On May 13th, the new contemporary performance festival CPPM Manifestal will be launched, celebrating the development of our two-year MA in Contemporary Physical Performance Making (CPPM) students at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

All 13 new productions presented at the festival result from their artistic research projects undertaken to complete their master studies.

Photo: Eero Vabamägi / Postimees

“Over the last two years, the have challenged themselves withstanding numerous workshopis, creative projects, academic tasks and public performances. This extreme diversity of guest artists and teacers and the intensity of the course served as a platform for them to refine their own ways and identities. Manifestal is the logical destination of the journey.”  Jüri Nael

Photos: Seohwon Ji  “I AM WONDERING SO, I AM WANDERING” (Alan Proosa / CPPM Manifestal)

The CPPM Manifestal is born in cooperation with our incredible partners: Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava, Uue Loomingu Maja, Elektron, Estonian Dance Agency and Estonian Academy of Arts. The festival is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

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This spring, the EAMT will open admission to a new speciality field of singing, focusing on oratorio and ensemble singing. The study content focuses on singing in different styles, from baroque to contemporary. During the two-year master’s program, the student acquires experience in singing in a cappella ensembles as well as in making music with various instrumental ensembles. The program covers both early music, 19-20. century chamber music and contemporary music.

The leading lecturers of the new speciality field will be:

Jörg Dürmüller (tenor, Switzerland)




Kädy Plaas-Kala (soprano, Estonia)




We are looking for all those young singers who have completed their bachelor’s studies, and want to focus their career on ensemble and concert singing, as well as acquire diverse, broad-based vocal and interpretive skills in this field, to apply for the new field of speciality.

Admission information can be found here:

COMMUTE (COMposition and MUSic Technology) is a festival of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, which focuses on sound, visual and music technology. This spring, the festival is taking place for the third time and for the first time it is possible to follow COMMUTE events online.

During the seven days, several web concerts, premieres of various audiovisual works and an exhibition at the ARS Art City will take place, which will reach a wider audience via a web platform.

The COMMUTE program plays an important role in the creation of EAMT students, but we have also hosted guests every year. This year we will present the compositions of teachers and students of electroacoustic music at the Sibelius Academy of the Helsinki University of the Arts, the Tallinn New Music Ensemble will also perform at the festival, presenting new works by young authors of the EAMT.

A more detailed plan of the festival can be seen on the website

Consultations for applicants for doctoral studies in music and dramatic art with regard to the preparation of research projects will be held on:

April 15 from 17.00 in Zoom
April 19 from 11.15 in Zoom

Please register by April 14 by e-mail:

The purpose of the restrictions is to reduce people-to-people contacts more effectively and to prevent the spread of the virus.

All theoretical and semi-practical learning (lectures, seminars, solfeggio classes) will take place in the form of distance learning. In justified cases, individual consultations on these subjects are allowed to be held inside of the Academy. Practical learning is partially allowed, however, the opportunities for distance learning must be used to the maximum.

Students are allowed to be present on the premises of EAMT only:

  • to participate in practical learning in accordance with the restrictions set out below;
  • for independent practice;
  • for individual consultations appointed by the lecturer;
  • to pass exams and assessments.

The activities mentioned above are subject to the following restrictions:

  • In regular classrooms, up to 2 people can be present at the same time (for example 1 student and 1 lecturer or 1 student and pianist-concertmaster);
  • In the main building, rooms A103, C105, D311, A402, A403, A404, D411 and D511 may accommodate up to 3 people at the same time;
  • The chamber hall and the black box can accommodate up to 5 people at a time, with the exception of performing arts and contemporary performing arts, in case of which up to 8 people can gather
  • The main hall can accommodate up to 10 people at a time.
  • In Toom-Kooli 4 study building, up to 16 people can be present at once, in case of larger rooms, 7 people.
  • In music lessons, the maximum size of a practicing ensemble is 4 students (the temporary focus should currently be on developing individual skills and practising with smaller ensembles);

There is an obligation to wear a mask and keep a distance of 2 meters for all activities and between all people in the room; activities that require a lot of physical activity and active movement (for example dancing) are not allowed indoors.

Rules for entering study buildings:
The main building of the EAMT can only be accessed with a personalized magnetic card. For all others, including students of pedagogical practice, are not allowed to enter the building.

The main building will be closed earlier than usual, i.e. at 22.00. Students are required to leave their classes and hand over the keys no later than 21.45.

The library is open on weekdays from 12:00 to 16:00. Readers from outside the Academy must make a prior arrangement.

NB! Students must inform the Head of the Study Department about their possible illness or the result of the Cov + test: Jane Kreek, 6675 711,

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).

Important and additional COVID-19 information can be found here:

Instructions for those who are close contacts:


The prestigious global ranking of higher education institutions,  QS World University Rankings , which has just been published, shows that the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater has managed to gain a strong position for the third year in a row and is among the 51–100 best universities in the field of music and theater in 2021.

The Juilliard School and the Royal College of Music are holding first and second place respectively. Our partner university, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) in Glasgow, has risen to the third place. The EAMT is ranked next to the music universities of Munich, Hamburg and Cologne, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, St. Petersburg Conservatory and other top universities of music.

It is particularly important and significant that the Academy has managed to maintain a strong position in the rankings even after an extremely difficult year during which international relations to a great extent, had to be transferred over to the virtual world.

The ranking is based on statistical data provided by the higher education institutions as well as surveys conducted among those institutions in which the academic reputation and potential for employment are being assessed. In addition, the impact of the higher education institution in professional research is assessed.

The aim of the rankings of the higher education institutions is to provide background information for the prospective students when planning their educational path, and academic reputation guarantees for the universities. It also provides the higher education institutions with a starting point for evaluating their activities in the educational landscape.

The application for exchange studies at St Petersburg Conservatory and Tbilisi Conservatory is now open!
It includes a monthly scholarship of 700 EUR and one-time travel support of 180 EUR for Saint Petersburg and 360 EUR for Tbilisi.

Additional info:
Apply here:

Deadline: March 31, 2021.

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