Winter Academy of Chamber Music



Evan Rothstein studied at the Eastman School, the Yale School of Music and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. There he received his Doctor of Music in violin performance with a dissertation devoted to the music of Ives under the direction of noted Ives scholar J. Peter Burkholder. His violin professors included Nelli Shkolnikova, James Buswell and Stanley Ritchie (baroque repertoire), and in chamber music he worked with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo, Julliard, Fine Arts, and Borodin Quartets. He also studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and worked as an assistant in her Young Violinists program. In 1989 he moved to Paris, where he studied with Veda Reynolds as a Harriet Hale Woolley Fellow of the Fondation des Etats-Unis. He then performed in recitals and as chamber musician throughout Europe, including six years as a member of I Solisti del Festival at the Festival dei due mondi in Spoleto.

Pedagogy consultant to the ProQuartet Centre européen de musique de chambre (2004-2010), he was re-elected unanimously to a second three-year term as Chairman of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association in 2012; he writes a bimonthly column on chamber music teaching for Ensemble Magazine. He has also taught violin since 1992 in various conservatories in the Paris region and in workshops for both children and adult amateurs. Since 1997 he teaches chamber music at the Summer String Academy at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Mr Rothstein also holds graduate degrees in musicology from the University of Paris 8 - Saint Denis, where he focused on the experimental music-theatre of Georges Aperghis under the direction of Jean-Paul Olive. He later joined the musicology faculty, and from 2001 to 2012 taught both analysis and history of music. He has contributed chapters and texts to a variety of publications, writing not only about the music of Ives and Aperghis, but more generally about music and society, from the minimalism of Steve Reich to Broadway musicals. In recent years he has worked with Olive Music, the Théâtre de Châtelet and the Cité de la musique, producing concert and CD program notes, written and video interviews, and participating in professional development round tables and the Zoom pre-concert lecture series.

He has lectured in residencies including both conferences and interactive performance workshops internationally, and has served in the juries for a number of chamber music competitions across Europe.


Petras Kunca (b.1942) is a famous Lithuanian violinist and educator. In 1965 he graduated from the Lithuanian State Conservatoire (Prof. V. Radovičius’s violin class), in 1971, he was awarded art licenciate from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (Prof. A. Grigorian and Prof. V. Gvozdecki’s quartet class). He attended the Bela Bartók string quartet seminar in Budapest held by Prof. A. Mihaly (Hungary, 1968), violin master classes in Finland (1988), Spain (1992), violin and chamber music master classes in Denmark (1999), chamber music master classes in Sweden (1998), Estonia (2000), Latvia (2001) and Austria (2001).

In 1969–1974 P. Kunca taught at the M. K. Čiurlionis Art Gymnasium. Since 1974 he has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre; professor (1994), head of the Chamber Ensemble Department at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (1996).

The performer has given concerts in Lithuania and abroad as well as over 100 recitals. In 1968–1999 he was the second violin at the Vilnius State Quartet. Together with Vilnius State Quartet he toured Europe, Africa, America and Asia, participated in musical festivals and other events around the world. In 1972 the violinist won the first prize at the String Quartet Competition in Liége (Belgium).

The repertoire of Petras Kunca as a soloist includes opuses by I. Stravinsky, F. Liszt, D. Shostakovich, S. Prokofiev, Lithuanian and foreign contemporary composers. Many of them have been recorded in radio studios in Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Moscow. P. Kunca has recorded around 30 vinyl and compact discs (with a quartet), has written articles about music, edited opuses for violin solo, string quartet and other chamber ensembles by Lithuanian composers. Over 200 alumni have graduated from P. Kunca’s violin, string quartet and chamber ensemble class at the Lithuanian Academy of Music.

Since 1998 Petras Kunca has been conducting the Teachers Chamber Orchestra at B. Dvarionas Music School.

For his contribution to Lithuanian culture Petras Kunca has been awarded the Lithuanian State Prize (together with the Quartet, 1979) and V Class Order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas.


"I began to learn the piano when I was four. I com­pleted all three steps of my music edu­ca­tion and grad­u­ated from the State Col­lege of Music in War­saw as Mas­ter of Fine Arts in the class run by Pro­fes­sor Natalia Hornowska and Jerzy March­wiński. I then con­tin­ued to improve my piano skills under Pro­fes­sor Tatiana Niko­layeva at the P. Tchaikovsky Con­ser­va­tory in Moscow and also under Guido Agosti, Ricard Bren­golo and Alain Meu­nier at Accad­e­mia Chi­giana in Sienna.

Already as a fresh­man at the War­saw Col­lege of Music I began to take inter­est in cham­ber music to which I have devoted my entire pro­fes­sional life, both as a per­former and as a teacher. I won a prize at the First Inter­na­tional Con­tem­po­rary Music Com­pe­ti­tion in Utrecht in 1968 where I played with a vio­lin­ist, I was given a con­grat­u­lat­ing let­ter by the jury of a com­pe­ti­tion in Vienne in 1969 when I accom­pa­nied a singer, and then I was given many more diplo­mas and awards for this type of activ­ity at other national and inter­na­tional competitions.

Since then I have been per­form­ing very actively all over Europe, in the USA and Cuba, where my part­ners have been such out­stand­ing musi­cians as Kaja Danc­zowska, Jad­wiga Rappé, Oleg Krys, Ivan Monighetti, Milos Sadlo, Michael Flaks­man, Jean Fournier, Wolf­gang Marscher and many, many others.

I play many forms of cham­ber music and many styl­is­tic gen­res. In 1971 Bar­bara Hal­ska and I set up the War­saw Piano Duet and in 1974 Kaja Danc­zowska, Tadeusz Woj­ciechowski and I formed a trio. I have also co-operated in the role of harp­si­chord player with sev­eral Pol­ish cham­ber orches­tras: T. Ochlewski’s, K. Teutsch’s and J. Maksymiuk’s. I have made a num­ber of record and radio-television record­ings for Pol­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion and many Euro­pean broad­cast­ing houses. I feel a spe­cial affin­ity to the music of Schu­bert, Brahms and Szy­manowski but I also like French music very much.

Another form of activity

My real pas­sion is teach­ing which occu­pies just as much room in my life as per­form­ing and record­ing. I have been work­ing for many years at the Fred­eric Chopin Acad­emy of Music where I lead a cham­ber music class. For sev­eral years now I have also been teach­ing cham­ber music at the F. Chopin Sec­ondary Music School in War­saw. I am espe­cially ded­i­cated to the artis­tic song. I have also con­ducted mas­ter courses in Poland and abroad: at State Cal­i­for­nia Uni­ver­sity Fresno, Nord Hol­land Fes­ti­val Alk­maar, Accad­e­mia Tranese. Just recently I have coached singers and pianists at a course at Epsom Col­lege (Eng­land) at the Colla Voce Sum­mer School.

I am inter­ested in var­i­ous sys­tems of music edu­ca­tion through­out the world and whether or not they can be trans­ferred to our con­di­tions here at home. In par­tic­u­lar, I am look­ing closely at the appro­pri­ate and con­scious use of the body in singing and play­ing musi­cal instru­ments as well as in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of artis­tic ideas.

My deep con­cern for the need to keep this “instru­ment”, i.e., the human body, in good order has led me to estab­lish the Saint Cecilia — Health for Musi­cians Foun­da­tion. The main pur­pose of this foun­da­tion is to bring to pro­fes­sional musi­cians the aware­ness that they must con­tin­u­ally care for their own psycho-physical fit­ness and that of their stu­dents (pro­fes­sional pre­ven­tion) and I even­tu­ally plan to develop a reha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre for musicians.

When I am not work­ing I like best to walk in the moun­tains, the woods or the coun­try­side … and go to the cinema."


Junio Kimanen studied piano at the Sibelius Academy under Marita Viitasalo and Juhani Lagerspetz, and went on to complete his studies in Italy and France under Konstantin Bogino. He has given concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Finland, Russia, France, Italy, Canada and Japan, and has been a guest at several music festivals. Junio Kimanen is also a busy teacher of chamber music and piano and a publisher of educational materials, and has been Artistic Director of the Kuhmo chamber music courses since 2002.


Pianist Marje Lohuaru has achieved recognition above all as valued chamber musician. She is also pedagogue and active figure in Estonian musical life.

Lohuaru began her musical studies at the Tallinn Music High School with Professor Hilja Olm and continued with Professor Heljo Sepp in Tallinn State Conservatoire (1968–1973). She improved her skills at the postgraduate level at Leningrad Conservatoire with Marina Karandashova.

After graduating from the Tallinn State Conservatoire, Lohuaru has remained affiliated with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. From 1973 to 1978 she was active as an accompanist, since 1981, has served as a professor in the Chamber Music Department of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 1988 she became a Associate Professor in the department, serving as chair from 1991 to 1997, and was elevated to full professor in 1998. In 1992–1993, Lohuaru was an assistant to the chancellor in foreign relations, and since 1993 she has worked as the Vice-Rector of International Relations. Thanks to Lohuaru’s work, there are agreements with over 50 higher musical education institutions throughout Europe and also with prestigous foreign projects like Culture 2000, TEMPUS, Socrates/Erasmus, and Japanese Government Cultural Aid programs. As an academic expert, Lohuaru has often evaluated higher education projects for the European Commission.

As Professor of Chamber Music at the Estonian Academy of Music, Lohuaru has greatly contributed to furthering the artistry of young Estonian chamber musicians and enriching their repertoire. Among her pupils are Jana and Mihkel Peäske, Tuuli Teder and Selvadore Rähni, Ruth Haav and Kaido Kelder, Ralf Taal and Virgo Veldi. Lohuaru has participated in many Estonian and international competition juries as well as given master courses in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Italy and elsewhere.

As a highly valued ensemble partner among singers and instrumentalists, Lohuaru has performed with many interprets such as Urve Tauts, Pille Lill, Riina Airenne, Ulrika Kristian, Urmas Vulp, Mare Teearu, Peeter Paemurru, Jelena Komarova and Marianne Boettcher. She has given concerts in Finland, Germany, Russia, Scandinavian countries and Canada.

Lohuaru has been the member of the board of Estonian Music Council (1995–2005) and the president of Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2003–2005). She is the member of Estonian National Commission for UNESCO (since 1996), the member of the board of ELIA (European League of the Institutes of the Arts, since 2004), European Union expert of educational and cultural programs, the member of the board of Association of Estonian Professional Musicians (2002–2008 chairman of the board). She has been awarded Estonian Republic’s V Class Order of the White Star in 2005.

Lohuaru has recorded music for Estonian Radio and Estonian Television. Together with violinist Ulrika Kristian, Lohuaru has CD „An altered landscape” (Estonian Radio, 1998). On compilation CD To reach yesterday” (Megadisc, 2003) she performs Lepo Sumera’s vocal music together with soprano Pille Lill.

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