Due to the rapid deterioration of the corona crisis, the government will establish stricter rules in Estonia from 1 March 2021 for preventing COVID-19. According to the current plan, these rules will remain in effect until the end of March. THE INFORMATION IS BEING UPDATED! For more information please follow:

Based on current information, new restrictions will take effect on March 1, 2021 at EAMT as follows:

  • All theoretical learning takes place from the distance (in the form of distance learning). Only individual consultations are allowed to take place in the Academy. If the lecturer wishes to use his/her own classroom for the purpose of conducting a distance learning lecture, then this is possible, however students must not be present in the classroom at the same time.
  • Individual lessons and individual practice are allowed.
  • Other practical training (including solo performance classes with pianist-concertmaster (s)) is allowed only if masks will be worn and a distance of at least two meters will be kept between all persons in the room (for example, in different ensemble classes).
  • Conducting lessons with two concertmasters must be transferred to a larger room.
  • Lessons that cannot be carried out with these restrictions (for example, dance, movement, acting and opera classes) will take place in April-June.
  • The EAMT main building can only be accessed with a personalized magnetic card. For everyone else the entry is denied. This restriction also extends to pedagogical practice and other educational institutions students (the lists of students which have been put together will be maintained by the administration and will hopefully be used again from April). We ask everyone to make sure that while entering through the main door, no person from outside the Academy, will enter the study building with you.
  • There will be no concerts and performances in the halls of EAMT in March. The Concert and Performance Centre will contact the organizer of each planned event separately. In all special cases, please contact:
  • Students must inform the Head of the Study Department about their possible illness or the result of the Cov + test: Jane Kreek, 6675 711,
  • NB! In the case of Cov +, please also provide the names of possible close contacts with whom you were in contact on the premises of the Academy (2 days before the onset of symptoms or after receiving the positive Cov test result).

NB! It is mandatory to wear a mask inside the buildings of the Academy.
NB! You should stay home in case of a slightest sign of illness.
NB! If coronavirus infection is suspected, isolation must be maintained until the test result is known.
NB! Please be sure to inform the Rectorate of all possible risks and dangers related to the virus.


GENUS 2021 takes place 1 and 2 March, 10 to 16 CET via Zoom.

GENUS is a Nordplus cooperation project focusing on gender balance and equity in music education. GENUS 2021 highlights gender balance at pre-conservatory level, i.e., at music schools and conservatory preparatory courses and up to conservatories’ entrance exams.

GENUS is a meeting-place for institutions and individuals who want to make a change. Through presentations and discussions, by jointly creating an online toolbox and discussing best/worst practices, failures and successes we hope to see a change in the gender balance in the future.

The conference is organised by Malmö Academy of Music, University of Agder, Kristiansand and The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg. The organising team consists of both staff, leaders and students from the three conservatories

More information and registration via GENUS website:
Facebook event:


From February 28 till March 20  the string students of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Academies of Music are invited to apply for the competition to participate in the Baltic Roots project that will take place from 18 to 24 May in Berlin.

Peter Riegelbauer, long-standing double-bass player of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Head of the Karajan Academy, explains:

“The Karajan Academy is extremely pleased about the new partnership with the Baltic music academies and the related concert project with Baiba Skride at the Philharmonie Berlin. The exchange and cooperation with the young musicians of the Baltic academies is a great opportunity for us and our scholarship holders to get to know the fantastic talents and the excellent educational institutions from the Baltic States. To broaden our horizon, It is also a great pleasure for us to bring to Berlin the exciting scene of contemporary music of the Baltic countries, which is perhaps still largely too unknown in Germany. And who knows – perhaps after this cooperation project the ranks of the Karajan Academy will expand to include a few musicians from the Baltic States?”

Students of the Baltic Music academies have been collaborating for many years. During recent celebration of our centenaries the Baltic Student Symphony Orchestra  performed succesfully in 2017, 2018 and 2019  in the capitals and regional concert halls of the Baltic states, as well as in Gdansk, Berlin, Helsinki and St.Petersburg.

Since the motto of the Academy founded by Herbert von Karajan is “Learn from the pros” – young, well-trained graduates receive the best possible preparation for the profession of orchestral musician. Working together with long-standing members and principals of the Berliner Philharmoniker, students learn the particular style and sound ideal of the orchestra. Young instrumentalists get a sense of what it means to be a “complete musician”, who not only work intensively on their own development, but also learn to widen their experience and meet the world with a thirst for knowledge and open eyes. The facts speak for themselves – around one-third of the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker are former students of the Academy.

In frames of this project, the Baltic students will get acquainted with the daily study process of the Karajan Academy scholars during individual lessons with the principals of Karajan Academy and orchestra rehearsals side by side with the Karajan Academy students. The joint orchestra will be conducted by Stanley Dodds, violinist of Berliner Philharmoniker who studied conducting under Jorma Panula and appears regularly in front of the Karajan Academy and ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker members.

At the closing concert of the project on May 23, 2021, in the Chamber Music Hall of Philharmonie Berlin, young musicians of the Baltic Music Academies and Karajan Academy will perform Pēteris Vasks` Concerto “Distant Light” together with Baiba Skride,  “Sad Serenades” by Maija Einfelde for string quartet and clarinet, “Elongation of Nights” by Juste Janulyte, “Passion. Illusion” by Erkki-Sven Tüür and “Serenade” for strings by Piotr Tchaikovsky.

“Baltic Roots” project is implemented by Karajan Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker in collaboration with Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre , Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, as well as Andreas Richter Cultural Consulting. Project is supported by the Baltic Culture Fund.

The application is open to all string students of EAMT. One must record a video recording with: 

1) one piece of your own choosing (piece, movement from a concerto or sonata) with or with no accompaniment;
2) one excerpt of your own choosing from the EUYO audition material;
3) an excerpt from P. Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade”.

The recorded material must be uploaded latest by 20 March.

Additional info and questions:

Kai Kiiv
6675 721


The 4th Tallinn International Piano Competition will take place from November 25 to December 3 at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The registration is now open and the deadline is October 1.

All three competition rounds will take place at the Great Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The participants will be evaluated by the jury consisting of internationally acclaimed artists and professors. In the Finals competition finalists will perform together with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Arvo Volmer. The conditions of the competition are available HERE.

The previous winners of the competition are Mihkel Poll (2006), Kristi Kapten (2011) and Anna Szałucka (2016). The competition is organised by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Association of Estonian Professional Pianists.




At the beginning of December the plagiarism prevention software URKUND was tested by EAMT at the initiative of the Department of Musicology, Music Pedagogy and Cultural Management. The assessment confirmed that it is a modern and efficient tool, which can be used to fairly quickly find information on the Internet that might correspond to the texts the students have written. In January a decision was made to start using the paid service of URKUND. The service is provided in Estonia by the Education and Youth Board on the basis of a consortium agreement. Payment for the service is based on the number of students at the educational institution.

URKUND is often mistakenly called as a plagiarism detection software. In fact, it helps to find matches between student’s text and an online text, but possible plagiarism must be identified by the user of the software. Above all, URKUND is helpful in preventing plagiarism by ascertaining the originality and correctness of the work before the evaluation of the student work.

Homoglyphs can be used for disguising plagiarized text by replacing letters in source texts with visually identical letters from other scripts. URKUND notifies the user about the existence of such homoglyphs.

To use URKUND, the text needing evaluation must be sent from the authorized e-mail address to the URKUND server. An analysis report will be returned via email. As this is first and foremost a measure for preventing plagiarism, it will also benefit students who can use URKUND to check the originality and correctness of their work. To do this, the student must send his/her work to the e-mail address of his/her lecturer’s URKUND account. The analysis report is then sent to both the student and the teacher. EAMT faculty members may receive their URKUND account address by writing to Eerik Jõks at

Researcher Brigitta Davidjants and lecturer Eerik Jõks assisted in testing URKUND at EAMT.

New e-course starting in March at the Continuing Education Centre – „Managing Art Projects with Societal Impact (MAPSI)“. Lecturer PhD Kaari Kiitsak-Prikk, Head of Cultural Management Studies.

The aim of the course is to deepen the understanding of the specifics relating to the managing the art’s societal impact. The content of the course is built on MAPSI study e-book, video lectures, online presentations, individual online assignments, case analysis. See also:

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is a partner of the Unemployment Insurance Fund Töötukassa. Upon participating in labour market training, you accept the rights and obligations related to participation. If you are registered as unemployed, you have the right to receive grants and commuting and accommodation benefits. For more information – terms and conditions of participation in training:

Last week (January 19–22, 2021), a training and inspiration week “Evolving Academy” took place at the Academy of Music and Theatre, during which a number of lectures on various topics took place. There were three so-called big lectures held in the main hall:

Coach Raul Rebane: “From another angle. How to create your own story?”

The media is a technical tool for disseminating and building one’s own image. Fear of making mistakes prevents one from speaking, but with the right exercises and preparation methods, one can train and gain confidence for successful media communication. “Own story” is a system of values on which all business and communication is based.

Lecturer Päivi Arjas (Sibelius Academy): “Performance coaching for musicians – what it is and what it can be”

The presentation focused on the Sibelius Academy’s study program, which addresses mental and physical factors that affect performance, communication with the audience and working under stress, as well as techniques that either help to improve the skills and abilities arising from these factors or overcome certain limitations.

EAMT psychologist Elina Kivinukk: “Supporting a sense of security at work and in class”

Estonian Academy of Music and Theater stands for a safe and respectful learning and working environment. Last year, the Senate approved measures to ensure equal treatment and a complaints procedure that can help to address possible complaints in more detail. Topics of equal treatment, bullying and harassment were touched upon. Suggestions were made on how to support oneself and others’ sense of security in everyday communication, at work and during lessons.

In addition, trainings took place:

Senior Lecturer Maret Mursa Tormis: “Introduction to Alexander Technique” F.M. Alexander has said, “My technique is based on inhibition, the inhibition of undesirable, unwanted responses to stimuli, and hence it is primarily a technique for the development of the control of human reaction.” The ability to stop, to delay the reaction until we are adequately prepared to do so, Alexander calls inhibition. The aim of the short course was to introduce Alexander principle and its use in working with musicians.

Senior lecturer Heiki Mätlik: “Student’s GREAT study plan – soloist, member of an orchestra, pedagogue, early music or contemporary music interpreter?”, which focused on the questions: how to plan the final goal of one’s studies; where to arrive at the end of five years of academic study; how to orient the repertoire according to one’s field, choose the literature, etc.

EAMT psychologist Elina Kivinukk: “How to give and receive feedback (and not against your fingers)?” – how to give feedback during lessons, at the workplace or after the performance in a way that is useful and motivating? How to handle a situation where someone shares a criticism that you do not agree with? EAMT psychologist Elina Kivinukk offered ideas and examples on this topic, based on the research of Sheila Heen and Douglas Stone.

Prof. Lembit Orgse, Prof. Henry-David Varema, Prof. Peeter Sarapuu, Lecturer Eerik Jõks: “Observations and best practices in the implementation of e-learning” – experiences were shared in regards to the e-learning solutions for theoretical-practical subjects of interpretation pedagogy (professional didactics seminars, pedagogical practice, etc.), consequent changes in the content of subjects and in the forms of implementation; as well as the practical possibilities of distance learning and innovations in conducting speciality lessons – the opportunities during the period of pandemic to support students’ autonomy, etc.

Language editor Merit Lassmann: “Our everyday mother tongue” – everyday life requires, to a greater or lesser extent, from all of us to communicate in writing – in order to gain communication courage, we tried to solve the following questions: how to maintain good literacy after many years have passed since your last Estonian class; where to get help in case of language hesitations and doubts; how many language rules have changed, what we should know about these changes, and so on.

Mai Simson, doctoral student in Music, and Hanna Junti, doctoral student in Theater, will represent the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater in the competition “Science in 3 Minutes” organized by the Estonian Academy of Sciences. The ERR research portal Novaator also published articles on the topics of the competition lectures:

Mai Simson “The Miracle of Jonah – Caught or Uncaught” (in Estonian)

Hanna Junti “In theatre bodies experience the subjectivity and objectivity of time” (in Estonian)

The live broadcast of the “Science in 3 Minutes” ceremonial final will take place on February 5, 2021 on the website of the Estonian Academy of Sciences.

The Cultural Management MA program is calling all interested composers to put together a sound book for a Podcast that we are preparing.

The (working) title of the podcast is The Art of Survival and together with guest speakers we are exploring different contexts of work in the arts sector during pandemic (but not only) times.

We are looking for the opening (jingle), short ‘pause’ sounds (breaks between talks) and endings that will be used for the podcast as well as for promotional materials of the podcast.

The intro and outro should be no longer than 10 seconds. Regarding the style, we leave the ideas for the composer’s interpretation.

Deadline for submission is 25th January at

We will choose the most suitable composition by voting together with our alumni.

The prize for the chosen composition is 500 euro.

For more information and inspirations, please visit our website, facebook and instagram @culturalmasters.

In case you have any questions regarding the call, please contact coordinator of Cultural Management studies Anna Maria Ranczakowska @

The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre will soon host the New Time Music 2.0 event, a two day online conference concerning distance learning. The event will take place on 1st and 2nd of December 2020 and more info can be found here:

New Time Music 2.0 is a Nordplus founded cooperation project between Turku University of Applied Sciences (FI), Norwegian Academy of Music (NO), The Royal Academy of Music of Aarhus/Aalborg (DK) and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.