Radio Prague 2004

Ameropa – not only American and European musicians meet in Prague

06-08-2004 | Martin Mikule

Ameropa is the name of a unique music project which takes place here in Prague every year. A classical music festival and summer school in one, Ameropa offers music students, as well as professional and amateur musicians, the opportunity to study and perform chamber music in some of the most attractive concert locations in the Czech capital. This is the Year of Czech Music, the 100th anniversary of the death of composer Antonin Dvorak, and Ameropa is also taking part in the celebrations, including Dvorak’s music in most of its concerts.


About Ameropa

Ameropa, a chamber music festival, was launched in summer 1993. Professional musicians from N. America and Europe collaborated in performance and instruction to students in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague, Czech Republic. The festival has grown steadily in size and scope and has evolved into its current form, which is an international festival for musicians from all over the globe, and students who travel long distances to be able to participate in it. At Ameropa, a participant has the opportunity to study music with an international group of experienced professionals, which includes some of the best musicians in the Czech Republic. Ameropa welcomes students of different ages and abilities, from the professional track college and older students, to younger students that don’t yet have that ability or experience, to the adult “music lovers” who can take a break from their daily routine and come to Prague for this special experience. All Ameropa participants share the love of music and want to collaborate with colleagues of similar abilities. Students and faculty members also participate in concerts at different locations in Prague and vicinity, including some of the most celebrated halls available. Prague is a natural site for such a festival. One of the most picturesque towns in Europe, it has always been a major center for musical creativity, and still attracts tourists from all over the world who want to hear Mozart’s “Don Giovani” where it was created and premiered, and attend performances of music written by the great nationalistic Czech composers Dvořák, Smetana, Janaček, Suk, Martinů, etc… The Czech music conservatories and Academies are filled with gifted students and great faculty, many string quartets that have thriving international careers, and a supporting public. To the potential participant, Ameropa offers an exciting experience, where one can make music with colleagues from many countries of rich and diverse culture, one can work with experienced international faculty group dedicated to the love of music and to passing their knowledge to the students. Many of the faculty members keep returning each year because they value and enjoy Ameropa. Ameropa can be as intense as one wants it to be. Some students (especially the professional Track) are expected to take advantage of the two chamber music weeks, rehearse and practice every unscheduled hour in order to maximize their learning experience. Others may want an easier experience, not diving into each work so deeply, and having the possibility to explore more pieces, with more ensembles. Even allowing time for some sightseeing.
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