From 28 to 30 April H. Eller Tartu Music College will be hosting the International Student Chamber Music Festival that features the young, talented and vibrant chamber music ensembles from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Warsaw F. Chopin Music University and N. Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory. In frames of the Festival chamber music master classes, given by the guest professors from the above mentioned universities, will also take place. Yet the most important part of the Festival are the concerts, all together three:
In the opening concert on 28 April at 7 p.m. the ensembles of the EAMT and Warsaw F. Chopin Music University will appear followed by the String Quartet of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre on 29 April at 4 p.m. The final concert of the Festival on 30 April at 4 p.m. will include different groups from J. Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and N. Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory. All three concerts will take place in the Tubin Hall of H. Eller Tartu Music College, the entrance is free.
The International Student Chamber Music Festival looks back on a very long, solid tradition dating back to 1966 as inter-republican piano trio competition designed to take place in Estonia on the initiative of the Students' Science Association. The competition with the invited guest students from Latvian, Belorussian and Moldavian music academies took place in Tõravere Observatory, located about 21 km from Tartu. In order to avoid the performance related anxieties, the competition has since developed into the chamber music festival of Baltic Academies of Music, thanks largely to the hard work and initiative of Prof. Villem Reimann. The festival was held in Tallinn for the first time in 1975 and besides Baltic academies of music, students from the Gnessins' Moscow Musical Pedagogical Institute also participated. Over the two decades the festival took place nearly every year by turns in Tallinn, Riga or Vilnius. Soon after the political events in the early 90's the festival expanded beyond the geographical borders of the three Baltic countries and took place in some of the following years in Helsinki (1993), Berlin (1995), Stockholm (1998) and Stuttgart (2009). Starting with 1995 master classes enriched the programme. Although the number of invited guests has grown up – through the years the students and teachers from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Russia have participated – the students from Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian music academies have always taken part in all the festivals.