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Learn from the best – play together with them!

Trondheim Chamber Music Festival presents 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy – TICA 2016, 26 September to 2 October 2016.

About Academy 2016 Playing instructors Masterclasses Timani - the hidden potential of the musicians body Rules and repertoire

About Academy 2016

String Quartets from all over the world are welcome to apply for the Trondheim International Chamber music Academy (TICC Academy) which focuses especially on advanced student quartets and young professional quartets. The academy offers a unique opportunity with a combination of:

- Master classes in the ensembles’ chosen repertoire
- Chamber music together with the instructors
- The Academy is held during Trondheim Chamber Music Festival, and the ensembles have free entry to the festival’s concerts

In addition to offering instruction of top international standard, TICC Academy wishes to serve as a springboard for the ensembles’ further career. One or more quartets will be selected by the instructors to directly qualify for the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition 2017.

The quartets choose one quartet of their own choice. The program for works to be played with the instructors will be announced after the academy quartets have been chosen.

The Academy's Closing Concert is held on Sunday 2 October, and will take place as part of the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival. Tickets are available here.


Playing instructors

As a part of our academy we offer the quite unique possiblity of studying chamber music playing together with the instructors. This is in addition to masterclasses with the quartets chosen repertoire. As this is our 9th academy we know this makes our young talents perform better than ever before. The chance of working with and perform in concert with stars such as Gabriela Montero, Henning Kraggerud or one of the members from Trio con Brio Copenhagen or the Pavel Haas Quartet is a great opportunity. The repertoire will be decided by the instructors and the academy, and also which group is playing with which instructor.



Our academy offers masterclasses with:

Hatto Beyerle, academy leader,
Henning Kraggerud, violin/ viola,
Soo-Jin Hong, violin,
Soo-Kyung Hong, cello,
Jens Elvekjær, piano,
Marek Zwiebel, violin
Pavel Nikl viola
Peter Jarůšek, cello

Masterclasses are open for audience. The schedule for audiences will be announced here at the beginning of September 2016.

Listening to a masterclass gives a deeper understanding of the music, it is a wonderful experience of talent and hard work, and it is a close meeting with some of the great chamber music personalities of the world giving their view and interpretations of the old masters to the young talents.

Do not miss out. Admission is free. Please respect the concert-like situation of the masterclass.


Timani - the hidden potential of the musicians body

As participants at TICC Academy spend most of their time rehearsing, we offer Timani classes to prevent physical pain from playing too much. You will acquire specific knowledge of how to fully realize your physical, mental and musical potential. Tina Margareta Nilssen has developed the Timani approach for musicians from her various educations, other impulses, and 20 years’ experience as a musician, pedagogue, therapist and body worker. She will give classes Wednesday, September 28th.

As a musician we need to deal with our body, mind and awareness on a high level. However traditionally there has been little focus on the whole human system, leaving much of the individual person’s performance skill, development and musical experience to coincidence. The Timani Academy therefore offers different courses, individual coaching and classes focusing on specific elements that a performer should train to become a confident, pain free and content performer.

Tina Margareta Nilssen is a concert pianist with 7 years of studies from the universities of Trondheim (BA), Berlin and Oslo (MA). She has released three internationally renowned CD’s with the Dena Piano Duo on the record label 2L. These feature music of Brahms, Saint-Säens, Bjørklund, Plagge, as well as the complete works of Mozart and Grieg for two pianos. Tina Margareta Nilssen has performed in most European countries and the USA.

Read more about Timani here.

Rules and repertoire

1. 9th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy, TICC - Academy, 2016 is open to string quartets.

2. Applications will be accepted from musicians of all nationalities provided the combined maximum age of the quartet members as of 1 September 2016 does not exceed 116 years. The age limit for each musician of the quartet must be under 34 and over 15 years on 1 September 2016.

3. Musicians may only enter the Academy as a member of one quartet.

4. Musicians are responsible for all travel expenses. There are possibilities for applying for travel funding, which can be provided based on the need and the total travel costs of the groups.

5. The competition will offer free lodging in 2-bed room, as well as breakfast and one hot meal a day.

6. The application portal online closes 20 April 2016. The following downloads is required:
a. A copy of birth certificate or similar official document confirming the date and place of birth of each candidate.
b. Curriculum vitae with particulars of training, awards and diplomas and recent concert appearances of the quartet.
c. Two recent professional references.
d. Two recent high-resolution photographs of the quartet, sent by the application form, by email or on an enclosed cd (not printed).
e. A recent audio recording of high quality in uncompressed audio formats, such as (WAV or AIFF), or in formats with lossless compression, such as FLAC or ALAC (.m4a), minimum Bitrate 256kbps, of the quartet containing two contrasting movements with a total duration of min. 12 minutes. This should be:
- one first movement of a Beethoven, Haydn or Mozart String quartet
- one movement from the romantic or 20th/21th century repertoire.
The recording should be recorded in one "take" and must not be edited or altered in any way. TICC - Academy reserves the right to disqualify applicants entering studio enhanced or modified tapes. Applicants are anonymous to the jury when considered for TICC - Academy.
f. A letter from a teacher or professional musician certifying the authenticity of the recording.

7. There will be a non-refundable entry fee of EUR 160 per quartet which should not be sent before the application has been accepted.

8. Each quartet will be required to prepare one work of free choice of a minimum duration of 20 minutes. Each participant will also be expected to prepare works to be played together with the instructors. These works will be announced once the participating quartets have been chosen.

9. All participants shall agree to have their performances recorded, filmed or broadcast on radio or television anywhere in the world. No payment will be made to participants for the recording or broadcasting of the Academy performances.

10. Rehearsal facilities, including the provision of music stands, will be available to all participants.

11. English is the official language.

Academy repertoire:
a) Compulsory
One string quartet of free choice, min. duration of 20’
b) One work which the quartet will play together with one of the instructors. Announced after selection of the participants (for example piano quintets, string quintets or similar).