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30th International ESTA Congress in Middelfart, Denmark from 15 to 19 October 2002

This time ESTA met at Hindsgawl castle, a most picturesque conference venue on the island of Fyn, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. The highlights of the social programme were a reception at the Town Hall of Middelfart and a trip to the Andersen and Carl Nielsen museums.

Anders Gran
Jorgen Nielsen DK
Stories in Music
Terje Moe Hansen DK New Ways in Violin Playing and Master Classes
Lennart Winnberg S From Ear to Heart
Bent Lorentzen How to Compose a new Violin Concerto
Susanna Andres CH Salsa per violinos
Licia Anna Ellero
Ennio Francescato I
The Willem Method
Peter Spissky SK/DK The Dangerous “Old Music”
Knut Hamre N The Harding Fiddle and the Norwegian Tradition of Folk Music
Eva Bogren S “Little Things for Little Strings“
Harald Haugaard DK The Violin in Danish Folk Music
Walter Mengler D Left-handedness and Playing a String Instrument
Maria Mol NL The Relationship between Improvisation and Theatrical Aspects in Music
Peder Holm DK Works for Young String Players
Lowri Blake
Peter Buckoke GB
A Man, a Woman and a Double Bass
Mette Hanskow DK Education from the First to the Last One
Elias Davidsson IS Compositions for Strings – Music for a Better World
Valerie Girbal F Early Beginning on the Viola
Tove Detreköy DK Suzuki – Historical Reflections

As always, numerous concerts were presented: Morthen Zeuthen, cello, Elisabeth Zeuthen, violin and Tim Frederiksen, viola, played a wide range from Bach to Kodaly, the Albertslund Symphony Orchestra performed Nordic composers: Lorentzen, Svendsen, Grieg and Holst. Eskaer Trio pleased the participants with piano trios by Brahms and Chr. Barnekow. An entire concert with violoncello solo with works by Hindemith, Sibelius, Sweinson and Bentzon was arranged as a meditation by Erling. B. Bengtsson. The Nielsen Quartet performed music by Kuhlau, Hornemann and, of course, Carl Nielsen. A particularly entertaining evening in store for the audience was the programme “Baroque Fever” – with virtuoso baroque music played by Peter Spissky and his musicians. Furthermore, music by Peter Holm was presented, and the old St. Nicolai Church resounded with jazz improvisations by the quartet “String Thing”. Throughout the entire congress we were accompanied by Nordic folk music fiddlers.

General Meeting of the Delegates in Middelfart on 18 October

Elspeth Iliff welcomed the delegates on behalf of the absent (still) President Siegfried Palm. After the approval of the minutes and the annual report of the Central Secretariat it was agreed that the Branches should be obliged to submit on a regular basis their up-dated membership lists as well as their annual reports by September/October.

After dealing with the annual financial statement (everything was found to be correct), the matter of charging different membership fees for wealthy and less wealthy Branches was taken up again. One proposal was to grant a 50% discount upon application, another suggestion was that one Branch act as sponsor for another one in various ways, e.g. by exemption from paying congress fees. It was decided that the Central Committee should continue discussing both models.

The Solidarity Fund should be supported by well-off members. For the election of the new President there were several persons who stood as candidates. The winner was Igor Ozim, leaving behind the other contenders Giuranna, Monighetti and Farulli.

Two new members had to be elected into the Central Committee: Kjell Hamren (Sweden) and Aino Riikjärv, Estonia were elected. Elspeth Iliff was re-elected Vice-President unanimously. The Managing Committee of the Koch Foundation was up for elections as well. Its current members – Kjell Hamren, Rodney Slatford GB, Werner Schmitt CH and Dr. Lothar Stöckbauer, D, – were confirmed in their offices. Werner Schmitt was appointed Honorary Member. The revised draft of the Statutes was approved.

The next Congresses:
14 to 19 April, 2003, Paris,
16 to 20 August, 2004, Rotterdam

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