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Sunday, October 7, 2012

ESTA Ireland National Conference 2012

Ferenc Szucs sets out the objectives
photos Maurice Gunning courtesy IWAMD  
 I attended European String Teachers' Association ( ESTA ) Ireland conference held at the World Academy of Music Building at UL campus today.  Following an opening address by Ferenc Szucs, director of classical strings MA programme at the university,  the current president of ESTA International Bruno Giuranna addressed the gathering setting the international context. He made an impassioned  plea for all children to have access to musical education and had  interesting observations on the merit of an oral tradition and  of musical education versus martial arts.
Professor Bruno Giuranna 

Alec photo CD 
There were charming performances by students of the faculty. We heard  music by Schubert and Mendelssohn from an elegant piano trio featuring Hungarian musicians , Peter Sebestyen, Balant Varay  and David Szabo .  This was followed by a very interesting duo featuring American students Alec Brown and Johanna Hyde.  You can hear Alec talking about his music style in the clip below.  The tower is an interesting architectural  circular space with a lining of dark wood vertical beams and slanted panels and the stringed instruments sounded rich and sonorous in this acoustic. The conference closed with a general discussion on the aims of the relaunched organisation.

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