Above: Guildhall violin professor András Keller gives a chamber music masterclass, 2016
Open to all standard chamber group combinations
Chamber Music is a postgraduate specialism for students who wish to hone their listening and interpretative skills in small chamber group combinations. Groups can consist of any combination of three players or more, with weekly coaching from Principal Study staff and first preference for coaching with visiting ensembles and artists.
Chamber Music also forms a core strand of other Principal Study instrumental courses, offering almost unparalleled coaching and a wide range of performance opportunities.
Regular coaching is provided by international teaching staff and visiting chamber musicians. Though each school of study may have slightly different requirements, the core ethos is on fostering individual engagement and responsibility within a small chamber group, challenging and developing interpersonal skills and musical dialogue.
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The main focus of the Chamber Music specialism is the development of core chamber music skills. The pathway is designed for individuals and existing groups with considerable chamber music experience, with the aim of developing students’ skills to a professional level.
In other postgraduate specialisms, chamber music is still considered a core – but non-compulsory – skill and regular engagement is strongly encouraged. There are advanced ensemble electives you can take which provide substantial training in chamber music skills. Cross-departmental chamber work is considered as important as more traditional and school-specific combinations.
Activities and Ensembles
- Regular coaching and lessons from core chamber music staff
- Regular coaching opportunities from visiting artists and groups
- Masterclasses with international visiting artists and chairs of chamber music
- Active chamber music exchange programmes with Mozarteum, Salzburg and New England Conservatory, Boston
- Chamber music residency opportunities at Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada
- Chamber music prizes offering external performance opportunities
Recent Department highlights
- Masterclasses with Takács, Endellion and Belcea Quartets
- Masterclasses by András Keller, Ralf Golthoni, Vivien Weilerstien, Thomas Reibl, Erich Hobarth, Robert Kulek
- Performance projects/workshops with Nicholas Daniel and Andrew Marriner
- Public recitals involving staff/student collaborations and a summer lunchtime series of chamber and solo recitals
- Pre-London Symphony Orchestra recitals at the Barbican
- BBC Total Immersion projects in Milton Court Concert Hall and at the Barbican
- Exchange performances at Mozarteum, Salzburg, and the Austrian Cultural Forum, London
- Ground-breaking project with the ensemble Decoda, training groups in delivery of workshop skills
- Ensemble concerts at Harmos Festival, Portugal
- Three annual internal chamber music competitions
- Bartok Contrasts in Carnegie Hall
Recent visiting ensembles and artists
- Endellion Quartet - Visiting Quartet in Association
- Takács Quartet - International Visiting Artists
- András Keller
- Ralf Gothoni
- Belcea Quartet
- Heath Quartet
Recent student and alumni successes
Ensembles from the Department have been recognised in the following competitions:
- Selected as YCAT Artists
- Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition
- Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition
- Cavatina Intercollegiate Competition
- Hattori Foundation
- Martin Musical Scholarship Award
- June Emerson Launchpad Prize for Wind and Brass
- Park Lane Group
- Tunnell Trust
- Chamber Studio mentorship