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 on a par with the London junior conservatoires. The Academy is for pianists, violinists, violists and cellists who are at grade 8+ level and under 25 years of age.
The main goal of the Academy is to develop the musicality of its students. Under the guidance of acclaimed international performers and music professionals, Academy students play in coached chamber music sessions, perform in a series of recitals and masterclasses, and explore the DNA of music through composition. The Academy also offers several intensive music courses during the year.
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.
Finally, we call ourselves the Cambridge Chamber Academy not only because chamber music is at the heart of what we do, but also because we are "chamber" sized. By limiting our regular programme to four ensembles the tutors get to know each student individually, which allows them to contribute meaningfully to their musical development.