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Chamber music is important to us

The Bachelor’s Programme in Performance centered on chamber music at the Academy of Music and Drama

Historically speaking, chamber music has always had a strong foothold in the performance program in Gothenburg. As early as 1976, a pilot project was launched featuring a chamber music curriculum that integrated traditional coaching with music theory and performance training that included community outreach. Over the years, the chamber music activities of the Bachelor program have expanded to also include a well-reputed Contemporary Music Ensemble and other medium sized groups. Instructors comprise members of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, other prominent faculty, and guests in residence such as Mats Jansson, Christian Zacharias and Simon Crawford-Phillips (Kungsbacka Piano Trio).

Bachelor students are guaranteed high quality orchestral experience”In anticipation of the Bologna adaptation to European conformity, a Master program in orchestra performance was initiated in 2003. This opened up the opportunity to center the Bachelor program even more clearly around chamber music. Having some chances to collaborate with the orchestra Master students in addition to one orchestral production of their own every year, Bachelor students are guaranteed high quality orchestral experience. They are otherwise able to concentrate on the chamber and middle-sized ensembles within their own curriculum.
The chamber music course, together with instrumental lessons, forms the axis around which the Bachelor program revolves.

Public chamber music concerts with Bachelor students are frequent”The course not only includes traditional ensemble coaching, jury exams and performance, but also comprises a series of lectures in chamber music history and theory, and seminars each semester on the repertoire being performed. In addition, chamber music theme weeks for all string and piano students concentrating on a specific epoch or composer are run by prominent guests every year. Public chamber music concerts with Bachelor students are frequent, and Master or Bachelor exchanges with the Guildhall School in London and the Portuguese Harmos chamber music festival have taken place annually.

Chamber music track
As of 2009, students can choose to conclude their three-year program with a three-semester chamber music track that supplements the required chamber music course. In addition to in-depth chamber music instruction, the track focuses on communication and social skills, score interpretation, and the life and realities of the freelance musician. The track students also have several master classes and seminars of their own with staff and visiting professors.

Co-operation with composition students
Contemporary music, including close cooperation with the Department of Composition, represents a main thread running through the Bachelor program. The study of contemporary and newly written works permeates the program and enhances the musical development and interpretive skills of the students. The Contemporary Music Ensemble performs every year. Smaller chamber ensembles also participate in the annual modern music festival. At the very outset of their program, first-year students prepare a public contemporary music concert. This marks the start of a deepening three-year exposure to new music, an integral part of their classical training.

The Bachelor curriculum is subsequently dotted with recurring chamber music projects of all kinds, from sonata duos to ensembles with ten or more members. Some students work in collaboration with the orchestra Master program that also includes chamber music. Chamber music playing consolidates skills, knowledge and communication abilities, thereby offering a unique opportunity for instrumental and musical advancement. It requires extensive preparation and high-quality individual performance, always within a musical and social context.

Chamber music playing consolidates skills, knowledge and communication abilities”The individual musician is at once soloist and ensemble player. The musical dialogue, based on knowledge of the score, is paramount. Students and teachers alike share the joy and significance of chamber music playing.
A three-year Bachelor program centered on chamber music opens up a wide variety of opportunities. Though it provides the best possible foundation for the budding musician who seeks an orchestral position, the program is not solely intended as a preparation for a symphonic career. A profession or further studies in music after completion of the Bachelor degree may lead in a variety of directions, all requiring technical, artistic and social skills that can readily be honed within a chamber music context.

Robert Schenck
Senior Lecturer
Flute, chamber music, instrumental methods

Head of Chamber Music

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 9/5/2012

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