“Chamber music ... a conversation between friends”
The Cambridge Chamber Academy is based in Cambridge, UK, and provides advanced young musicians an opportunity to perform regularly in recitals and masterclasses, as well as to play in a coached chamber music ensemble.
The Academy is for advanced piano, violin, viola and cello students who are at grade 8+ level and under 21 years of age*. It organizes several Recital & Masterclass Days over the school year in which students have the opportunity to perform in recitals alongside professionals and participate in masterclasses. These Recital & Masterclass Days take place at the Stapleford Granary, a professional recital and cultural venue just 15 minutes outside of Cambridge.
The Academy organizes students into chamber music ensembles. These chamber ensembles receive weekly coaching from Academy coaches and participate fully in the Recital & Masterclass Days.
*This may change in the future
Why the Academy was formed
The Cambridge Chamber Academy grew from a small group of parents and teachers searching for performance opportunities for their students who had prepared works close to a professional level. The group also felt that advanced young students in the Cambridge area who wanted to develop further had little choice but to travel to junior conservatories such as those in London. The Academy was created therefore to provide a local setting where its best young musicians can come together to make music and taste what life as a professional musician is like.
The Academy's philosophy is that regular performance and coached chamber music sessions are the two best ways for a young musician to develop. Masterclasses given by professionals and then playing alongside them complement this as these allow students to benefit from their experience, by learning from their teaching and learning from their example.