About the Academy
The Cambridge Chamber Academy
The Cambridge Chamber Academy is based in Cambridge, UK, and provides advanced young musicians high quality musical education.
The Academy is for advanced piano, violin, viola and cello students who are at grade 8+ level and under 21 years of age*. Students play in coached chamber music sessions throughout the year and perform in a series of recitals and masterclasses. All sessions take place at the Stapleford Granary, a professional concert and cultural venue just 15 minutes outside of Cambridge.
First and foremost, the Academy is a place where students are exposed to the expectations of professional musicians. For each student, no matter how advanced, there will always be a gap between their level and these expectations. The size of the gap isn’t important and the goal isn’t to produce professional musicians. Rather it is allow students to make their way across this gap as well as they can with the abilities they have.
To this end the tutors don't try to get students to the next level but rather guide and inspire them in a journey of musical exploration. And because the only measuring stick we use is the professional level of the tutors, the idea of failure does not exist. There is only space ahead of them and they are encouraged to reach out as far forward as they can.