32nd International ESTA Conference in Rotterdam, NL, August 16th – 21st 2004

The Conference took place in the rooms of the building of the Doelen concert hall, the seat of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the music school, in the middle of city centre which was rebuilt after the war. The water and the harbour could be seen outside and from the hotels. A reception of the mayor in the city hall was a social highlight and showed that music pedagogy is noticed by politics. The programme, which was also the ESTA magazine, was graphically designed in an extraordinary way. New Dutch music was presented in many concerts, including the results of a composition competition for Caprices for violin solo. For the first time some crossover-presentations were shown. Each congress day was started with chamber music played by students from the Hellendaal music school.


Leo Samama, NL An introduction in Dutch music
Peter Leerdam
Jules Kirch, NL
Double base presentation
Dorothée Wortelboer, NL Baroque Dance
Ilona Sie Dhian Ho, NL Learning to practice reasonably
Ivan Straus, CR Master class for violin
Antoine Frendo, Malta Music in Malta
Anders Groen, DK Alexander technique and sound production on the cello playing Bach
Jaap ter Linden, NL Master class for cello
Jaap Bolink, NL Violin making in the Netherlands
Marianne Vrijland
Anne van Laar, NL
The Suzuki method for cello players
Miroslav Lawrynowicz, PL The Paganini Caprices and their meaning for teaching
Els Knaven-Rats, NL Tension and relaxation in cello playing
Salome Janner, CH "Music for trees and flowers", viola project in the botanical garden of Basel
Coosje Wijzenbeek, NL A "glance in the cooking pot" of C.W.
Merit Palas, S Interpretation gesture (?) in the solo sonatas of Bach
Martin van der Linden, NL The violin in Argentine tango
Ludmilla Volkova, Ru Teaching in the Volga region
Katja Mervola, GB
William Lovell, GB Teaching levels

The "Students of the year" were Thierry Roggen, double base, CH and Wojciek Plawner, PL.

At the Delegates Meeting, after the usual agenda items (finances, organisation…), Kjell-Ake Hamrén, Sweden, was elected as successor of Elspeth Iliff, GB, Vice-President. Peter Esswood, GB, was elected into the Central Board. After a break ESTA Belgium, with President Mark Lambrecht, was admitted again. It is intended to admit an ESTA branch in Israel. A representative of the Association of European Conservatoires and Music High Schools expresses the wish of closer cooperation with ESTA. Barbara Ströbel-Brach, Germany, reports about the meetings of the NGOs at the Council of Europe.

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