th–6th June 2016 EPTA Albania organised the 21st “Young Pianists Festival” with Heribert Koch, Nadia Lasserson, Teresa Trevisan and Flavio Zaccaria on the Jury. The Winners were:

Category A 1st Prize Julia Rukaj, 2nd Prize Risa Citaku
Category B 1st Prize Odessa Meti, 2nd Prize Isla Syknaj
Category C 1st Prize Joel Kakusi, 2nd Prize Nikol Turka, 3rd Prize Sara Nenshat
Category D 1st Prize Mikea Kakusi, 2nd Prize Rejsi Prosi
Category E 1st Prize Anila Aliu Gjilan, 2nd Prize Ebi Coku
Special Prizes were awarded as follows: “Carola Grindea” – Mikea Kakusi, “Philipo Trevisan” – Joel Kakusi, “Beethoven” – Sara Nenshat, “Lola Gjoka” – Rejsi Prosi, “Cesk Zadeja” – Dia Bajrani.

Albania
Prize-winners and Jury of the 21st “Young Pianists Festival”

 

13th–14th June 2016 EPTA Albania held the 10th National Meeting of Amateur Pianists in the Ministry of Culture Hall, Tirana.

The popularity of this competition for young people aged 5–18 years old grows each year with increasing numbers of entries. This year had 119 participants and they had to split the day in two with two separate Juries.1/ Adelina Mula, President, Eva Kalenja , and Bardhylka Sahatci.  2/Klodi Zheji, President, Valbona Kasaj and Anita Vezuli.

 

EPTA AUSTRIA

11th–13th November 2016 EPTA Austria will hold its next annual conference at the newly-built Bruckner University in Linz.                     

Further information on www.epta-austria.at.

 

EPTA BELGIUM Wallonie/Bruxelles

12th February 2017 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles will organise a Recital given by Mathias NAUWELAERTS, Prizewinner of the 2016 »Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes”, at the Espace Culturel of Néthen, (Belgium).

12th March 2017 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles will hold a Recital given by Prizewinners of the 2016 Competition: Steven KLEEVEN (Cat.1), Tom De BEUCKELAER (Cat.3) and TIANHONG Yang (Cat.4) in the Piano’s Maene Auditorium, Ruiselede (Belgium).

20th–25th February 2018 EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxelles will run the 18th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes”, at the Espace Culturel of Néthen. Save the dates!

 

EPTA CROATIA 

29th June–27th August 2016 EPTA Croatia will organise its Annual Summer Masterclasses in the Laus Academy, with final concerts will be held in the Rectors Palace, Dubrovnik:

29th June –3rd July with Dmitrij Bashkirov, 1st–7th August with Naum Grubert, 17th– 22nd August with Vladimir Krpan, 22nd –27th  August with Ida Gamulin. Vladimir Krpan will present his latest recording of  Beethoven’s 32  Sonatas, dedicated to Svetislav Stancic and will give a talk on the interpretation. Ida Gamulin will speak about “Careful and correct thinking in practice– the most important tool in the process towards artistic maturity”.

18th22nd April 2017 EPTA Croatia will hold the 10th EPTA International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Osijek with Diane Andersen, Ida Gamulin, Naum Grubert, Konstantin Krasnitsky and Teresa Trevisan on the jury.

2017 EPTA Croatia will celebrate its 30th Anniversary next year and are already giving many concerts to alert the media and general public to this great event. EPTA Prizewinners Concerts will be held in Varaždin, Split and Rijeka as well as a Gala concert in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb.

5th11th February 2018 EPTA Croatia will run the 6th EPTA Svetislav Stančić International Piano Competition in Zagreb with Eugen Indjic, Murray McLachlan, Natalija Troull, Ida Gamulin, Vladimir Krpan, Naum Grubert and Dina Yoffe on the jury.
www.svetislavstancic.com.hr

 

EPTA CZECH REPUBLIC

10th September 2016 EPTA Czech Republic will organise a Piano seminar in Prague with renowned Czech and foreign guests – prof. Alena Vlasáková from the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with the topic “Reflections of mental and physical elements of a child in piano interpretation”,  prof. Heribert Koch from the University of Münster and one of the presidents of EPTA Germany will present with two of his very talented students Iva Zurbo and Fationa Maliqi : “Let our fingers sing and dance” – Practical demonstrations of specific ways to acquire technical ease and freedom of expression through alternative piano exercises and unconventional fingerings. Prof. Johannes Marian, head of the Institute of Ludwig van Beethoven from the University of Performing Arts in Vienna will talk about the ways of education for pianists at her University and will also perform several prizewinning pieces from the Mauricio Kagel contemporary composition competition and Festival “Days of contemporary piano music” in Vienna and last but not least, a collection of jazz piano pieces named “In the garden of time” will be presented by the author – one of the best Czech jazz pianists and composers prof. Karel Růžička from the Academy of Performing Arts and Conservatory and College of Jaroslav Ježek, Prague.

25th– 26th November 2016 EPTA Czech Republic will hold and exchange project of young pianists from Prague and Vienna – two concerts with the same programme will take place in Prague and Vienna on consecutive days. EPTA Czech Republic would like to create a tradition of organizing concerts with the piano students from both these two music schools of Central European capitals.

 

EPTA DENMARK 

EPTA Denmark is re-organising – Elsebeth Brodersen is resigning because of illness. The new President is Ulla Erml.

EPTA Denmark has a new website, which includes a members list which will find a local piano teacher by zip code, and where every member can announce his activities. Young EPTA has its own page. There is an English section where International activities can be found.

EPTA Denmark 2016 has completed its 10th Successful Danish Grade Exams in seven regions

26th June 2016 EPTA Denmark organized a Masterclass with the famous Russian pianist professor Mikhail Voskresensky

5th November 2016 EPTA Denmark will give a Concert given by students of EPTA members

19th–20th November 2016 EPTA Denmark will organise a Masterclass with the Armenian-Danish pianist, Marianna Shirinyan 

23rd–30th July 2017 The famous International Piano Week will take place in Ollerup.

We all want to thank Elsebeth Brodersen for all her hard work in establishing and maintaining EPTA Denmark over the last twenty six years with wonderful events and programmes. She has been a huge asset to EPTA and we will all miss her. Now we welcome Ulla Erml and look forward to collaborating with her in future years. Message from Elsebeth: “I will still be around and follow everything in EPTA’s work and I so far want to thank you all for your friendship and for great meetings and talks with you. GOOD luck and many warm wishes.”

 

EPTA ESTONIA

The Journal of the Estonian Piano Teachers Association is published biannually.

13th23rd November 2016 The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Estonian Piano Teachers’ Association will hold the 3rd Tallinn International Piano Competition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre; Estonia Concert Hall – Tallinn, Estonia.
Registration deadline: 1 September 2016
www.ema.edu.ee/tipc2016

 

EPTA FINLAND 

11th February 2017 EPTA Finland will hold a one day Seminar with a concert and AGM in the Steinway Gallery, Helsinki.

 

 

10th–13th August 2017 EPTA Finland will host the 39th European Conference of EPTA Associations

at the Helsinki Conservatoire with a splendid programme.

The theme of the Conference is Inspiration.

 

EPTA GERMANY

EPTA Germany continues to run bi-annual Conferences in different regions to enable the greatest number of members to attend.

6th–8th May 2016 EPTA Germany’s bi-annual Piano Seminar was held in Wiesbaden. The topic “Klavier und Gesang” (Piano and singing). 

October 2016  Piano Seminar “Mit Hand und Fuss” (With hand and foot) in Cologne.

 

EPTA GREECE  

26th May 2016  EPTA Greece organised a Recital by the distinguished Russian pianist, Vladimir Viardo, in collaboration with the non profit organisation, Merinna, to raise money for the welfare and care of children and families

27th–28th May 2016  EPTA Greece organised piano masterclasses with Vladimir Viardo.

 

EPTA HUNGARY  

EPTA Hungary continues to raise sponsorship to enable further activities.

8th May 2016 EPTA Hungary organised a massive “Kurtag” 90th birthday celebration in conjunction with EPTA Austria and the MTNA. Many children and teachers from Institutions, Music Schools, Conservatoires and Universities from Austria and Hungary took part and Professor and Mrs Kurtag attended.They were thrilled with the ambiance of the day seeing so many young pianists participating in the Complete Eight volumes of Jatekok (1973–2010), Suite zongorára négykézre (1950), Nyolc zongoradarab Op. 3 (1960) and Átiratok Machaut-tól J.S. Bachig (1991).

 

EPTA ICELAND

 

22nd–25th September 2016 EPTA ICELAND Board looks forward to hosting the

38th European Conference of EPTA Association

which will be held in the Harpa Concert Hall, Conference Center, Reykjavík.

The title of the conference is “Teaching in the 21st Century, Modern Methods and Material”, with focus on new teaching material and methods. Lectures and a variety of musical events will be open to all. There will also be considerable emphasis placed on introducing Icelandic music and musicians. The programme for the conference has now been announced.

There is a fun video introducing Iceland on  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2QgGoAuwoU,

All information and application forms for participation can be found on www.epta.is.

EPTA Iceland looks forward seeing you all in Iceland in September.

 

 

EPTA ITALY 

25th–26th May 2016 EPTA Italy organized the academic exams for students in the Cultural Centre of the Italian Bank, Rome, in a great and elegant hall, with a beautiful piano Steinway

26th–27th June 2016 EPTA Italy organized the 8th “Youth and art”, Competition open for different instruments, at the Auditorium of the Cultural Centre of Italian Bank (Rome). All participants received a Diploma.

28th October–7th November 2016 The XXVIth Chopin Roma International Competition will take place in Rome. 28th September 2016 is the closing date for applications. The Jury will include Vittorio Costa (Italy – President Chairman), Susan Bettaney (United Kingdom), Silvia Rinaldi (Italy), Giovanna Savarese (Italy), Marco Sollini (Italy), Antonio Soria (Spain) and Joanna Trzeciak (Belgium).

Categories:  
‐ Soloists “A”, aged 20 and under  
‐ Soloists “B”, aged 26 and under  
‐ Four Hands Duo, aged 35 and under  
‐ Two Pianos Duo, aged 35 and under
‐ Soloists “Chopin Prize”, aged 35 and under

7th November 2016 The Prizewinners concert will take place in the Theatre Quirino, Rome, with orchestra.

Marcella Crudeli continues her popular monthly Salon concerts in her home and in the Cultural Centre of the Banca d’Italia.

 

EPTA LATVIA   

29th April–4th May 2016 EPTA Latvia organised the 17th International Academic Music Competition, Jurnala 2016, in collaboration with the Jurnala City Council Concert Agency, Mūza, and Jurnala Secondary Music School and Jāzeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music.

22nd–24th August 2016 EPTA Latvia invites high school and university piano students, as well as all piano teachers to participate in annual piano master classes in Jurmala Secondary Music School.

14th October 2016 EPTA Latvia will organise a Festival “Rotko Visions in Sounds” for piano students from Latvian Secondary Music schools (aged 15-19).in collaboration with Staņislavs Broks Secondary Music School in Daugavpils and Daugavpils Cultural Foundation.

http://www.music.lv/epta/notikumi2016.htm

 

EPTA MALTA   

29th November 2015 EPTA Malta planned a Piano Marathon Day to celebrate 25 years since it was launched by Charles Camilieri and Fransina Abela and continued with monthly events (students’ concerts with teachers’ discussions):

25th January 2016, 19th February 2016, 20th March 2016 and 15th May 2016.

 

 

2018 EPTA Malta will host the 40th EUROPEAN Conference,

the year that Valetta celebrates its year as City of Culture.

 

 

EPTA NETHERLANDS     

EPTA The Netherlands’ Documentation & Study Centre (EDSC) Amsterdam
A large collection of books, music, LP’s, CD’s, tapes and many other valuable materials are housed in the Public Library of Amsterdam (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, OBA) near the Central Station of Amsterdam. EPTA members and other music scholars can make use of the Centre, as it was intended, for research and reference. The Centre collaborates with EPTA UK’s Information Centre at the Royal College of Music.

All EPTA The Netherlands Members receive the Piano Journal as well as the Piano Bulletin
(Editor Christo Lelie, Broerhuisstr 44, 2611 GD Delft, Tel/Fax: +31 15 212 6695).

22nd– 25th October 2015 EPTA THE NETHERLANDS hosted the extremely successful 37th European Conference of EPTA Associations in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. EPTA is most grateful to the wonderful Committee of EPTA The Netherlands for all their hard work in preparing this most interesting Conference.

30th May–1st June 2016 EPTA Netherlands organised two of its popular short courses of “POP in the Piano Lesson” for its members and was run by Board member Tilmar Junius.

19th–20th November 2016 EPTA Netherlands will hold its annual conference in Akoesticum in Ede. Parallel sessions at the Conference will be taken up with workshops on “Music Mind Games”
 www.akoesticum.nl

EPTA Netherlands has recently published many of the papers presented at the 2015 EPTA European Conference in Amsterdam , in a 136-page, special edition of its journal, Piano Bulletin. EPTA Netherlands offers the possibility to download a FREE high resolution copy of this through their website.A paper copy is also available at €16.50 each (postage included). Email: administratie@eptanederland.nl.

 

EPTA NORWAY

22nd–24th April 2016 EPTA Norway held its annual weekend in Oslo with Masterclasses by Prof Asaf Zohar from Israel, Recitals given by Prof Zohar, Honorary President Prof Einar Steen-Nøkleberg and young Prizewinners. Lectures included singers working with pianists, introduction of new piano-schools, presentation of “piano-orchestra” as a method, ideas of how to teach “rhythmic genres” on the piano, and there was also an exhibition of sheet music.

October/November 2016 EPTA Norway is also busy hosting the annual competition for young musicians: regional rounds

January 2017 EPTA Norway will host the national Finals. These competitions include different instruments, and this year will see the introduction of guitar, double bass, woodwind, vocal, strings and chamber music.

April 2017 EPTA Norway will hold its conference in Oslo.

 

EPTA POLAND

20th–27th August 2016 EPTA Poland will hold the 6th Polish Piano Workshop in Tomaszow Lubelski near Roztocze National Park – “From Craftmanship to Excellence” with seminars, concerts, individual lessons and improvisation classes.
www.pianistycznewarsztaty.pl

Since 2013, The Artistic Educational Centre and Public Primary Music Schools  in Warsaw organize frequent Individual Piano Consultations.
www.opkfortepian.pl/terminarz

Please see www.kurspianistyczny.com for further information.

 

EPTA PORTUGAL   

16th–23rd July 2016 EPTA Portugal is organizing the second Piano Festival and masterclasses in the northern Portuguese Historic City of Ponte de Lima, The Faculty will consist of Luís Pipa (President, EPTA Portugal) and Paulo Oliveira.

There will be evening concerts throughout the week given by the Faculty, invited soloists, new generation pianists and participants in the masterclasses. The Concerts will take place in different venues in the city. The masterclasses will be held in a magnificent 17th century estate with 15 acres of mature gardens and grounds, tennis court and swimming pool, where participants can stay with full board and accommodation.

 

EPTA RUSSIA  

EPTA Russia has published the 68th issue of its journal FORTEPIANO.

Three CD’s by EPTA Russia’s former honorary President Eugene Malinin have been produced.

October 2016 EPTA Russia is preparing a new Festival “OPUS 16” in Denmark, Aarhus in memory of Anne Oland.

October 2016 EPTA Russia is preparing to take part in a Festival for Young Musicians in Germany, Kassel.

 

EPTA SERBIA–VOJVODINA

August 2016 Panopticum Musicum International Summer School: http://www.yalesmn.org/uklapev/panopticummusicum.htm

3rd–9th December 2016 8th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition. Application deadline 1st October.

After many years of service, Dorian Leljak has offered his resignation as President of EPTA Serbia/Voyvodina and we are grateful to him for all his work. We are delighted to welcome Tatjana Vukmanović and we look forward to meeting her and collaborating with her in future.

 

EPTA SLOVAKIA

President Ida Černecká,
Head of Keyboard  and Dean of the Music Faculty at the Bratislava  Academy.

EPTA Slovakia continues to organise annual events.

 

EPTA SLOVENIA  

22nd–25th May 2016 EPTA Slovenia supported the 6th International Carinthian Piano Competition, Radlje ob Dravi Music School, for Piano solo and Piano four-hands.

18th–19th November 2016: EPTA Slovenia will hold its 16th ”Piano Days” with the title “Silence! Let the Music Speak”. This will take place in the music school, Nova Gorica. The main lectures will be connected to the function of language and contents in music. Some recitals will also be dedicated to Erik Satie.

 

EPTA SWEDEN

1st–2nd October 2016 EPTA Sweden is organizing a national conference in Visby, Gotland.                   

 

EPTA SWITZERLAND

EPTA Switzerland continues to organise two events each year:
30th April 2016 “hörend spielen lernen” (“listen, play, learn”) in Solothurn
5th–6th November 2016 “Digitale Medien – Anwendungen im Klavierunterricht”, (“Digital Media in Piano Teaching”) in the Music Academy, Basle.

 

EPTA UK

EPTA UK will hold three one-day Conferences in 2016 instead of a residential one:
15th May 2016 Edinburgh
11th August 2016 Manchester to include Winners of the Composers competition
18th September 2016 Cambridge 

27th September 2016 Winners of the Advanced Classes of EPTA UK’s 20th Piano Competition will perform in St Martins in the Fields.

2017 EPTA UK 21st Piano Competition Regional Finals will take place in three cities:
11th March 2017 – London – Adjudicator Melvyn Cooper
18th March 2017 – Manchester – Adjudicator Philip Fowke
25th March 2017 – Birmingham – Adjudicator Anna Crookes
 8th April 2017 EPTA UK will hold the Finals of the competition in Manchester – with Peter Donohoe, Noriko Ogawa, Pamela Lidiard as Adjudicators.

EPTA UK also runs an annual Composers Competition:
14th May 2016 was the closing date for the 2016 Competition and the Winners will perform at the August one-day Conference in  Manchester .

EPTA UK continues to run its successful  Piano Teaching Course(PTC) across each academic year.

EPTA’s Archives are now rehoused in the Library of the Royal College of Music, London.
These contain a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members of all EPTA Associations are welcome to consult.
Members are invited to peruse the valuable archives of the EPTA Netherland ‘Documentation and Study Centre’ (EDSC, Curators Frans Schreuder and Albert Brussee).

 

EPTA INDIA ASSOCIATES 

September 2016 French/Moroccan pianist Marouan Benabdallah will give a four-centre tour of concerts in Goa and Chennai organised by Prabhudhas Ivanson and in Bangalore and Thrissur organised in collaboration with the Bangalore School of Music and Chetana Music Academy respectively.

April 2017 A tour is planned with Nadia Lasserson.

 

EPTA ISRAEL ASSOCIATES

EPTA ISRAEL Associates is happy to announce a new working “Teachers’ Forum“ initiated by the Piano Duo Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admoni – which meets regularly at their home in “Neve Shalom” – ”Peace Oasis”, a village of co-existence between Jews and Arabs.

Tel – Aviv Regional Branch is organised by Ifat Zaidel (Israel Conservatory of Music,T-A)

Jerusalem Regional Branch is organised by Asya Yampolski (JAMD) and Mr Dror Semmel (Conservatory) and further meetings are planned for the coming year.

A new Be’er Sheva Regional Branch is organised by Mr.Timor Shapira (Head of Piano at Be’er Sheva Conservatory).
Further meetings are planned for the coming year.

EPTA Israel Associate are pleased to announce a new Haifa Regional Branch at The Dunia Weizman Conservatory of Music, Haifa. Organizer, Mr. Daniel Kruglow, vice-director of the Conservatory.

All regional branches continue with their meetings and diverse activities:
4thJuly 2016 EPTA Israel held its whole-day summer conference at the Givatayim Conservatoire and included the following lectures:

  • The Two- Part Inventions by Bach – Fundamental for the Art of Piano Playing, given by Hanna Shalgi
  • Israeli Piano Music – “The Piano and I”, presenting works for the young player as well as for the concert pianist
  • Lecture/Recital by Joseph Bardanashvili – composer, teaching at JAMD and Buchman – Mehta School of Music
  • An Approach to Sight-reading, a lecture given by Assia Yampolsky from the Conservatory of JAMD
  • Variations – Style and Form, a lecture presented by Michael Damian – composer, musicologist, conductor
  • Alexander Technique for Musicians, a lecture by Eli Chefets – First clarinettist of the Israeli Chamber Orchestra
  • Exhibition of Piano Works by Joseph Bardanashvili

A new website will shortly be working. 

 

ALAPP Argentina (Association of Latin American Pianists and Pedagogues)

The exchange programme with Alapp Chile continues.
Valentín Surif participated with Ruth Sanchez Pasten in two recitals in Santiago de Chile, National Library and Central University as part of the exchange programme with ALAPP Chile.

 

 

 

January–April 2016

 

 

EPTA ALBANIA 

3rd–6th June 2016 EPTA Albania will run the 21st “Young Pianists Festival” with Heribert Koch, Nadia Lasserson, Teresa Trevisan and Flavio Zaccaria on the Jury.

 

EPTA AUSTRIA

We are delighted to welcome the new President Prof. Till Alexander Körber and look forward to many good years of collaboration with EPTA. 

11th–13th November 2016 EPTA Austria will hold its next annual conference at the newly-built Bruckner University in Linz. 

 

EPTA BELGIUM Wallonie/Bruxelles

2nd–7th February 2016  EPTA Belgium Wallonie/Bruxeles held the 13th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes”   in the Espace Culturel of Grez Doiceau. The Jury was led by Diane Andersen, with Heribert Koch, Waldemar Wojtal, Irina Osipova and joined by Nadia Lasserson for the last day of the Finals.

The successful opening Concert was given by the 2014 winner, Simon Passmore.
The Competition ran from 3rd February to 6th with the Finals on Sunday 7th February. 
The Winners were as follows:
Category 1
1st Prize  Leo Bailey-Yang (UK), 2nd Prize Steven Kleeven (Belgium), 3rd Prize Houyue He (China)                                 
Category 2
1st Prize  Leyla Zeynalova (Azerbaijan), 2nd Prize Victor Su (Netherlands), 3rd Prize Klemens Elias Braun (Germany)
Category 3
1st Prize Alexandra Kaptein (Germany), 2nd Prize Michail Kuptsov (Russia), 3rd Prize Tom De Beuckelaer (Belgium)
Category 4
1st Prize Yang Tianhong (China), 2nd Prize Matthias Nauwelaerts (Belgium), 3rd prize Levon Maneseryan (Armenia)

 

EPTA CROATIA

18th22nd April 2017 EPTA Croatia will hold the 10th EPTA International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Osijek.

5th11th February 2018 EPTA Croatia will run the 6th EPTA Svetislav Stancic International Piano Competition in Zagreb.

 

EPTA CZECH REPUBLIC 

10th September 2016 EPTA Czech Republic will organise a Piano seminar in Prague.

 

EPTA DENMARK 

EPTA Denmark is re-organising – Elsebeth Brodersen is resigning because of illness. The new President is Ulla Erml.

27th28th February 2016 A Master Class with world-pianist Eugen Indjic and a piano course for intermediate students with distinguished Danish pianist Tove Loenskov, took place in Copenhagen.

March/April/May 2016 EPTA Denmark will hold Grade Exams for piano students in seven different regions.

23rd–30th July 2017 The famous International Piano Week will take place.

We all want to thank Elsebeth Brodersen for all her hard work in establishing and maintaining EPTA Denmark over the last twenty six years with wonderful events and programmes. She has been a huge asset to EPTA and we will all miss her. Now we welcome Ulla Erml and look forward to collaborating with her in future years.

 

EPTA ESTONIA

13th23rd  November 2016 The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and Estonian Piano Teachers’ Association will hold the 3rd Tallinn International Piano Competition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre; Estonia Concert Hall – Tallinn, Estonia.
Registration deadline: 1st September 2016
Please see here for further information. 

 

EPTA FINLAND 

6th–7th February 2016 EPTA Finland held its very successful  Seminar at the Palmgren institute in Pori, with 110 participants. Professor Ivari Ilja (Estonia) played music of Tönu Körvits, and Eduard Tubin gave an incredible recital of Beethoven and Chopin. Karla Suvanto (Palmgren Conservatory) gave tips for group teaching, Annika Konttori-Gustafsson(Sibelius-Academy) introduced the Finnish  composer Selim Palmgren´s piano pieces. There was also an excellent Students’ concert as well as Panel discussions.

10th–13th August 2017 EPTA Finland will host the European Conference in Helsinki.

                                                                      

EPTA GERMANY

EPTA Germany continues to run bi-annual Conferences in different regions to enable the greatest number of members to attend.

6th–8th May 2016 Piano Seminar in Wiesbaden. The topic “Klavier und Gesang” (Piano and singing). 

October 2016 Piano Seminar “Mit Hand und Fuss” (With hand and foot) in Cologne.

 

EPTA GREECE

EPTA Greece continues its monthly events in the Athens Conservatoire:

January 2016 Dora Bakopoulos gave Masterclasses

February 2016 Vladimir Viardo gave Masterclasses and a Recital

April 2016 Costas Anastassopoulos will pay hommage to John Ireland whose music is rarely heard in Greece.

3rd April 2016 EPTA Greece is organizing 1st one day summit with presentations on piano pedagogy and young soloists concert.

 

EPTA ICELAND

February 2016 EPTA Iceland planned an event to introduce new Icelandic piano books. Among books introduced are “Í fyrsta lagi” by Hafdís Pálsdóttir, “Píanóleikur III” by Björgvin Þór Valdimarsson and “Þræðir” by Agnar Már Magnússon.

 

22nd–25th September 2016 EPTA Iceland Board looks forward to hosting the 38th European Conference of EPTA Associations and is very busy preparing for it. This will be held in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, Reykjavík. The title of the conference is “Teaching in the 21st Century, Modern Methods and Material”, with focus on new teaching material and methods.

Preparations for the 38th International EPTA conference are going very well. Registration is open and the early-bird discount for application is until 17th June.

Please watch a fun video introducing Iceland here.

All information and application forms for participation can be found on the EPTA Iceland website.

EPTA Iceland looks forward seeing you all in Iceland in September.

 

 

EPTA IRELAND 

26th–28th February 2016 EPTA Ireland held its Fifth EPTA Ireland Piano Festival.

 

EPTA ITALY

4th–14th November 2015 The XXVth Chopin Roma International Competition took place with 168 participants from five continents and 32 countries with the Finalists’ concert on 14th November. This occasion of the twenty fifth Competition had record entry numbers and of an extremely high level. Sponsorship continued and Italian National Television reported 75 minute coverage. This year there was collaboration with the European Deaf Academy in order to reproduce some of the music in sign language.

The Winners:
Section “A” (under 19) – Xing CHANG (13, China)
Section “B” (under 25) – Alisa STEKOLSHCHIKOVA (25, Russia)
“Four Hands Duo” Section (under 35) – Ksenia KEMOVA (27) and Olga KEMOVA (22) Russia
“Two Pianos Duo” (under 35) – Aleksandra SOBON-WAKARECY (30) and Pawel WAKARECY (28) Poland
“Chopin” Prize (three rounds and round with orchestra, under 35):
1st Prize – Evgeny STARODUBTSEV (34, Russia)
2nd Prize – Danilo MASCETTI (23, Italy)
3rd Prize – François-Xavier POIZAT (26, Switzerland)

 

EPTA LATVIA

29th April–4th May 2016  EPTA Latvia are delighted to announce the 17th International Academic Music Competition, Jurnala 2016, in collaboration with the Jurnala City Council Concert Agency, Mūza, and Jurnala Secondary Music School and Jāzeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music.

Please see here for further information. 

 

EPTA MALTA   

EPTA Malta continues with monthly events (students’ concerts with teachers’ discussions):

25th January 2016, 19th February 2016, 20th March 2016 and 15th May 2016.

 

2018 EPTA Malta will host the EUROPEAN Conference, the year that Valetta celebrates its year as City of Culture.

 

 

EPTA THE NETHERLANDS   

 

EPTA The Netherland’s Documentation & Study Centre (EDSC) Amsterdam

A large collection of books, music, LP’s, CD’s, tapes and many other valuable materials are housed in the Public Library of Amsterdam (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, OBA) near the Central Station of Amsterdam. EPTA members and other music scholars can make use of the Centre, as it was intended, for research and reference. The Centre collaborates with EPTA UK’s Information Centre at the Royal College of Music.

All EPTA The Netherlands Members receive the Piano Journal as well as the Piano Bulletin (Editor Chisto Lelie, Broerhuisstr 44, 2611 GD Delft, Tel/Fax: +31 15 212 6695).

22nd – 25th October 2015 EPTA THE NETHERLANDS hosted the extremely successful 37th European Conference of EPTA Associations in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. EPTA is most grateful to the wonderful Committee of EPTA The Netherlands for all their hard work in preparing this most interesting Conference.

30th May–1st June 2016 EPTA The Netherlands will organise a course of “POP in the Piano Lesson” for its members which will be run by Boardmember Tilmar Junius.

19th–20th November 2016 EPTA The Netherlands will hold its annual conference in Akoesticum in Ede.

 

EPTA NORWAY

January 2016 The National Finals took place in Oslo.

Spring 2016 EPTA Norway held its annual weekend with Masterclasses, Recitals and Lectures to include singers working with pianists.

 

EPTA POLAND

20th–27th August 2016  EPTA Poland will hold the 6th Polish Piano Workshop in Tomaszow Lubelski near Roztocze National Park – “From Craftmanship to Excellence” with seminars, concerts, individual lessons and improvisation classes. Please see here for further information. 

Since 2013, The Artistic Educational Centre and Public Primary Music Schools  in Warsaw organize frequent Individual Piano Consultations.

Please see here for information on other events.

 

EPTA PORTUGAL   

4th December 2015 EPTA Portugal organised a  Series of Chamber Music Recitals at the “Museu de Artes Decorativas, Viana do Castelo, given by Natália Ferreira, piano Filipa Andrade, piano.

16th–23rd July 2016 EPTA Portugal is organizing the second Piano Festival and masterclasses in the northern Portuguese Historic City of Ponte de Lima, The Faculty will consist of Luís Pipa (President, EPTA Portugal) and Paulo Oliveira.

There will be evening concerts throughout the week given by the Faculty, invited soloists, new generation pianists and participants in the masterclasses. The Concerts will take place in different venues in the city. The masterclasses will be held in a magnificent 17th century estate with 15 acres of mature gardens and grounds, tennis court and swimming pool, where participants can stay with full board and accommodation.

 

EPTA RUSSIA

November 2015 EPTA Russia prepared four concerts in Memory of E. Malinin to celebrate 85 years since his birth.

The next EPTA Russia International Piano Competition for solos and duos will be held in Moscow.

October 2016 EPTA Russia is preparing a new Festival “OPUS 16” in Denmark, Aarhus in memory of Anne Oland.

October 2016 EPTA Russia is preparing to take part in a Festival for Young Musicians in Germany, Kassel.

 

 

EPTA SERBIA–VOJVODINA

January 2016  Musica Ricercata International Winter School                                                                       

11th21st March 2016 EPTA Serbia/Voyvodina held the 8th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition: office@pianomemorial.rswww.pianomemorial.rs

3 rd–9th December 2016 8th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition. Application deadline 1st October.

August 2016 Panopticum Musicum International Summer School

After many years of service, Dorian Leljak has offered his resignation as President of EPTA Serbia/Vojvodina and we are grateful to him for all his work. We are delighted to welcome Tatjana Vukmanović and we look forward to meeting her and collaborating with her in future.

 

EPTA SLOVENIA

19th December 2015 Primož Mavrič gave a masterclass and a Lecture on the Development of a healthy piano technique at the Music School in Litija.

8th–9th January 2016 Lidija Malahotky Haas gave a Masterclass at the Music School in Celje.

22nd–24th January 2016: Alexander Mndojants gave a Masterclass at the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet.

Pianissimo The concerts for the 2015/16 season will be given by Brina Kozlevčar, Urban Stanič, Maja Gombač and the Scaramouche Duo (Neža Koželj, Nadja Rus) in various Slovenian cities. Co-ordinators: Dejan Jakšič and Miha Haas.

22nd –25th May 2016   EPTA Slovenia  supports the 6th International Carinthian Piano Competition
Radlje ob Dravi Music School, for Piano solo and Piano four-hands.
Application deadline: Friday, April 22, 2016
Please find further information and the application form here.

 

EPTA SWITZERLAND

EPTA Switzerland continues to organise two events each year:

30th April 2016 “hörend spielen lernen” (“listen, play, learn”) in Solothurn

5th–6th November 2016 in Basle.

 

EPTA UK

EPTA UK 20th Piano Competition regional Finals took place as follows:
13th February 2016 at the Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff
27th February 2016 at the Regent Hall, London
13th March 2016 at Chethams School of Music, Manchester
19th March 2016  National Finals were held in the Regent Hall, London.
27th September 2016 The Winners of the Advanced Classes will perform in St Martins in the Fields.

EPTA UK will hold three one-day Conferences in 2016 instead of a residential one:
15th May 2016 Edinburgh
11th August 2016 Manchester
18th September 2016 Cambridge 

EPTA UK also runs an annual Composers Competition. 14th May 2016 is the closing date for the 2016 Competition.

EPTA’s Archives are now rehoused in the Library of the Royal College of Music, London.

These contain a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members of all EPTA Associations are welcome to consult.

Members are invited to peruse the valuable archives of the EPTA The Netherlands ‘Documentation and Study Centre’ (EDSC, Curators Frans Schreuder and Albert Brussee).

 

EPTA INDIA ASSOCIATES

23rd–24th February 2016  Prabhudhas Ivanson organized the concert and masterclass of the Bager Trio comprising Laura Riccardi, violin, Angela Feola, piano and Jonathan Bager, flute  in Chennai on behalf of the  Chennai Western Music Association. The concert was held at Museum Theatre and the piano/violin masterclasses at the Musee Musical auditorium.

25th February 2016 The Bager Trio gave a  concert in Pondicherry.

April 2017 A tour is planned with Nadia Lasserson.

 

EPTA ISRAEL ASSOCIATES

26th February 2016 EPTA Israel Associates held a half day winter congress at the Givata’im Conservatory.
Prof. Michael Wladkovski, pianist, teacher (Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris) – lecture recital: “Karol Szymanowski (1882– 1932) The Romantic Avantgarde”.  Israeli Piano Works by Dr. Hana AJIASHVILI, composer, teacher, head of the Or- Yehuda Conservatory and Dr. Reuven Kazhiloti, composer, pianist, teacher (both from Tblisi, Georgia) with participation of Conservatory students. Mrs. Tzeela Rozenblat, teacher – lecture: “The Process of Improvisation and its Contribution to the Piano Teacher and Student”. Mr. Moshe Porat, piano tuner – lecture: “The Story of Sounds – A Survey of the History of the Piano.” The interactive process and mutual influence between the composer and the instrument’s innovations.
Exhibition of Hana Ajiashvili’s and Reuven Kazhiloti’s pianoworks.

Tel – Aviv Regional Branch is organised by Ifat Zaidel (Israel Conservatory of Music,T-A) and held first meeting  a meeting on “Teaching Chopin  and the Russian School” given by Mrs. Ilana Zalka, teacher – lecture.

22nd January 2016 Composer Irena Svetlov will present her piano works.

EPTA Israel Associate are pleased to announce a new Haifa Regional Branch at The Dunia Weizman Conservatory of Music, Haifa. Organizer, Mr. Daniel Kruglow, vice-director of the Conservatory.

28th January 2016, the Haifa Regional Branch held its first meeting with the following program: Dr. Michal Tal gave a masterclass and lecture:  Czerny – More than Dexterity. Mr. Daniel Kruglow, lectured on: Music and Beyond. The Organization & Administration of the Private Piano Studio.

 

 

 

September–December 2015

 

 

EPTA ALBANIA 

3rd–6th June 2016 EPTA Albania will run the 21st “Young Pianists Festival” with Heribert Koch, Nadia Lasserson, Teresa Trevisan and Flavio Zaccaria on the Jury.

 

EPTA ARMENIA 

5th September 2015 EPTA Armenia held its National Conference.

19th December 2015 EPTA Armenia will hold an International Duo Competition in Yerevan. Group A ages 10–13, Group B ages 14–17, and Group C ages 18–20.

 

EPTA AUSTRIA

6th–8th November 2015 EPTA Austria held its celebratory 30th Conference in Graz where it was established in 1985 under the presidency of Sebastian Benda. Topics included: “What exactly do you mean?” (Was meinst du eigentlich?), with psychologists, pedagogues and artists who covered aspects of communication. “I don’t know what I said, before I did not hear the answer from the person opposite” (Paul Watzlawick) – a statement equally important for teachers and (chamber) musicians. Speakers and artists from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK (Nils Franke and Michael Korstick).

EPTA Austria is also about to look for a new managing committee, as Professor Anton Voigt, president since 2006, is not running for re-election. “After nine years of presidency, it is time for a change – for new ideas and by younger ones,” Anton says. He will not, however, retire from being active as pianist, guest-lecturer, adjudicator, and researcher, just having been asked to lecture at the newly established Pre-College at the University Mozarteum Salzburg besides his manifold artistic and musicological activities.

The new president of EPTA Austria was elected at the AGM on November 7 and will be announced, together with the successor of Gianfranco Sannicandro as treasurer, at the next EPTA News. In the meantime all inquiries should be sent to office@epta-austria.at.

January 2016 A collection of previous and recent presentations at EPTA Austria conferences is ready for publication and will be distributed by Universal Edition, Vienna. It contains articles by some of the leading pedagogues of the last decades from the German speaking representatives (Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Konrad Meister, Peter Roggenkamp, Klaus Runze, Klaus Wolters) and some English texts (Arthur Greene, Adina Mornell, Karin Wagner). The compendium will be presented at the Graz Conference.

We all wish to send Anton Voigt our warmest thanks for all his hard work over the last nine years  and  offer him our good wishes in his retirement from the Presidency of EPTA Austria..

 

EPTA BELGIUM Wallonie/Bruxelles

February 2015 The Recital by Wen MING, laureate of the 12th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes” was a great success.It can be viewed on the website.

14th November 2015  EPTA Wallonie/Bruxelles celebrated 25 years with its Annual EPTA Pedagogical Day “Piano pedagogy through the time” – held at  the Conservatoire Balthasar-Florence in Namur.  Presentations: “Blanche Selva: Motion and mind” by Diane Andersen, “Edgar Willems method in Belgium” by Pierre-Yves Cuvelier, “Oli Mohlsen: Pedalisation” by Marie-Dominique Gilles, “Piano need not be lonely” by Nadia Lassersson, “Mompou: The piano music – a pedagogical approach” by Maria Paz Martinez.

2nd –7th February 2016 The 13th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes” will take place in the Espace Culturel of Grez Doiceau. 4 categories. Max. age 24. Deadline for application: December 1, 2015.

 

EPTA CROATIA

EPTA Croatia AGM was held on 26th September. Amendments of the Constitution were accepted according to the new associations’ law in the Republic of Croatia.

 

EPTA CYPRUS 

September 2016 EPTA Cyprus is being reorganised and plans to launch in 2016. Further details to be announced later.

 

EPTA CZECH REPUBLIC

10th September 2016 EPTA Czech Republic will organise its next – Piano seminar in Prague.

 

EPTA DENMARK 

5th–6th December 2015 EPTA Denmark is planning a master class with the Lithuanian professor Aleksandra Zvirblyté.

March/April 2016 EPTA Denmark will hold Grade Exams for piano students.

 24th–30th July 2016 EPTA Denmark will hold its Annual International Master classes with professors Mikhail Voskresensky,(Moscow), Paolo Giacometti, (Düsseldorf) and Eugen Indjic (Paris).

EPTA Denmark has a new website, which includes a members list which will find a local piano teacher by zip code, and where every member can announce his activities. Young EPTA has its own page. There is an English section where International activities can be found.

 

EPTA FINLAND 

6th–7th February 2016 EPTA Finland will hold its next Seminar at the Palmgren institute in Pori.

10th –13t August 2017 EPTA Finland will host the European Conference in Helsinki.

 

EPTA GEORGIA

EPTA Georgia continues to grow and has offered patronage to help several piano teachers and students from the problematic region of Abkhazia who are refugees in various regions of Georgia.

2nd–3rd September 2015 EPTA Georgia held their National Congress to develop young talents in Georgia with Lectures and Masterclasses.

 

EPTA GERMANY

EPTA Germany continues to run bi-annual Conferences in different regions to enable the greatest number of members to attend.

October 2015 EPTA Germany’s Conference was held in Leipzig. The topic “Klavier und Gesang” (Piano and singing). 

May 2016 EPTA Germany will hold its second Conference on the same topic in the Musikhochschule, Münster.

 

EPTA GREECE  

11 November 2015 EPTA Greece held its opening meeting of the year. 

EPTA Greece continues its monthly events in the Athens Conservatoire:
November 2015 Natalia Michailidou gave  Masterclasses on Beethoven Sonatas
December 2015 Mlle Maria Komboti will talk on memorising piano literature
January 2016 Dora Bakopoulos, will give Masterclasses
February 2016 Vladimir Viardo will give Masterclasses and a Recital
April 2016 Costas Anastassopoulos will pay hommage to John Ireland whose music is rarely heard in Greece.

 

EPTA HUNGARY  

EPTA Hungary continues to raise sponsorship to enable further activities.

 

EPTA ICELAND

4th –8th November 2015 EPTA Iceland held its Sixth Piano Competition in Salurinn, Kópavogur. The competition is open to all students under the age of 25, studying in Iceland. Chairman of the Jury was Stefan Bojsten, other members of the jury were Halldór Haraldsson, Edda Erlendsdóttir, Kristinn Örn Kristinsson and Valgerður Andrésdóttir. EPTA Iceland has always commissioned a new piano piece from an Icelandic composer for each EPTA Piano competition. The composer for the competition in 2015 was the renowned Icelandic composer Ms. Anna Þorvaldsdóttir. There was great enthusiasm for the competition this year, with 43 participants.

February 2016 EPTA Iceland
 is planning an event to introduce new Icelandic piano books. Among books introduced are “Í fyrsta lagi” by Hafdís Pálsdóttir, “Píanóleikur III” by Björgvin Þór Valdimarsson and “Þræðir” by Agnar Már Magnússon.

 

22nd–25th September 2016 EPTA Iceland Board looks forward to hosting the 38th European Conference of EPTA Associations and is very busy preparing for it. This will be held in Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, Reykjavík. The title of the conference is “Teaching in the 21st Century, Modern Methods and Material”, with focus on new teaching material and methods. Registration opened  22nd October 2015 and deadline for Abstracts is 6th February 2016.

 


EPTA IRELAND 

EPTA Ireland has launched a new advisory panel to assist members with specific teaching queries and are delighted to welcome Réamonn Keary and David Mooney as specialist advisors.

4th October 2015  EPTA Ireland held its Annual General Meeting and welcome Victoria Whittam to the committee and thank Cormuin Ó Raghallaigh for his many years of service to EPTA Ireland. EPTA Ireland is pleased to announce that Owen Lorigan has taken up the position of Chairperson and we look forward to meeting him at future Conferences.

15th November 2015 EPTA Ireland  held a session on “First Year at the Piano – A Survival Kit for Teachers and Learners” presented by David Mooney, head of keyboard studies at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin Institute of Technology.

29th November 2015 EPTA Ireland organised “Music for Fun” Concerts by students of EPTA Members

26th – 28th February 2016 EPTA Ireland will hold its Fifth EPTA Ireland Piano Festival.

 

EPTA ITALY

10th May 2015  Marcella Crudeli celebrated her 75th birthday and 65 years of her pianistic career in a concert in the Baldini Hall.

4th–14th November 2015 The XXVth Chopin Roma International Competition took place with 168 participants from five continents and 32 countries.

14th November 2015 The final Winners concert was held in the Auditorium of Conciliazione Street, Rome.

Marcella Crudeli continues her popular monthly Salon concerts in her home.

 

EPTA LATVIA   

29th October – 7th December 2015 EPTA Latvia organised a concert series for teachers and professors of the Piano Department of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music-Seven Peaks of Franz Schubert’s Piano Music 2015.
http://www.jvlma.lv/english/events/

8th  November  2015  EPTA LATVIA organised a Festival in Riga for piano students from Latvian Secondary Schools  aged 15–18. This was in collaboration with Pāvuls Jurjāns Music School and the themes were Song, Dance and Nature.

5th December 2015 EPTA Latvia organised the third International Competition for Pianists – Boys “Boys Play” – for piano students from music schools. This was in co-operation with Pārdaugavas School of Music and Art and was held in Riga.

29th April–4th May 2016  EPTA Latvia are delighted to announce the 17th International Academic Music Competition, Jurnala 2016, in collaboration with the Jurnala City Council Concert Agency, Mūza, and Jurnala Secondary Music School and Jāzeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music

http://www.music.lv/epta/notikumi2016.htm

 

EPTA MACEDONIA

November 2015 EPTA Macedonia held its Annual Piano Festival for young pianists from primary music schools in the Skopje State music school. Piano teachers give lectures on the same days.

 

EPTA MALTA   

29th November 2015 EPTA Malta planned a Piano Marathon Day to celebrate 25 years since it was launched by Charles Camilieri and Fransina Abela.

2018 EPTA Malta will host the EUROPEAN Conference, the year that Valetta celebrates its year as City of Culture.

 

EPTA NETHERLANDS   

EPTA Netherlands have recently joined forces with the YPF (Young Pianist Foundation) Piano Festival which takes place at the same time in the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ. Delegates of the EPTA conference attended two of the YPF lectures by Neal Peres da Costa and by Paul Badura-Skoda.

EPTA Netherlands have special Committees for their National conference, International conferences, Research methods for beginners, PR, Workshops, post-graduate studies and Exams for students (LGS).

Coosje de Wit retired from the EPTA Netherlands Board after 28 years of dedicated work since the very start of EPTA. EPTA would like to thank Coosje personally for all her devoted years to help maintain the popularity and success of EPTA Netherlands.

EPTA NETHERLAND’S DOCUMENTATION & STUDY CENTRE (EDSC) AMSTERDAM
A large collection of books, music, LP’s, CD’s, tapes and many other valuable materials are housed in the Public Library of Amsterdam (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, OBA) near the Central Station of Amsterdam. EPTA members and other music scholars can make use of the Centre, as it was intended, for research and reference. The Centre collaborates with EPTA UK’s Information Centre at the Royal College of Music.

All EPTA NETHERLANDS Members receive the Piano Journal as well as the Piano Bulletin

(Editor Chisto Lelie, Broerhuisstr 44, 2611 GD Delft, Tel/Fax: +31 15 212 6695).

22nd – 25th October 2015 EPTA NETHERLANDS hosted the extremely successful 37th European Conference of EPTA Associations in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. EPTA is most grateful to the wonderful Committee of EPTA Netherlands for all their hard work in preparing this most interesting Conference.

21st November 2015 EPTA Netherlands held their Annual Material Market. At the end of the day Albert Brussee gave a lecture/recital about the Dutch composer Bernard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer. The EPTA Frans Schreuderprijs was given to the student with the best thesis.

 

EPTA NORWAY

October 2015 EPTA Norway and Norwegian Music Teachers Association organised nine regional competitions for young musicians in classes covering solo, duet and piano ensemble, woodwind, brass and chamber music. There will be three age categories.

January 2016 The National Finals will take place in Oslo.

Spring 2016 EPTA Norway will hold its annual weekend with Masterclasses, Recitals and Lectures to include singers working with pianists.

 

EPTA PORTUGAL   

20th –22nd November 2015 EPTA Portugal held their First Conference under the new Management in Viana do Castelo.

This meeting focussed on “Piano teaching in Portugal in the XXI century: transformations and challenges” and gathered researchers, pianists and pedagogues to reflect about the challenges faced within their careers. Presenters included António Vitorino D’Almeida, Ana Paula Carreira, Luís Pipa, Miguel Henriques, Carlos Azevedo, Carla Soares Barbosa, Luísa Tender, Isolda Rubio, Ingrid Sotolarova and Carlos Rio as well as a masterclass given by Pedro Burmester, a jazz workshop by Carlos Azevedo and a “Piano Needn’t Be Lonely” workshop by Nadia Lassersson. One of the highlights was the “Gala Concert” on the 21th of November given by renowned portuguese pianists, António Victorino de Almeida, António Rosado, Carlos Azevedo, Luís Pipa, Luisa Tender, Joao Lima, Honor O Hea, Paulo Oliveira, Pedro Burmester and Robert Andres. There were also piano and chamber music recitals, given by Filipa Andrade, Giosué de Vincenti, João Araújo, José Diogo Martins, Natália Ferreira, Pedro Costa, Rafaela Oliveira, Vera Fonte and Nadia Lassersson.

4th December 2015  Series of Chamber Music Recitals at the “Museu de Artes Decorativas, Viana do Castelo, given by

Natália Ferreira, piano Filipa Andrade, piano.


EPTA ROMANIA

Constantin Ionescu-Vovu has decided to step down from EPTA Romania and we thank him and his Committee for all their work. There are plans to re-organise EPTA Romania this coming year.

 

EPTA RUSSIA  

EPTA Russia has published the 68th issue of its journal FORTEPIANO.

Two double CD’s by EPTA Russia’s former honorary President Eugene Malinin have been produced.

October 2015 EPTA Russia prepared a new Festival “OPUS 15” in Denmark, devoted to Nielsen.

 

EPTA SERBIA–VOJVODINA

11th21st March 2016 EPTA Serbia/Voyvodina will hold the 8th International Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial Competition, office@pianomemorial.rs, www.pianomemorial.rs.

 

EPTA SLOVENIA  

September 2015 EPTA Slovenia published the third edition of its own journal VirKLA.

27th–28th November 2015, EPTA Slovenia celebrated the 15th Anniversary of its Annual Conference “Slovenian Piano Days“ at the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet. Special events were held for this occasion as well as lectures, concerts, school projects with topics and a round table discussion.The central theme of the Conference was »Colours on black and white«. Some lectures and concerts were also connected to Alexander Scriabin and his music.

PIANISSIMO The concerts for the 2015/16 season will be given by Brina Kozlevčar, Urban Stanič, Maja Gombač and the Scaramouche Duo (Neža Koželj, Nadja Rus) in various Slovenian cities. Co-ordinators: Dejan Jakšič and Miha Haas.

 

EPTA SPAIN   

28th September 2015 EPTA Spain organised a “Piano Needn’t Be Lonely” session on Chamber Music with Nadia Lasserson.

14th –15th November 2015 EPTA Spain organised a Seminar on Scaramuzza, the famous piano teacher from Buenos Aires, with Alberto Portugheis.

December 2015 EPTA Spain will hold its Second EPTA Piano Festival.

 

EPTA SWEDEN

25th –27th September 2015 EPTA Sweden held its Annual Conference in Västerås.   

 

EPTA SWITZERLAND 

EPTA Switzerland continues to organise two events each year.

9th May 2015 Heribert Koch talked on “Interpretation – von Anfang an” (“Interpretation – from the very beginning”) in Lucerne.

7th November 2015 topic tba.

The Conference was held in the Bern Campus Muristalden.

 

EPTA TURKEY   

EPTA Turkey is in the process of finally being born and we await further information with great anticipation.

Hande Dalkilic performed in Amsterdam and is planning to set Turkey on the EPTA map.

 

EPTA UK

EPTA UK is delighted to welcome Carole Booth as its new Administrator and wish her many happy years with EPTA UK. Kathryn Page has stepped down as the Administrator after six extremely successful years. EPTA is most grateful to her for all her tireless hard work. Huw Jones stepped down in July and we look forward to Collaborating with Carole.

The Practical Piano Teaching course, run by Lucinda Mackworth – Young is in its fifth successful year.

21st September 2015 The Advanced Winners of the EPTA UK 19th Piano Competition performed in St Martin in the Fields, London. The overall winner of the Piano competition 2015 is Lyad Sughayer.

Other Winners: INTERMEDIATE II Rowel Friers, ADVANCED I Yao-Chich Kuo, 12 & UNDER Rhys Concessao, 15 & UNDER Lauren Zhang, ADVANCED III Carla Troyas, 18 & UNDER James Ellis, ADVANCED IV LIyad Sughayer.
The Casio prize-winner from the National Final is James Ellis.
Casio Regional Winners Oliver Tait (Cardiff), Galareh Tabatabaei (London), Charlotte Winship (Manchester).
The Adjudicators were: Vanessa Latarche, Niel Immelman, and Ronan O’Hora.

7th November 2015 A Steinway piano day was organised for EPTA teachers and adult students.

14th November 2016 Inaugural EPTA Young Performers Masterclass was held in Manchester and organised by Susan Bettaney.

EPTA UK 20th Piano Competition regional Finals take place as follows:
13th February 2016 at the Royal Welsh College of Music, Cardiff
27th February 2016 at the Regent Hall, London
13th March 2016 at Chethams School of Music, Manchester
19th March 2016 National Finals will be held in the Regent Hall, London.

EPTA UK will hold three one-day Conferences in 2016 instead of a residential one:
15th May 2016 Edinburgh
11th August 2016 Manchester
18th September 2016 Cambridge 

EPTA UK also runs an annual Composers Competition. The 2015 Winner was Seamus Heath and the Winner of the Frank Martin Memorial award was Paul Greally. Other Winners: CATEGORY 1 Jacky Xiaoyu Zhang, CATEGORY 2 Zhenyi Li, CATEGORY 3 Fergus McGregor, CATEGORY 4  Seamus Heath, CATEGORY 6 Graham Rix, CATEGORY 7 Paul Greally. The adjudicator was Pamela Wedgwood. Closing date for the 2016 Competition is 14th May 2016.

EPTA’s Archives are now rehoused in the Library of the Royal College of Music, London. These contain a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members of all EPTA Associations are welcome to consult. Members are invited to peruse the valuable archives of the EPTA Netherland ‘Documentation and Study Centre’ (EDSC, Curators Frans Schreuder and Albert Brussee).

 

EPTA INDIA ASSOCIATES 

15th September 2015 Chennai Western Music Association presented its fifteenth concert at Museum Theatre, a vocal recital by soprano Joanne D’Mello, accompanied on the piano by Sung-Ah Park, both settled in Germany.

13th – 17th October 2015 American guitarist Rupert Boyd gave four concerts in Calcutta, Chennai, Panjim & Calangute in Goa, organised by Prabhudas ivanson.

April 2016 A tour is planned with Nadia Lasserson.

 

EPTA ISRAEL ASSOCIATES

EPTA ISRAEL Associates is happy to announce a new working “Teachers’ Forum“ initiated by the Piano Duo Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admoni – which meets regularly at their home in “Neve Shalom” – ”Peace Oasis”, a village of co-existence between Jews and Arabs.

26th February 2016 EPTA Israel Associates will hold a half day winter congress  at the Givata’im Conservatory

Prof. Michael Wladkovski, pianist, teacher (Ecole Normale de Musique, Paris) – lecture recital: “Karol Szymanowski (1882– 1932) The Esthetic and Evolution “. Israeli Piano Works by Dr. Hana AJIASHVILI, composer, teacher, head of the Or- Yehuda Conservatory and Dr. Reuven Kazhiloti, composer, pianist, teacher (both from Tblisi, Georgia) with participation of Conservatory students. Mrs. Tzeela Rozenblat, teacher – lecture: “The Process of Improvisation and its Contribution to the Piano Teacher and Student”. Mr. Moshe Porat, piano tuner – lecture: “The Story of Sounds – A Survey of the History of the Piano.” The interactive process and mutual influence between the composer and the instrument’s innovations. Exhibition of Hana Ajiashvili’s and Reuven Kazhiloti’s pianoworks.

Tel – Aviv Regional Branch is organised by Ifat Zaidel (Israel Conservatory of Music,T-A) and will hold a meeting on “Teaching Chopin  and the Russian School” given by Mrs. Ilana Zalka, teacher – lecture.

Jerusalem Regional Branch is organised by Asya Yampolski (JAMD) and Mr Dror Semmel (Conservatory) and further meetings are planned for the coming year.

A new Be’er Sheva Regional Branch is organised by Mr.Timor Shapira (Head of Piano at Be’er Sheva Conservatory).


ALAPP Argentina (Association of Latin American Pianists and Pedagogues)

The exchange programme with Alapp Chile continues.

Valentín Surif participated with Ruth Sanchez Pasten in two recitals in Santiago de Chile, National Library and Central University as part of the exchange programme with ALAPP Chile.

 

 

 

May–August 2015:

 

 

EPTA ALBANIA

22nd–24th May 2015 The 20th “Young Pianists Festival” took place in Tirana with Heribert Koch, Teresa Trevisan and Flavio Zaccaria on the Jury. Winners were:

“Carola Grindea” Prize Ebi Coku (16, Tirana), “Lola Gjoka” Prize Ivo Gjika (17, Tirana), “Filippo Trevisan” Prize Orenc Graca (12, Elbasan), “Cesk Zadeja” Prize Bea Bajrami (12, Kosovo), “Heribert Koch” Prize for Masterclasses in Düren, Germany Iva Zurbo (13), “Beethoven” Prize Paola Budani (17, Elbasan), “Chopin” Prize Jozefina Lelaj (9, Shkodra), and the “Andre Hajdu” Prize Klaudia Gjini (9, Durres).

5th and 11th June 2015 EPTA Albania organised “The meeting of young pianists for culture”.

Takuina Adami has organised these events for twenty years and is now stepping down. EPTA thanks her for all her hard work, enthusiasm and determination to maintain these successful events throughout the many hard times. We all offer our deep gratitude and wish her every success.  

 

EPTA ARMENIA

14th April 2015 EPTA Armenia organised a concert and Masterclasses at Hovtashat Secondary School.

21st April 2015 EPTA Armenia organised a concert dedicated a concert to the Hundredth Anniversary of Armenian Genocide in the Komitas Museum, Yerevan.

1st June 2015 EPTA Armenia organised a concert for International Children’s Day “First Steps” – children from several Armenian regions participated and there was a photo exhibition as well as the Annual Award for the best piano teachers.

5th September 2015 EPTA Armenia will hold its National Conference.

19th December 2015 EPTA Armenia will hold an International Duo Competition in Yerevan.
Group A ages 10–13, Group B ages 14–17, and Group C ages 18–20.

 

EPTA AUSTRIA

6th–8th November 2015 EPTA Austria will hold its celebratory 30th Conference in Graz where it was established in 1985 under the presidency of Sebastian Benda. Topics will include: “What exactly do you mean?” (Was meinst du eigentlich?), with psychologists, pedagogues and artists who will cover aspects of communication.
“I don’t know what I said, before I did not hear the answer from the person opposite” (Paul Watzlawick) – a statement equally important for teachers and (chamber) musicians. Speakers and artists from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the UK (Nils Franke and Michael Korstick).
Click here for more details: EPTA Kongress Graz 2015

January 2016 A collection of previous and recent presentations at EPTA Austria conferences is ready for publication and will be distributed by Universal Edition, Vienna. It contains articles by some of the leading pedagogues of the last decades from the German-speaking representatives (Edith Picht-Axenfeld, Konrad Meister, Peter Roggenkamp, Klaus Runze, Klaus Wolters) and some English texts (Arthur Greene, Adina Mornell, Karin Wagner). The compendium will be presented at the Graz Conference.

 

EPTA BELGIUM Wallonie/Bruxelles

14th November 2015  EPTA Wallonie/Bruxelles will organise its Annual EPTA Pedagogical day.

2nd–7th February 2016 The 13th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes” will take place in the Espace Culturel of Grez Doiceau.

 

EPTA CROATIA

8th–11th April 2015 EPTA Croatia held its 9th International Competition in Osijek with over 50 candidates from fifteen countries. The Winners: 
A category Arsen Dalibaltayan, Sebastian Debeljak, Matija Kranjčić (all from Croatia)
B category Jan Niković (Croatia), Elia Cecino (Italy), Ivan Božanić (Croatia), Mia Pečnik (Croatia), Galina Nikolin (Serbia)
C category Mislav Ivaci (Croatia)
EPTA Croatia Award Ivan Božanić
Zagreb Concert Management Award for the best-placed competitor Jan Niković.

EPTA Croatia organizes International Piano masterclasses at the LAUS Summer Academy in Dubrovnik:
27th July–1st August 2015 Ida Gamulin will give the Masterclasses
10th–16th August 2015 Naum Grubert will give the Masterclasses
16th–21st August 2015 Vladimir Krpan will give the Masterclasses
14th–19th September Dmitrij Bashkirov will give the Masterclasses.

 

EPTA CZECH REPUBLIC

August 2015 EPTA Czech Republic will organize another Piano seminar. Lecture-recitals by Jitka Fowler, on a new revision of Bach´s Anna Magdalena Notebook in Edition Bärenreiter Prague, the complete piano works by Josef Bohuslav Foerster, the complete Jazz etudes by Milan Dvořák given by Milan Franek and Dr. László Vikárius, the head of the Budapest Bartók Archives, lectured on the complete piano music of Béla Bartók. EPTA Czech Republic hopes to receive a grant from the Czech Ministry of culture to help future activities.

 

EPTA DENMARK

19th–25th July 2015 EPTA Denmark will hold the 16th International Piano Week in Ollerup.

 

EPTA FINLAND

6th–7th February 2016 EPTA Finland will hold its next Seminar at the Palmgren institute in Pori.

10th–13t August 2017 EPTA Finland will host the European Conference in Helsinki.

 

EPTA GEORGIA

EPTA Georgia continues to grow and has offered patronage to help several piano teachers and students from the problematic region of Abkhazia who are refugees in various regions of Georgia.

28th April 2015 EPTA Georgia held its National Piano Competition for Young Musicians and awarded the “Temur Matureli Prize for piano teachers” to Professor R. Tavadze.

2nd–3rd September 2015 EPTA Georgia are planning their National Congress to develop young talents in Georgia with Lectures and Masterclasses.

 

EPTA GERMANY

October 2015 EPTA Germany’s Conference will be held in Leipzig. The topic Klavier und Gesang (Piano and singing). 

May 2016 EPTA Germany will hold its second Conference on the same topic in Musikhochschule, Münster.

 

EPTA GREECE

EPTA Greece will resume its monthly sessions in the Autumn, after end of year examinations. 

 

EPTA HUNGARY  

25th April, 8th and 15th May 2015 EPTA Hungary received sponsorship from the National Cultural Foundation, making it possible to organise concerts in three cities, all featuring twentieth century Hungarian composers who had offered valuable pedagogical contributions and who were now celebrating 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays – Gyorgy Kurtag, Peter Eotvos, Sandor Balassa, Zsolt Durko, Jozsef Sari, Jozsef Soproni and Lajos Papp whose children’s compositions based on folk texts were performed by elementary pupils who also contributed to the success of these concerts, all of which gave an interesting and varied overview of the wide range and breadth of creativity to be found in music of the past decades. Each composer had his own very personal style and message.

 

EPTA ICELAND

22nd April 2015 EPTA Iceland held its AGM in the Allegro Music School to elect a new Board.

3rd–8th November 2015 EPTA Iceland will hold its Sixth Piano Competition in Salurinn, Kópavogur. The competition is open to all students under the age of 25, studying in Iceland. Chairman of the Jury will be Heribert Koch. Other members of the jury are Halldór Haraldsson, Edda Erlendsdóttir, Kristinn Örn Kristinsson and Valgerður Andrésdóttir.

22nd–25th September 2016 EPTA Iceland looks forward to hosting the 38th European Conference of EPTA Associations in Reykjavik and is already making initial preparations.

 

EPTA ITALY

4th–14th November 2015 The XXVth Chopin Roma International Competition will take place. Deadline for applications: 12th October 2015. Further information: www.chopinroma.it, or browse our site.

Marcella Crudeli continues her popular monthly Salon concerts in her home and celebrated 65 years of her performing career with a special concert.

 

EPTA MACEDONIA

November 2015 EPTA Macedonia will hold its Annual Piano Festival for young pianists from primary music schools in the Skopje State music school. Piano teachers give lectures on the same days.

 

EPTA MALTA

November 2015 EPTA Malta is planning a Conference to celebrate 25 years since it was launched by Charles Camilieri and Fransina Abela. Further details to be announced.

2018 EPTA Malta will host the EUROPEAN Conference, the year that Valetta celebrates its year as City of Culture.

 

EPTA THE NETHERLANDS

10th May, 7th May and 21st May 2015 Tilmar Junius organised days on “Pop in the Piano Lesson” in the Utrecht Conservatoire.

30th May, 6th June and 20th June 2015 Days on Sibelius 7 by popular demand in the Utrecht Conservatoire.

20th September 2015 “How to Manage the Digital part of our job” in the Library of Amsterdam, OBA.

2nd–25th October 2015 EPTA THE NETHERLANDS will host the 37th European Conference of EPTA Associations in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Key Connections is the theme of the conference: how do we manage important connections within our profession? How do we connect to our instrument and its manifold music, with our students and their world, with our audience, to other art disciplines, and to science? Questions and answers from each EPTA country. Some keynote lecturers already include: Ralph van Raat (masterpianist in contemporary music), rising star Kaja Draksler (improvisor and composer) and Frank Bakker (human movement and sport scientist).

EPTA Netherlands looks forward to hosting a large number of colleagues from many countries. Lectures, recitals, workshops and discussions will inspire and inform everyone.

22nd October –Thursdaynight. There will be a concert with contributions from different EPTA Associations.
23rd October – a cultural surprise.
24th October – AGM will take place. 

For further details please check regularly on www.eptanederland.nl/agenda/conference-2015 or contact Hetty Floors, conference2015@eptanederland.nl

 

EPTA NORWAY

6th8th February 2015 EPTA Norway returned to its annual EPTA conference in Kristiansund, connected with the famous Opera Festival. Following Einar Sten-Nokleberg’s decision to retire as President of EPTA Norway, he was appointed Honorary President on this occasion. After 38 years, EPTA wish to thank him for all his hard work and effort.

April 2015 EPTA Norway and the Norway Music Teachers Association held a joint meeting and decided that this was the way forward. The two bodies will join forces for events in future as this will reach out to many more pianists and teachers. Elin Persson was elected President for EPTA Norway and we wish her very success.

October 2015 EPTA Norway and Norwegian Music Teachers Association will organize regional competitions for solo, duet and piano ensemble. There will be three age categories.

January 2016 The National Finals will take place in Oslo.

Spring 2016 EPTA Norway will hold its annual weekend.

 

EPTA PORTUGAL

18th–25th July 2015 EPTA Portugal will organize a Piano Festival and masterclasses in the Historic City of Ponte de Lima, with evening concerts throughout the week given by the Faculty, Luis Pipa and Paulo Oliveira, as well as new generation pianists and participants of the Masterclasses.

21st–22nd November 2015 EPTA Portugal are holding their First Conference under the new Management.

 

EPTA RUSSIA

October 2015 EPTA Russia is preparing a new Festival “OPUS 15” in Denmark, devoted to Nielsen.

 

EPTA SERBIA–VOJVODINA

August 2015 Panopticum Musicum International Summer School at the Isidor Bajić Music School.

11th–21st March 2016 EPTA Serbia-Vojvodina will hold the 8th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition.
Website: www.pianomemorial.rs
Email: office@pianomemorial.rs

 

EPTA SLOVENIA

27th–28th November 2015, EPTA Slovenia will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of its Annual Conference “Slovenian Piano Days“at the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet. Special events will be held for this occasion.

September 2015 EPTA Slovenia will publish the third edition of its own journal VirKLA.

PIANISSIMO The concerts for the 2015/16 season will be given by Brina Kozlevčar, Urban Stanič, Maja Gombač and the Duo Scaramouche in various Slovenian cities. Co-ordinators: Dejan Jakšič and Miha Haas.

 

EPTA SPAIN

5th June 2015 EPTA Spain organised a concert given by members at the Centro Cibeles Auditorium, Madrid.

4th–25th July 2015 Alberto Urroz will be running Masterclasses in the Academia Internacional de Musica in Madrid-Pozuelo de Alarcon.

October 2015 EPTA Spain will organise a “Piano Needn’t Be Lonely“ session on Chamber Music with Nadia Lasserson.

14th–15th November EPTA Spain will organise a Seminar on Scaramuzza, the famous piano teacher from Buenos Aires, with Alberto Portugheis.

December 2015 EPTA Spain will hold its Second EPTA Piano Festival.

 

EPTA SWEDEN

25th–27th September 2015 EPTA Sweden’s next conference will be held in Västerås.

 

EPTA SWITZERLAND

7th November 2015 topic tba. The Conference will be held in the Bern Campus Muristalden.

 

EPTA UK

30th July–1st August 2015 EPTA UK will hold its Annual Conference at Warwick University, Coventry. Speakers include Robin Bigwood, Alex Bowen, Nils Franke, Patrick Gundry-White, Julian Hellaby, John Lenehan, Nancy Litten, Mark Tanner, Murray McLachlan, with a World premiere of a Choral Work by Suzanna Heheghan Greally (Winner of the Composers’ Competition). Barn Dancing, Improvising and Masterclasses. Gala Recital will be given by Dr Leslie Howard on Thursday 30th July.

The Practical Piano Teaching course, run by Lucinda Mackworth–Young is in its fifth successful year.

21st September 2015 The Advanced Winners of the EPTA UK 19th Piano Competition will perform in St Martin in the Fields.
The overall winner of the Piano competition 2015 is Lyad Sughayer.
Other Winners: Intermediate II Rowel Friers, Advanced I Yao-Chich Kuo, 12 & under Rhys Concessao, 15 & under Lauren Zhang, Advanced III Carla Troyas, 18 & under James Ellis, Advanced IV LIyad Sughayer.
The Casio prize-winner from the National Final is James Ellis.
Casio Regional Winners Oliver Tait (Cardiff), Galareh Tabatabaei (London), Charlotte Winship (Manchester).
The adjudicators were: Vanessa Latarche, Niel Immelman, and Ronan O’Hora.

EPTA UK also runs an annual Composers Competition. The 2015 Winner was Seamus Heath and the Winner of  the Frank Martin Memorial award was Paul Greally.
Other Winners: CATEGORY 1 Jacky Xiaoyu Zhang, CATEGORY 2 Zhenyi Li, CATEGORY 3 Fergus McGregor, CATEGORY 4  Seamus Heath, CATEGORY 6 Graham Rix, CATEGORY 7 Paul Greally.
The adjudicator was Pamela Wedgwood.

Successful Yamaha morning events continue:
24th September 2015

Steinway days will take place:
7th November 2015 A piano day for EPTA teachers and adult students.

Further information from admin@epta-uk.org

EPTA’s Archives are now rehoused in the Library of the Royal College of Music, London. These contain a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members of all EPTA Associations are welcome to consult.

Members are invited to peruse the valuable archives of the EPTA Netherland ‘Documentation and Study Centre’ (EDSC, Curators Frans Schreuder and Albert Brussee).

 

EPTA INDIA ASSOCIATES

14th April 2015 Prabhudhas Ivanson collaborated with Art Chamber, Calangute, Goa in the Internationally renowned Arties Ensemble’s concert.

 

EPTA ISRAEL ASSOCIATES

EPTA Israel Associates is happy to announce a new working “Teachers’ Forum“ initiated by the Piano Duo Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admoni – which meets regularly at their home in “Neve Shalom” – ”Peace Oasis”, a village of co- existence between Jews and Arabs.

12th July 2015 EPTA Israel Associates will hold its whole-day Summer Conference at the Givata’im Conservatory with: “Duets and two piano works – their important contribution to the musical development of the student at all levels”, Mr. Yuval Admony, pianist and teacher at the Buchman-Mehta School of Music, JMC. A Recital by the Kanasawa-Admony Duo. Prof. Joel Engel (T-A Univ., Tel-Hashomer Hospital), Lecture (continued) “Pathologies of the upper extremities and their effect on pianists, nerve, tendons, overuse and joint injuries”. Israeli piano music by Prof. Moshe Zorman, composer, pianist, lecturer. Lecture-recital “The art of paraphrase and modern piano music”. Teachers Forum. Mrs. Assia Yampolski (Conservatory of AMD Jerusalem), Lecture “The first steps of the young student “. Student Concert. Exhibition of piano works by Moshe Zorman.

Tel Aviv Regional Branch is organised by Ifat Zaidel (Israel Conservatory of Music, T-A) and will hold its last two meetings of the five: Ms Mira Gal, “How to overcome stage fright“. Prof. Eitan Globerson, Masterclass.

Jerusalem Regional Branch is organised by Asya Yampolski (JAMD) and Mr Dror Semmel (Conservatory) and will also hold its last two meetings of the five: Mrs. Neta Leder, “Baroque Ideas – Fantasy in d minor by Mozart“; Mrs Mira Gal, “How to overcome stage fright“.

A new Be’er Sheva Regional Branch is organised by Mr. Timor Shapira (Head of Piano at Be’er Sheva Conservatory). Two meetings are planned – Mrs. Dina Chaikin will present “Interaction with parents” and “Presenting a piano method“. Mrs. Fania Eisenberg will present “The importance motivating students during the piano lesson“.

 

ALAPP ARGENTINA (Association of Latin American Pianists and Pedagogues)

2015 ALAPP Argentina Associates are organizing masterclasses by Carmen Piazzini (Germany – Argentina), Estela Telerman and Valentin Surif on Romanticism and Argentinian Composers.

There will also be a Piano Competition for young pianists, who will offer concerts at the Museum Isaac Fernandez Blanco, Auditorium of the National Library, Auditorium of the Centre of Economic Science, and Concert Hall of Bnai Brith among others.

The exchange programme with Alapp Chile continues.

In 2015 ALAPP Argentina is presenting a series of recitals by Argentinian young talents as well as artists from Argentina, Italy, and Russia. The concerts will take place in the “Franz Liszt” auditorium of the Centre of High Musical Studies, Jorge Luis Borges Hall at the National Library, Auditorium of the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires, Museum of Latin American Art “Isaac Fernández Blanco” and the Concert Hall of the Professional Council of Economic Sciences. Irina Dichkovskaia (Russia) will present works by Rachmaninov and Chopin, Alessandro Cesaro (Italy) will pay homage to Scriabin with his Piano Sonatas, Valentina Diaz Frénot (Argentina-Paraguay-France) will perform French and Fernanda Morello (Argentina) will focus on Romantic composers. Mirian Conti (Argentina-USA), from the Juilliard School of Music will give a Seminar on the works of Scriabin.

Valentín Surif will participate with Ruth Sanchez Pasten in two recitals in Santiago de Chile, National Library and Central University as part of the exchange programme with ALAPP Chile.

 

 

 

 

January–April 2015:

 

EPTA ALBANIA

EPTA Albania has been celebrating 21 years of activities and we send them our heartfelt congratulations.

In 1997 the late Carola Grindea headed the Jury of the 2nd “Young Pianist Festival” and established a prize in her name. 

22nd–24th May 2015 the 20th “Young Pianists Festival” will take place in Tirana with Heribert Koch, Teresa Trevisan and Flavio Zaccaria on the Jury.

 

EPTA ARMENIA

19th December 2015 EPTA Armenia will hold an International Duo Competition in Yerevan. Group A ages: 10-13, Group B ages: 14-17, and Group C ages: 18-20.

 

EPTA AUSTRIA

6th–8th November 2015 EPTA Austria will hold its celebratory 30th Conference. Programme details to be announced.

 

EPTA BELGIUM Wallonie/Bruxelles

8th February 2015 Recital given by Wen Ming, young Chinese pianist and Laureate of the 12th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes” at Grez Doiceau.

2015 EPTA Wallonie/Bruxelles will organise the Annual EPTA Pedagogical day. Topics and exact dates to be announced later.

2nd–7th February 2016 The 13th “Rencontres Internationales des Jeunes Pianistes” will take place in the Espace Culturel of Grez Doiceau.

 

EPTA CROATIA

7th–11th April 2015 The 9th EPTA International Competition for Young Pianists will be held in Osijek with the jury Mariann Abraham, Diane Andersen, Naum Grubert, Heribert Koch and Ida Gamulin.

12th April 2015 Naum Grubert will give a Masterclass to EPTA Croatia members at the Zagreb Music Academy.

EPTA Croatia organizes International Piano masterclasses at the Laus Summer Academy in Dubrovnik:

27th July–1st August 2015 Ida Gamulin & Vladimir Krpan will give the Masterclasses.

10th–16th August 2015 Naum Grubert will give the Masterclasses.

14th–19th September 2015 Dmitrij Bashkirov will give the Masterclasses.

 

EPTA CZECH REPUBLIC

We all wish to congratulate Milan Franek on his new appointment as Faculty member of the piano department of the Vienna Music Academy.

August 2015 EPTA Czech Republic plan to organize another Piano seminar. To include lecture-recitals by Jitka Fowler, on a new revision of Bach´s Anna Magdalena Notebook in Edition Bärenreiter Prague, the complete piano works by Josef Bohuslav Foerster, the complete Jazz etudes by Milan Dvořák given by Milan Franek and Dr. László Vikárius, the head of the Budapest Bartók Archives, who will give a lecture on the complete piano music of Béla Bartók. EPTA Czech Republic hopes to receive a grant from the Czech Ministry of culture to help future activities.

 

EPTA DENMARK

22nd March 2015 Piano Masterclass with Martin Lyshom Jepsen at Odense Musikskole.

April 2015 EPTA Grade Exams took place.

19th–25th July 2015 EPTA Denmark will hold the 16th International Piano Week to be held in Ollerup.

EPTA Denmark has a new website, which includes a members list which will find a local piano teacher by zip code, and where every member can announce his activities. Young EPTA has its own page. There is an English section where International activities can be found.

 

EPTA ESTONIA

The Journal of the Estonian Piano Teachers Association is published biannually.

 

EPTA FINLAND

7th–8th February 2015 EPTA Finland held its successful Annual weekend in the Music Academy of Tampere, with over 200 participants and a most interesting programme. Lectures included: Prof. Erik T. Tawaststjerna, on the use of Sibelius and he also gave a teaching demonstration; Prof. Matti Raekallio on “Experiences from homeland and other countries”, Prof. Seppo Kimanen on “How to keep up one´s enthusiasm”. Ristoa Lauriala´gave the Gala Piano Recital. There were student concerts and discussions. The AGM took place on the 7th February with elections of the Board. There was one change, Jani Aarrevaar replaces Niklas Pokki.

 

EPTA GERMANY

EPTA Germany continues to run bi-annual Conferences in different regions to enable the greatest number of members to attend easily.

October 2014 EPTA Germany’s Conference was held in the Steingraeber Piano Manufacturer, Bayreuth.

May 2015 EPTA Germany will hold its second Conference in Musikhochschule, Münster.

 

EPTA GREECE

EPTA Greece continues its monthly events: January 2015 Masterclasses with David Lively, February 2015 Student Pedagogical Sessions, March 2015 Masterclasses with Dora Bacopoulou.

 

EPTA ICELAND

EPTA Iceland sends their warmest thanks to all the various EPTAs who sent many encouraging words and good wishes during the 5 week music teachers strike last October and November. Finally a deal was made which will give music teachers in Iceland around 15% raise over a one year period. Although they will still have 15% less pay than other teachers hopefully it is a step in the right direction.

7th March 2015 EPTA Iceland held its 2nd Annual EPTA Conference in Hannesarholt. It was a day of lectures and introductions to new piano books with a Dinner in the evening. This was to replace the planned date in October 2014 which had to be cancelled for many reasons including the labour dispute and strike.

22nd April 2015 EPTA Iceland will hold its AGM in the Allegro Music School to elect a new Board.

3rd–8th November 2015 EPTA Iceland will hold its Sixth Piano Competition in Salurinn, Kópavogur. The competition is open to all students under the age of 25, studying in Iceland. Chairman of the Jury will be Heribert Koch. Other members of the jury are Halldór Haraldsson, Edda Erlendsdóttir, Kristinn Örn Kristinsson and Valgerður Andrésdóttir.

22nd–25th September 2016 EPTA Iceland looks forward to hosting the 38th European Conference of EPTA Associations in Reykjavik and is already making initial preparations.

 

EPTA IRELAND

EPTA Ireland has launched a new advisory panel to assist members with specific teaching queries and are delighted to welcome Réamonn Keary and David Mooney as specialist advisors.

EPTA Ireland is pleased to announce that Owen Lorigan has taken up the position of Chairperson.

18th January 2015, EPTA Ireland organised “Piano Playing and Musicianship: An integrated approach” with Lorraine O’Connell, in Dublin.

13th–14th February 2015 EPTA Ireland ran its 4th Piano Festival, focusing on second level students, National Concert Hall, Dublin. Contemporary Irish Music competitions were sponsored by the Contemporary Music Centre.

8th March 2015 Masterclass with Darina Gibson in the Pianos Plus Recital Hall.

26th April 2015 “Music for Fun” in the Rathmines & Rathgar Hall.

10th May 2015 Teachers’ Forum followed by a recital given by Peter Regan in the Rathmines & Rathgar Hall.

 

EPTA ITALY

Sadly, Aldo Ciccolini died recently and is no longer on the committee. EPTA Italy is grateful to him for his continued support.

2014/2015 EPTA Italy have been organising a further ten concerts in the Auditorium of the CASC Italina Bank Italy, and also in the Nazareth Institute, Rome.

January 2015 EPTA Italy organised a concert in the Naxos Festival in Southern Italy.

October 2015 XXVth Chopin Roma International Competition. Further information: www.chopinroma.it.

Marcella Crudeli continues her popular monthly Salon concerts in her home.

 

EPTA LITHUANIA

5th–6th March 2015 EPTA Lithuania held its 34th Annual Conference in Klaipeda with a Masterclasses held by Toms Ostrovskis of Latvia and a concert given by Pupils of Lithuanian Music Schools.

7th–8th March 2015 EPTA Lithuania organised the 33rd Annual Conference in Kaunas with a Masterclass given by Jurgis Karnavičius. The Final Concert was given by teachers from all the Lithuanian Music schools.

 

EPTA MACEDONIA

November 2015 EPTA Macedonia will hold its Annual Piano Festival for young pianists from primary music schools in the Skopje State music school. Piano teachers give lectures on the same days.

 

EPTA MALTA

2018 EPTA Malta will host the European Conference, the year that Valetta celebrates its year as City of Culture.

1st–10th February 2015 EPTA Malta was associated with the Valetta International Piano Festival in Valetta City.

 

EPTA THE NETHERLANDS

EPTA Netherlands have recently joined forces with the YPF (Young Pianist Foundation) Piano Festival which takes place at the same time in the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ. Delegates of the EPTA conference attended two of the YPF lectures by Neal Peres da Costa and by Paul Badura-Skoda.

EPTA Netherlands have special Committees for their National conference, International conferences, Research methods for beginners, PR, Workshops, post-graduate studies, and Exams for students (LGS).

Coosje de Wit retired from the EPTA Netherlands Board after 28 years of dedicated work since the very start of EPTA. EPTA would like to thank Coosje personally for all her devoted years to help maintain the popularity and success of EPTA Netherlands.

March 7th 2015 EPTA Netherlands held a day for teachers on a new way of assessing exams and degrees.

EPTA NETHERLAND’S DOCUMENTATION & STUDY CENTRE (EDSC) AMSTERDAM
A large collection of books, music, LP’s, CD’s, tapes and many other valuable materials are housed in the Public Library of Amsterdam (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, OBA) near the Central Station of Amsterdam. EPTA members and other music scholars can make use of the Centre, as it was intended, for research and reference. The Centre collaborates with EPTA UK’s Information Centre at the Royal College of Music.

All EPTA Netherlands Members receive the Piano Journal as well as the Piano Bulletin (Editor Chisto Lelie, Broerhuisstr 44, 2611 GD Delft, Tel/Fax: +31 15 212 6695).

30th May, 6th June and 20th June 2015 Days on Sibelius 7 by popular demand in the Utrecht Conservatoire.

10th May, 7th May and 21st May 2015 Tilmar Junius will run days on “Pop in the Piano Lesson” in the Utrecht Conservatoire.

20th September 2015 “How to Manage the Digital part of our job” in the Library of Amsterdam, OBA.

22nd – 25th October 2015 EPTA NETHERLANDS will host the 37th European Conference of EPTA Associations in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

Key Connections is the theme. Some keynote lecturers already include: Ralph van Raat (masterpianist in contemporary music), rising star Kaja Draksler (improviser and composer) and Frank Bakker (human movement and sport scientist).

EPTA Netherlands looks forward to hosting a large number of colleagues from many countries. Lectures, recitals, workshops and discussions will inspire and inform everyone.

  • 22nd October – Thursdaynight. There will be a concert with contributions from different EPTA Associations.
  • 23rd October – a cultural surprise
  • 24th October – AGM will take place

For further details please check regularly on www.eptanederland.nl/agenda/conference-2015 or contact Hetty Floors, conference2015@eptanederland.nl.

 

EPTA NORWAY

Einar Sten-Nøkleberg has decided to retire as President of EPTA Norway after 28 years. EPTA would like to extend gratitude for all that he has done to raise the profile of piano teachers in Norway. We welcome Elin Persson as the new President and wish her every success.

June 26th–29th 2014 EPTA Norway hosted the 36th European Conference of EPTA Associations at the Oslo Music Academy. EPTA-Norway would like to thank all colleagues and friends, who took part in and made it a fantastic event! EPTA is extremely grateful to Einar Sten-Nøkleberg and Elin Persson for all the hard work they put into making the conference the enormous success that it was.

6th–8th February 2015 EPTA Norway returned to its annual EPTA conference in Kristiansund, connected with the famous Opera festival. Focus was on Group Tuition (Beginners and early Intermediates) with Presentations, Lecture-Recitals, Concerts and Exhibitions.

 

EPTA PORTUGAL

18th–25th July 2015 EPTA Portugal is running a Piano Festival and masterclasses in City of Ponte de Lima. There will be evening concerts throughout the week given by the Faculty,Luis Pipa and Paulo Oliveira, as well as new generation pianists and participants of the Masterclasses.
The Concerts will take place in different venues in the city. The masterclasses will be held in a magnificent 17th Century estate with 15 acres of mature gardens and grounds, tennis court and swimming pool, where participants can stay with full board and accommodation.

 

EPTA RUSSIA

Sadly, EPTA Russia’s greatly supportive Honorary President, Victor Merjanov died recently.

EPTA Russia has published the 66th issue of its journal FORTEPIANO.

Two double CD’s by EPTA Russia’s former honorary President Eugene Malinin have been produced.

November 2014 The N. Alexeev Open Festival competition for young musicians took place in Moscow.

October 2015 EPTA Russia is preparing a new Festival “OPUS 15” in Denmark devoted to Nielsen.

 

EPTA SERBIA–VOJVODINA

Winners of the 2014 7th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition: B category Ziming Ren (China), C category Evgeny Starodubtsev (Russia).

January 2015 EPTA Serbia–Voyvodina ran the Musica Ricertata International Winter School in the Isidor Bajić Music School, Novi Sad, Serbia.

August 2015 Panopticum Musicum International Summer School at the Isidor Bajić Music School.

11th–21st March 2016 EPTA Serbia-Vojvodina will hold the 8th International Isidor Bajić Piano Memorial Competition.
Website: www.pianomemorial.rs
Email: office@pianomemorial.rs

 

EPTA SLOVENIA

EPTA Slovenia welcomes Primož Mavrič as its new President and wishes him every success in this work. Everyone would like to thank Ana Avberšek, former president of EPTA Slovenia, for the excellent work she has done during her Presidency. Under her Presidency, the Society has gained reputation across the country and the number of members has increased. She worked with enthusiasm and professionalism. She will continue working for EPTA Slovenia as main editor of the journal “VirKLA”.

PIANISSIMO The concerts for the season 2015/16 will be given by Brina Kozlevčar, Urban Stanič and the Scaramouche Duo in various Slovenian cities. Co-ordinator: Dejan Jakšič and Miha Haas.

27th– 28th November 2015 EPTA Slovenia will celebrate the 15th Anniversary of its Annual Conference “Slovenian Piano Days “at the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet. Special events will be held for this purpose.

EPTA Slovenia is planning to publish the third edition of its own journal VirKLA.

 

EPTA SPAIN

Alberto Urroz was appointed Piano Professor at Alfonso X University last December. EPTA wishes him every success.

21st February 2015 Ana Gujarro gave masterclasses to the winners of the 1st EPTA Piano Festival.

21st March 2015 Guillermo Dalia presented Musicorexia – his useful book about professionals addicted to practising and how to improve enjoyment in practising and in life.

18th April 2015 Aida Gavrilova will give a workshop for piano teachers on different methods of teaching beginners.

May 2015 EPTA Spain will run a workshop on The Art of Fugue with Michal Tsalka.

June 2015 Applications are now open for participation in the 2nd EPTA Spain Piano Festival for students under 14.

 

EPTA SWEDEN

March 2015 EPTA Sweden brought out their 5th Anniversary issue of “Svenska Pianobulletinen” (The National Swedish EPTA Magazine).

15th March 2015 EPTA Sweden organised its annual winter student concert in the church of Högalid.

25th–27th September 2015 EPTA Sweden’s next conference will be held in Västerås.

 

EPTA SWITZERLAND

EPTA Switzerland continues to organise two events each year.

9th May 2015 Heribert Koch will talk on “Interpretation – von Anfang an” (“Interpretation – from the very beginning”) in Lucerne.

7th November 2015 topic tba.

The Conference will be held in the Bern Campus Muristalden.

 

EPTA TURKEY

EPTA Turkey is in the process of finally being born and we await further information with great anticipation.

Hande Dalkilic performed in Oslo and is planning to set Turkey on the EPTA map.

 

EPTA UK

EPTA UK is delighted to welcome Huw Morgan as its new Administrator and wish him many happy years with EPTA UK. Kathryn Page has stepped down as the Administrator after six extremely successful years. EPTA is most grateful to her for all her tireless hard work. Melanie Spanswick has joined the EPTA UK team as Marketing and Promotions Administrator and is warmly welcomed.

30th July–1st August 2015 EPTA UK will hold its Annual Conference at Warwick University, Coventry. Speakers include Robin Bigwood, Alex Bowen, Nils Franke, Patrick Gundry-White, Julian Hellaby, John Lenehan, Nancy Litten, Mark Tanner, Murray McLachlan, with a World premiere of a Choral Work by Suzanna Heheghan Greally (Winner of the Composers’ Competition). Barn Dancing, Improvising and Masterclasses. Gala Recital will be given by Dr Leslie Howard on Thursday 30th July.

The Practical Piano Teaching course, run by Lucinda Mackworth –Young is in its fifth successful year.
January 2015 Preliminary Rounds for the 19th EPTA UK Piano Competition were held in over fourteen EPTA Regions.
2nd February 2015 Regional Finals in Manchester.
21st February 2015 Regional Finals were held in London and Cardiff.
4th March 2015 Finals were held in the Conway Hall, London.
21st September 2015 The Advanced Winners of the 19th EPTA UK Piano Competition will perform in St Martin in the Fields.

Successful Yamaha morning events continue: 
9th March 2015, 8th June 2015 and 24th September 2015.

Steinway days will take place:
9th May 2015 A junior piano day with a Masterclass and concert.
7th November 2015 A piano day for EPTA teachers and adult students.

Further information from admin@epta-uk.org

EPTA’s Archives are now rehoused in the Library of the Royal College of Music, London. These contain a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members of all EPTA Associations are welcome to consult.

Members are invited to peruse the valuable archives of the EPTA Netherland ‘Documentation and Study Centre’ (EDSC, Curators Frans Schreuder and Albert Brussee).

 

EPTA INDIA ASSOCIATES

December 2014 The Forum for Teachers of Western Classical Music Bangalore organised two workshops by Karl Lutchmayer sponsored by Trinity (Laban) London. The first day was on Music and the Art of Communication which was well attended by teachers and senior students. There were a few performances by students and Karl gave advice on how to improve and he also talked generally on performing and projecting the music to listeners. The second day was on Style in Performance and Teaching Tips, attended mainly by teachers. This was extremely useful to all the teachers present.

February 2015 The Forum organised a workshop on Schumann by Justin McCarthy from Delhi. Justin is a pianist and a Bharatnatyam dancer and choreographer so has a dual career. He specializes in music of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Chennai Western Music Association held five concerts between October 2014 and March 2015:
October 2014 Classical guitar recital by Iceland guitarist Oegmunder Thor Johannsen,
21st December 2014 Classical guitar recital by Dutch guitarist Martin van Hees,
29th December 2014 Classical piano recital by Canadian pianist Colleen Athparia.

January 2015 A six-centre tour given by American pianist, Eugene Alcalay, with extremely successful and popular concerts and masterclasses at Delhi, Pune, Goa (Panjim and Calangute), Bangalore and Chennai. This ended up being a unique experience for Eugene whose quote “I had a truly memorable experience in this exotic, mysterious and alluring far-away country. I was also impressed to see initiatives such as Child’s Play India Foundation, which seeks to introduce music to underprivileged children. I fell in love with India’s culture, people, architecture, cuisine and history, and hope to return in the not too distant future.”
This wonderful experience was made possible by the generosity of several sponsors including Prabhudas Ivanson, EPTA India Associates in collaboration with the Delhi Music Society, the Poona Music Society, Pune; Pro Musica, Goa, Panjim; Art Chamber at Calangute, Goa; the Bangalore School of Music, Bangalore; and the Chennai Western Music Association, a subsidiary branch of the EPTA India Associates.

March 2015 Classical guitar concert by the Madras Guitar Ensemble.

 

EPTA ISRAEL ASSOCIATES

After four years of extremely intensive and devoted work Prof. Eitan Globerson (Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem) – co- founder of EPTA Israel Associates – has decided to step down as chairman. EPTA Israel Associates is deeply grateful and highly evaluates his tireless effort and contribution to the growth and expansion of the organization. We wish him every success in his manifold career and hope for continuous mutual co-operation.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Michal Tal (Buchman – Mehta School of Music, T-A Univ., Jerusalem Music Centre) as our new chairman, wishing her much success in her new position and many fruitful years with EPTA Israel.

EPTA ISRAEL Associates is happy to announce a new working “Teachers’ Forum“ initiated by the Piano Duo Tami Kanazawa and Yuval Admoni – which meets regularly at their home in “Neve Shalom” – ”Peace Oasis”, a village of co- existence between Jews and Arabs.

23rd October 2014 EPTA Israel Associates held an extremely successful one-day Conference at the Jerusalem Academy of Music in lieu of the July event which was cancelled for security reasons.

6th March 2015 EPTA Israel Associates Northern region held a special meeting in the Akko Conservatoire with two lectures by Dr. Ron Regev and Dr. Dror Zemel).

13th March 2015 EPTA Israel Associates Southern region organised its first meeting with a Masterclass with Prof. Krasovsky in Beersheba.The region is run by Timor Shapira, head of piano dept. Beer-Sheva Conservatory.

20th March 2015 EPTA Israel held its National Winter Conference in Tel Aviv at The Buchmann – Mehta School of Music with lectures by: Daria Monastirsky: “When and How to start Piano Lessons“, Prof. Engel: “Pathologies of the upper Extremities and their Effect on Pianists – Nerve, tendons, overuse and joint injuries” and Dr. Ron Weidbreg: “A threefold Chord is not easily broken – Reflections on Bartok’s Mikrokosmus” with an Exhibition of Pedagogical Piano Works.

TelAviv Regional Branch is organised by Ifat Zaidel (Israel Conservatory of Music,T-A) and has planned three meetings: 1. Teachers’ Discussion Forum, 2. Masterclass and lecture “Etudes are not only Gymnastic” by Dr. M.Tal, 3. “The Diversity of Allemandes in Bach’s Partitas“ by D.Zemmel.

Jerusalem Regional Branch is organised by Asya Yampolski (JAMD) and has planned three meetings: 1. “Piano Works for the Young“ by I. Svetlov, 2. “The first Steps of Young Beginners“ with music by A.Yampolski, 3. “Baroque Music Performed on the Harpsichord” presented by N. Ladar.

 

ALAPP ARGENTINA (Association of Latin American Pianists and Pedagogues)

2015 ALAPP Argentina Associates are organising masterclasses by Carmen Piazzini (Germany – Argentina), Estela Telerman and Valentin Surif on Romanticism and Argentinian Composers.

There will also be a Piano Competition for young pianists, who will offer concerts at the Museum Isaac Fernandez Blanco, Auditorium of the National Library, Auditorium of the Centre of Economic Science, and Concert Hall of Bnai Brith among others.

The exchange programme with Alapp Chile continues.

 

ALAPP CHILE

ALAPP Chile organises courses towards the career development of Private Piano Teachers as well as concerts by themselves and their students, and an Annual Piano Competition in the Universidad Central which last year celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Recently they have begun organising Workshops on contemporary Chilean piano music so as to promote and widen the teaching and performing repertoire. ALAPP Chile has frequently collaborated with ALAPP Argentina. This year our Founder, Professor Malcolm Troup returned in March to perform the Chilean premiere of Ernest Bloch’s Concerto Grosso no1 with the Orquesta de Camera de Chile in his capacity as Chairman of the International Bloch Society.

 

ALAPP Mexico

There are plans to start a new ALAPP in the near future.

 

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Founded by Carola Grindea in 1978 in London it has today grown along with the expansion of the European borders. Every association organizes its own congresses, workshops, seminars, recitals, masterclasses and is committed to present Young Artists Platforms, Competitions and European Young Artists Festivals. An Annual Conference of all EPTA Associations is held every year in a different country under the presidency of the host Association.

 

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Carola Grindea (1914–2009)

 

 

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