‘Connecting Traditions’ LoLa concert between Azerbaijan and Estonia: world premiere

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‘Connecting Traditions’ LoLa concert between Azerbaijan and Estonia: world premiere

Photo: Hajibeyov Baku Academy of Music

Implementing the unique LoLa (low latency) streaming technology, the concert “Connecting Traditions” will take place on 20 December 2019 simultaneously in two locations: at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT) and at the Hajibeyov Baku Academy of Music.

LoLa (low latency) technology tool enables real time musical performances where musicians are physically located in remote sites (up to 5000 km) connected by advanced network services with no significant distortion or delay. Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is the first in Estonia to use this tool and has gained rich LoLa experience since the first introduction of LoLa in Tallinn in a concert “Music without Borders” on 5 October 2017 in the framework of the 2nd Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy.

Thanks to the EaPConnect project, LoLa is now available in Eastern Partnership countries. This project sets out to create a regional research and education network in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus with the objective to decrease the digital divide, improve intra-regional connectivity and facilitate participation of local scientists, students and academics in global research and education collaborations.

Organized in connection with the EaPConnect Enlighten Your Research 2018 winning project “MIRCO: Music Instruments Renewal via Contemporary Creation” (project leader Paolo Girol, EAMT), the concert “Connecting Traditions” features top musicians from Estonia and Azerbaijan performing in real time to showcase how seamless connection the R&E networks and LoLa provide.

A world premiere of new composition for traditional instruments Kannel (EST) and Tar (AZ) by Azerbaijani composer Ilaha Israfilova forms the heart of this concert. Speeches by high-level guests and performances by artists in Baku and Tallinn, Estonia, connected via R&E networks with LoLa technology will complete the event.

‘Connecting Traditions’ LoLa concert between Azerbaijan and Estonia
20 December 18:00 (EST 16:00)
Baku, Azerbaijan

 

World Youth Choir audition

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World Youth Choir audition

World Youth Choir is looking for young, talented, experienced singers between 17 and 26 years old, as on July 1st, 2020 (obligatory).

The audition will take place on Friday, 6 December 2019 at 11.00 in the Chamber hall of the EAMT (C-405).

During your audition you will be recorded and asked to perform (in the following order):
1) A range test - one scale sung forte a cappella on an open vowel presenting the entire voice-range;
2) Sight-reading - an unknown exercise that is not prepared in advance. You can use up to 10 minutes to look the exercise through (not using a piano, except for the introduction pitch/cadenza), analyze all tonal and theory components. Then record at first attempt in front of the jury;
3) Prepared score - obligatory choral excerpt from Beethoven's 9th Symphony.
4) Prepared aria of choice. Please bring your own piano accompanist!

Summer session
The summer session 2020 will be held from July 30th to August 20th. The rehearsal session in Bonn, Germany will be followed by a tour with concerts in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Austria. The choir will be under the artistic direction of conductors Tan Dun (USA) and Jörn Hinnerk Andresen (DEU) and will perform a programme with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and a commission work by Tan Dun called "Nine". More detailed info is available at the WYC homepage.

NB! All the expenses during the summer session are covered by the WYC. Nevertheless, the selected singers are expected to pay the participation fee 100€, traveling costs to Germany and back,  the insurance costs + some pocket money for private expenses.

You can sign up for the audition until 29 November 2019 latest by sending an e-mail either to:
Kai Kiiv, International Relations Specialist of the EAMT, kai@ema.edu.ee

 

Study visit from Wroclaw Academy of Music

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Study visit from Wroclaw Academy of Music

The first study visit of the NAWA project takes place this week, 20 - 26 October 2019 with 6 students of the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw visiting the Estonian Academy of Music and participating in individual and group lessons as well as lectures about Estonian music.

The group includes students of music interpretation and composition: Aleksandra Dudycz (choral conducting), Christian Bild (singing), Michał Michalski (piano), Mateusz Winsław (composition), Dominik Kozłowski (orchestra conducting), Bogumiła Jedrysiak (oboe).

The study visit is financed by NAWA (Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange) in frames of the International Academic Partnerships Programme.

Project partners:
The Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, Poland (coordinator)
Tbilisi State Conservatoire, Georgia
Mykola Lysenko Lviv National Music Academy, Ukraine
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre opened a new concert and performance centre  

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The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre opened a new concert and performance centre  

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, opened the newest concert and performance centre in Estonia today; it features a concert hall accommodating 482 people, a black box theatre with 130 seats for actors and jazz musicians, and 21 new classrooms. The state-of-the-art building which cost approximately 12 million euros took one and a half years to construct. 

Tonight, President Kersti Kaljulaid and Professor Ivari Ilja, rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (EAMT), cut the ribbon on the stage of the newly erected concert hall and declared the new building open. The solemn ceremony was followed by the opening concert, featuring, among other pieces, the performance of Tõnu Kõrvits’s latest work “Ta kõneleb vaikselt” for the first time ever, followed by the programme “Kummardus alustajatele” prepared by the Department of Drama especially for the opening event. 

At the opening of the new building today, President Kersti Kaljulaid said that the self-identification of Estonian people has always incorporated a desire to build bridges between freedom and creative self-expression. “Today, too, music and theatre mean much more for our nation than merely fine arts. This is illustrated by the abundance of concerts, festivals and premiering plays as well as the astonishing demand for theatre and concert tickets. This is a natural part of our mentality and nervous system, which is largely based on the foundation this academy has traditionally been building and will keep building,” President Kaljulaid said, adding that all of the above also arouses high expectations for the academy here in Estonia and internationally. “In order for us to remain free and open to the world so that it can still be our invaluable art that the world knows Estonia by.”

Professor Ivari Ilja, rector of the EAMT, says the new concert and performance centre is the best possible birthday present the academy could have received for its 100th anniversary. “Now our students will be able to have a taste of their future lives as creators and practice on big stages here already during their studies,” Professor Ilja noted. “The concert and performance centre will undoubtedly raise the standard of music and theatre education in Estonia and boost the competitive ability of our graduates internationally. Wider music and theatre audience will also certainly find a number of reasons to come to the new building as the schedule of public concerts and performances to be held in the newly completed halls is already rather tight. In addition to the academy’s students, these stages will see famous musicians, directors and actors from Estonia and beyond.”

At the heart of the 6,000 square metre concert and performance facility, there is a concert hall through four floors with 482 seats, which will be ideal for classical performances as well as other styles of music. The audience can enter the concert hall with two galleries through the main building of the academy and also from Sakala and Tatari streets, so it can be flexibly used for studies and as a public event venue. There is no other concert hall in Tallinn at the moment that would accommodate almost half a thousand people, so the new building is filling this niche.

The black box with 130 seats was constructed through three floors and will be used by drama students and jazz musicians. The five-storey building with a basement floor also houses 21 classrooms, including a multimedia centre and a jazz classroom. There is access to the main building of the academy from all the floors of the concert and performance centre. 

The EAMT’s concert and performance centre was designed by AS Resand. The architects were Toivo Tammik and Mart Rõuk from the architectural firm Ansambel and Kalvi Voolaid. The author of the interior architectural solution of the halls is Aivar Oja from FraDisain OÜ, and the acoustic design was created by Linda Madalik in collaboration with the Danish acoustics agency Gade&Mortensen Akustik. The general contractor for the construction was Nordlin Ehitus AS, and the site supervision on the part of the owner was performed by Tallinna Linnaehituse AS. 

The construction of the new concert and performance centre was financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The concert and performance centre of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in fact and figures 

General:

– net floor area of approximately 6,000 m2

– five floors plus the basement floor

– 21 classrooms

– large concert hall

black box

– offices and utility rooms

– multimedia centre

Main concert hall:

– number of seats 482

– stage area 180 m2

– orchestra pit 48 m2

– stalls 270 m2

– reverberation (T60) 1–2.2 seconds

– reverberation with the curtains 1.5 seconds

Black box:

– number of seats up to 130

– area 180 m2

  • The principal design element in the light-coloured interior solution of the hall is the wave motif. Wavy wall panels run horizontally, and this is how sound moves. Interior architect Aivar Oja says that the wave image can be interpreted as a sound wave, sea wave or sand dune. 
  • What was avoided in the design of the hall is the use of numerous spotlights; instead, lighting is provided with colour-changing LED lights installed in the walls. 
  • The author of the acoustic design of the building is the country’s most prominent acoustics specialist Linda Madalik, whose primary task was to ensure that the concert hall provides excellent sound. She supervised the creation of a unique acoustic cloud over the stage for performers to able to hear one another better on stage. The designers of the concert hall spared no effort to make sure that the wavy panels on the walls fully met strict acoustic requirements. After lengthy analyses and testing, the panels were manufactured from Komi birch, which grows in tundra and is known for high wood density, by Supra Mööbel OÜ from Sõmeru. 
  • A special decorative feature of the EAMT’s new building is the stained-glass panel “The First Language”, which spans through several floors. It was created by glass artist Maret Sarapu, who says music can be acquired like one’s mother tongue, picked up in the process of communication from speakers of varying skills with varying vocabulary. 
  • In addition, there is an area for art displays in the lobby of the new concert and performance centre. The first exposition to be exhibited there is Enno Hallek’s “Da capo al fine”, curated by Harry Liivrand. 
  • Many of the concerts and plays in the new concert and performance centre will be free for audience. Information about upcoming events is available at www.emtasaalid.ee

 

Scholarship auditions for foreign students for the academic year 2019-2020

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Scholarship auditions for foreign students for the academic year 2019-2020

  • 26 September @16.00 in the Chamber hall (C-405) of EAMT: MA students of Contemporary Improvisation

  • 26 September @17.00 at Tallinn Ballet School (Toom-Kooli str 11): MA students of Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM)

  • 14 October @10.00 in the Chamber hall (C-405) of EAMT: all the other majors

Available are following scholarships:

1) EAMT scholarships for non-EU students at BA and MA levels covering either 50% or 25% of the tuition fee

2) DoRa Plus programme scholarships for all foreign students at MA level awarded for one academic year (350€ per month paid from September to June)

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS for the EAMT scholarships:

  • BA and MA students, who are non-EU citizens (NB! Not applicable for the MA students of Cultural Management and Contemporary Physical Performance Making)

- students who were admitted for the academic year 2019-2020: entrance examination result at least 9 at BA level or at least 4 at MA level

- students who were admitted earlier: last examination result in main study at least "very good"

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS for DoRa Plus scholarships:

  • MA 1st year students:
    - who is a full-time student;
    - who does not have Estonian citizenship;
    - whose place of residence is not in Estonia;
    - who does not have a permanent right of residence or a long-term residence permit in Estonia;
    - who has not stayed in Estonia for more than one year in the past three years; 
    - had the entrance examination result at least 4, in case of CCPM at least 8.
  • MA 2nd year students:
    - who is a full-time student;
    - who does not have Estonian citizenship;
    - whose place of residence is not in Estonia;
    - who does not have a permanent right of residence or a long-term residence permit in Estonia;
    - who has not stayed in Estonia for more than one year in the past three years; 
    - who has completed the 1st year coursework full (no missing credit points) and in programme subjects   worth at least 54 ECTS credits;
    - who has completed the 1st year coursework with the examination result in main study at least "very good", in case of cultural management with the average grade at least 3,5.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  • Performers: live performance of at least 2 pieces with the max length of 15 min (the judging panel has the right to interrupt the performance at its own discretion);
  • Contemporary Improvisation: 2-3 improvisations with different character out of which 1 is solo and the other(s) ensemble (duo, trio etc) improvisations with the total length of 10 min;
  • Contemporary Physical Performance Making: original solo performance, created and performed by the candidate with the max duration of 5 min;
  •  Other majors: artistic portfolio, including list of artistic activities within last 2 years, scores, recordings etc;
  • Cultural management: written summary and development plan of the master’s thesis of max 2 pages  (font: Times New Roman 12; space: 1.5).

The audition panel evaluates and considers following:

  • persuasiveness and originality of artistic and/or research ideas of a candidate;
  • performance logic and fluency of performance, ability to express the emotional content of works and impressiveness of interpretation (in case of performers);
  • originality, artistic persuasiveness and technical execution in case of creative submissions (composers);
  • specialty-specific level of technical mastery;
  • defined focus and systematic nature of the thesis plan, the reference literature use as well as accuracy of language (in cultural management);
  • general cultural and subject-specific knowledge of a candidate.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Application forms of the MA students of Contemporary Improvisation (CI) and Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) should be sent to the coordinator of the DoRa programme Kai Kiiv (kai@ema.edu.ee) by 19 September 2019;

Application forms of performers should be sent along with the applications to the coordinator of the DoRa programme Kai Kiiv (kai@ema.edu.ee) by 3 October 2019;

Application forms + portfolios of the students of the other majors and thesis plans of Cultural Management MA students should be sent to the coordinator of the DoRa programme Kai Kiiv (kai@ema.edu.ee) by 3 October 2019.

Estonian National Contest for University Students awaits participants

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Estonian National Contest for University Students awaits participants

The Estonian Research Council invites students to submit research papers to the national contest.

Deadline for submitting the applications is 16 September 2019. Submission of research papers should be done through the contest website https://konkursid.etag.ee/.

The aim of the national contest for university students is to promote research among university students, to acknowledge students who have achieved outstanding results with their thesis, study, research or scientific publication.

The contest is open for all students studying in Estonia (including foreign students studying in Estonia) and Estonian citizens studying abroad. Research papers can be submitted on all university levels: applied higher education and bachelor studies; master studies; doctoral studies and in all fields of research.

In addition to national awards, special prizes are issued.
In total 77 277,79 EUR will be awarded.

The national prizes are given as follows:

  • Research papers of applied higher education and undergraduate students (I prize 960 EUR, II prize 650 EUR, III prize 320 EUR);
  • Master level students research papers (I prize 1600 EUR, II prize 1300 EUR, III prize 700 EUR);
  • Doctorate level students research papers (I prize 1600 EUR, II prize 1300 EUR, III prize 700 EUR);
  • two major prizes at the level and level of 3600 EUR;

Special prizes will be awarded 15 297,79 EUR in total.

The Estonian Research Council is organizing the contest for student research in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Research 28th time this year.

Contest homepage.

The conditions of the contest can be found here.

Additional information:
Sirli Taniloo
Contest Coordinator
phone: +372 526 0562
sirli.taniloo@etag.ee

 

Ordering Photos of 2019 EAMT Graduation Ceremony

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Ordering Photos of 2019 EAMT Graduation Ceremony

 

Find photos HERE

To order the images:
1) Find the file name by clicking the "i" at the top of the image (the file name is exactly above it, in the style "20180621-003.JPG")
2) Send the file names Eiko Lainjärv eiko@eikophoto.com, on which the invoice will be sent to the designee.

Prices for photos:

10x15cm photo for 1.20 €

15x23cm photo 2.40 €

A4 4.80 €.

Digital photo: (small, for example digital photo for social media) 2.40 €,

Digital file: (printable*) 9 €

* Not available for the large group photo

EAMT admitted 228 new students

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EAMT admitted 228 new students

The official admission period for Bachelor's, Master's and doctoral studies at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre concluded on July 1st. EAMT received 375 applications out of which 228 student candidates were admitted.

In Bachelor’s studies, 167 applications were submitted, 48 of which for the curricula in English. EAMT admitted 103, 80 for the Estonian and 23 for English curricula.

In Master’s studies, EAMT received 182 applications, 99 of which for the curricula in English. EAMT admitted 117 candidates, 65 for the Estonian and 52 for the English curricula.

In doctoral studies, 26 applications were received, 13 of them by foreign candidates. EAMT accepted 8.

Margus Pärtlas, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Research explained: „The most popular fields of study were classical singing, composition, electronic music, sound engineering, string instruments, dramatic art and pedagogy. The interest of the foreign students towards EAMT continues to be high, especially on the Master’s level. On the other hand, we are proud to note that the number of Estonian admitted candidates on the Bachelor’s level was higher than in 2018.“

Admission to the new international Master's programme called Conteporary Physical Performance Making was successful gaining 36 applicants. The first Master's course of it's kind in the performative arts field, CPPM takes postgraduate education out of the classroom and puts practical experience with world-leading makers of performance at the heart of the learning process. The students work alongside some of the most exciting directors, choreographers, performance artists and performers to further one's own creative practice through active collaboration, devising and performance.

As for the the new foreign students, the geographic variety of the sending countries is wide, ranging from Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Japan to the new world (Australia, USA, Costa Rica, Mexico) and Europe: Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania,  Austria, Croatia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus and Russia.