Head of the Department, Professor Mati Mikalai
(piano, organ, harpsichord, accordion)
The Piano Department at EAMT honours tradition, but is also open to new ideas. The influences of the piano schools of Eastern Europe are strongly linked to the best attributes of the piano culture of Western Europe. The core of the department is undoubtedly composed of experienced faculty members, who help students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for interpreters and educators in the 21st century. In addition to specialist classes, the piano and accordion curricula also include courses in accompaniment, chamber ensemble and contemporary improvisation. Harpsichord and organ lessons include studies in the area of basso continuo. To ensure the preparation of versatile and competitive professionals, the curriculum also includes teacher training and other supportive courses. In addition, distinguished artists and internationally renowned teachers from all over the world regularly deliver master classes. All of the above enriches the learning process and broadens the student’s worldview.
The department also organises a variety of creative events – concerts and competitions that support the professional ambition and self-discovery of the students, help develop their personal styles as musical interpreters, and promote the self-sufficiency essential in our rapidly changing world.