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31st International ESTA Conference in Paris, April 14th – 19th 2003

The renowned Conservatoire Supérieure de Musique, housed nowadays in an ultra-modern building in the north of the city, welcomed the European guests courtesy of the President of ESTA France, Michel Strauss, a cello professor at this venerable institution. The presentations covered topics including group tuition, physiology, music history and instrument-making. The concerts were of the obligatory high standard. A boat trip on the Seine by moonlight, with lively music from a Moldavian ensemble, delighted the participants, among whom were representatives from both Israel and Palestine.

Presentations included:

Michel Faure, F Aspects of the musical life of Paris, 1890 – 1940
Claude-Henry Joubert, F Introduction to handbook on composition and improvisation
Pierre Barois, F The European Association of pre-professional orchestras
Thierry Barbé, F The modern double bass: a “viola-cello”?
Thierry Vaillant
Jean-Christophe Deleforge, F
The double bass comes out of its shell…
Antonio Pellegrini, CH Beethoven, Kreutzer and the French Revolution
Reine-Brigitte Sulem, F Physiology and the art of violin playing
Eva Bogren, S The advantages of group tuition
Bernard Sabatier, F Small violas for children – why?
Ivi Tivik, Est Teaching tone production to violin pupils of all ages
R. Caroline Bosanquet, GB Fun with Cello Harmonics
Mikulas Jelinek, Slo Tradition and difficulties, using Slovakia as an example
Gérard Geay, F Rameau, Gossec and their times
Jaap Schröder, NL Early music repertoire: 18th and 19th century duos in modern teaching
Myriam Chimines, F The social élite and Parisian musical life under the Third Republic
Thierry Masson, F Compositions for small children
Jean-Francois Raffin, F The art of bow-making in France
Robert Papavrami, F The “Pierre Rode” school and the Papavrami method

In the Koch Foundation competition, now called the “ESTA Student of the Year Award”, the winners wereFrench violinist Charlotte Bonneton and Serbian cellist Maya Bogdanovich.

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