Vocal Chamber Music and Accompaniment

Head of the Centre, Professor Helin Kapten

The Vocal Chamber Music and Accompaniment Centre focuses on training Lied pianists, piano accompanists and repetiteurs. It also coordinates cooperation between students from various departments of the academy. Piano students at master’s level are welcome to participate in the specialist accompaniment class.

Renewed forms and methods of academic activity allow students to acquire practical skills and teamwork experience, collaborating with vocal and instrumental soloists, conductors and the opera studio.
The development of the activities of Lied duos plays an important role in the work of the centre. The output of the cooperation between pianists and singers includes annual Lied duo competitions and public concerts.
In cooperation with the Academy’s Concert and Performance Centre, the Vocal Chamber Music and Accompaniment Centre has launched a new concert series Poetry in Music (Poeesia muusikas), which brings together students from the departments of piano, singing and dramatic art. Students also actively perform in the Student Tuesday (Tudengiteisipäev) concert series. Daily academic activity is given further variety by masterclasses, specialist internships, workshops, colloquia, academic concerts organised by the Centre and much more.

A new class of Opera Training, in cooperation with the Estonian National Opera House, was launched in autumn 2016 under the instruction of the repetiteur of the theatre, Jaanika Rand-Sirp.

The centre promotes relations with the respective departments in other European universities, as well as with the graduates of EAMT’s Accompaniment major working both in Estonia and abroad.

In supervising students and setting requirements for them, the centre takes into account their individuality, interests and initiative in choosing their own direction for development.