ESTA Malta 2018 (en)

European String Teachers Association Congress in Malta, Valletta 2018
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My visit to ESTA Malta 2018 was pleasant but a little bit too short.

Catholic Institute
Malta, Valletta
ESTA Malta 2018, Valletta

Registration 10th April 2018 between 3.00 –  4.30 p.m.

ESTA UK colleagues with smiley President John Shayler
ESTA Belgium President Mark Lambrecht
ESTA Slovenia President Kristian Kolman
After first session I met some ESTA Finland colleagues:
Jutta Seppinen, Tarja Jokiaho, Helli Seppä

After short registration Albert Garzia / Antoine Frendo  gave us a quick sight “A look at what was possibly Charles Camillieri`s last work”.
Garzia himself is Maltese composer (b. 1977) and had started his musical training as an accordionist. He has also completed his undergraduate studies in Music Composition at University of Malta and his Masters degree at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Frendo (M. Phil Music) studied violin under Carlo Fiamingo and he was the former leader of the Royal Malta Opera House. He retired from University of Malta in 1997 and from Malta School of Music in 2006. In the year 2000 he started the Malta branch of the ESTA.

Albert Garzia
Antoine Frendo in ESTA Kazan 2017

The start of the school of music in Valletta (ESTA Malta) – how it all began
Svetlana Danneberg came to Malta in the late summer 1974 with a team of three experts sent by “Institut für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” which was a set up a Music School, the first of its kind in Malta. Project was sponsored by the Austrian Government. Danneberg studied violin with Robert Peinemann and did her final degree in music education at the Hochschule für Music in Berlin.
The school was named by Johann Strauss school of music. Everybody in Malta new him because the New Years Strauss concert was famous concert to be seen from television every year. Maltese were also very keen to opera. Opera house had a long shiny history before WW II, when it was ruined almost totally.

Sventha Danneberg

Four Exercises to relax your bowing by Pedro de Alcantara (ESTA France)
Alcantara, a cellist himself, had relaxed attitude to present to ESTA colleagues and some students how to let go of tensions in the bowing fingers, wrist, arm and shoulder. To me it was a little confusing, because to my opinion a student or colleague needs to be relaxed with the whole body first, stand properly and breath calmly before to start to carry spoons or coat hangers.
Personally I liked a lot of “hello, hello, hello G Major exercise which we all, teachers and students, had a chance to take a part.
Pedro de Alcantara is a musician, writer and teacher based in Paris. His newest book is The Integrated String Player, which offers practical tools for improving co-ordination, technique, daily practice, interpretation and concert preparation with dozens of exercises demonstrated in 80 video clips.

ESTA colleague from Germany gave helping hands.. Pedro de Alcantara, with a Maltese cello student

President meeting in Valletta 11th April 2018, 9.00 – 11.30 a.m.

It is always a pleasure to meet ESTA Presidents live. ESTA board President Bruno Giuranna could not arrive this time to Malta, but he sent greetings while being in Chamber festival in Florida. ESTA board vice President Mark Lambrecht read us Giuranna´s warm hearted greetings.
It was also nice to hear news and greetings from France, Switzerland, Germany, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Slovenia, UK.
My greetings were mainly positive from Finland. We have activated, renewed our website and our SJO/ ESTA logo. New magazine is now on paper and on our website. Some ESTA colleagues would like to read our magazine in english, I heard.
We had such a lovely weekend recently  in Sibelius Academy from 7th April- to 8th April, 2018.
We have managed to have some more members (111) and ESTA is coming to Helsinki 2021. This process has already started and we in Finland hope that we have a chance to co-operate with Sibelius Academy and R House in the heart of Helsinki.

ESTA Helsinki 2021 will be arranged from August 4th to August 7th.
We will welcome exhibitors from August 5th to August 7th.

Next ESTA Cremona 2019 is going to be between April 26th to May the 1st.

ESTA board and secretary from left to right:
Kristian Kolman, John Shayler, Clarien Zetsma, Mark Lambrecht and Isabel Hahn

I also met Géza Szilvay in Malta. His topic was “Introducing the Kodály Philosophy based on Colourstrings teaching method”, which is very familiar to me and to our Finnish ESTA members. It is always wonderful to meet Géza and see his inthusiasm on this topic.

With ESTA board member John Shayler and SJO /ESTA member of honour Géza Szilvay

I discussed with Steve Bingham (ESTA UK), who held a concert on Lines and loops, the same we had heard already in ESTA Oxford 2013. Steve is co-founder of the classical practice tool PartPlay part an is also Editor for ESTA UK.

With Steve Bingham (ESTA UK)

It was very pleasant to meet exhibitors so close from d`Addario (Lyris Hung from New York), Thomastic (Stojan Jovanovic from Vienna),  C. Harvey Publications (Cassia Harvey from Philadelphia, USA) and Violin Friends (Lauri Hämäläinen from Finland). Hope to meet you all in ESTA Helsinki 2021!

With d´Addario Orchestral Strings Product Manager Lyris Hung
With Lauri Hämäläinen and ESTA President from Norway Liisa Tuomaala (originally from Finland)

I thank you ESTA Malta 2018! My short trip to see all these marvelous colleagues and exhibitors was really worth of every minute!

See you all in Italy, ESTA Cremona 2019!

Heidi M. Mantere
ESTA Finland President

Triton Fountain in Valletta Gate

All Fotos by Heidi M. Mantere