EAMT's flutists Anete Vinkel and Iida-Annikki Helanterä in the finals of the I Tampere Flute Fest competition

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EAMT's flutists Anete Vinkel and Iida-Annikki Helanterä in the finals of the I Tampere Flute Fest competition

I Tampere Flute Fest will take place in April 25–26. The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre flutists Anete Vinkel and Iida-Annikki Helanterä from Mihkel Peäske's class made it to the festival competition's finals. 

The competition finals will be held through video broadcasts. 

Tampere Flute Fest aims to liven-up the culture of flute-playing by offering students the opportunity to partake in masterclasses, concerts of world-renowned flutists and display their skills at the competition. 

The premises of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre are closed from March 16 / edited March 26

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The premises of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre are closed from March 16 / edited March 26

The Government of the Republic of Estonia has declared the state of national emergency on March 12th. Due to that, the premises of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre are closed from March 16th. Academic and other activities will continue from a distance. 

Based on the governmental decision and the guidelines received from the Ministry of Education and Research, the EAMT Rectorate decided: 

- The buildings of EAMT will be closed from Monday, March 16th, for two weeks, until March 29.  No teaching, events, practice, research work, administrative work or any other activity will take place at the premises of EAMT. Buildings cannot be accessed with a door card either. 

/ EDIT (March 26): Based on the governmental decision and the guidelines received from the Ministry of Education and Research, the premises of the EAMT WILL REMAIN CLOSED, until stated otherwise / 

- Academic activities are planned to continue from a distance via online systems. Optimal solutions will be found between the management and the teaching staff taking into account the specifics of educational activities at EAMT. In areas where distance learning is currently not possible (especially individual lessons), the academy aspires to assure that these lessons are realized later on. In questions regarding general information or studies, the students are advised to contact their teachers or study registrar (general contacts, academic staff). 

- EAMT’s staff will continue to work from home offices and are available to contact via email. 

- Today and over the weekend you can still enter the building. All staff and students who have things that they need in the coming weeks are asked to take them before Monday.

- The library is open today, March 13 until 7 PM and tomorrow from 10 AM to 3 PM and will be closed from Monday. For those who need some items for work or studies from home, please borrow them either today or tomorrow.

After two weeks, the EAMT rectorate will review today's decisions. The decisions will be made taken people’s safety into account as the first priority. 

Please follow the Health Board advice in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak that can be found HERE.

Temporary special measures established at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Temporary special measures established at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to the health risks and precaution measures caused by the pandemic spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a series of temporary emergency measures are implemented at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Study activities are will continue at the time being, but to prevent the risk of an outbreak, people are advised to follow pertinent cautionary measures.

Working and studying activities are to be rearranged as follows:

  • ALL Academy-sponsored international travel is prohibited; already arranged Academy-sponsored travel to the countries stated as risk areas by the Estonian Health Board will be annulled.

  • Anyone, who returns or arrives from a location stated as a risk area by the Estonian Health Board, is asked not to visit the EAMT premises for two weeks after returning to Estonia and to rearrange their teaching or studying activities accordingly.

    As of March 12, Coronavirus risk areas are China, South-Korea, Japan, Singapore, Italy, Germany, France, Austria (especially Tirol ski resorts). Please follow the updates on the homepage of the Estonian Health Board.

  • Visits by the guest lecturers coming from the risk areas to be cancelled or postponed.

  • Anyone who has visited a risk area recently, should immediately inform the head of academic structure or direct superior, students should informed their study registrar.

  • Members of the faculty, who know that some student of theirs has recently visited a risk area, should inform the Registry and Student Affairs Department and let this student know that s/he is not allowed to enter the EAMT premises.

  • In general, guests are not allowed to enter the EAMT premises as the entrance is possible only with the authorized electronic entrance card.

  • The public concerts and other events organized by EAMT are cancelled until 30 April.

These precautionary measures are temporary. EAMT will continue to review the situation following the advice of the Health Board and Government of Estonia. The academy's emergency measures are effective March 13 until the overall situation has stabilized or new measures are established.

Please follow the Health Board advice in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak that can be found HERE.

 

Public concerts and events organized by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater will not take place in March and April

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Public concerts and events organized by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater will not take place in March and April

Due to the health risks and recommended precautions related to the global outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), public concerts and events organized by the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater (EAMT) will not take place from 13th of March to 30th of April.

Based on the recommendations of the Government of the Republic of Estonia as well as the Health Board and taking into consideration the potential risks, the management of EAMT has decided to cancel the events organized by the Academy.

“It is obvious that organizing events with large crowds and international elements is currently considered as complicated and unsafe for the public, staff and performers alike. We certainly want to prevent the situation from escalating, and we prioritize everyone's security as our first concern,” comments Henry-David Varema, Vice-Rector for Creative Affairs and International Relations at the EAMT.

If deemed possible, events will be not cancelled but rather postponed to the second half of the year. Currently no decisions have been made yet, but in order to stay informed about the events, please follow emtasaalid.ee for further information. 

These are temporary measures. The Estonian Academy of Music and Theater follows the recommendations of the Health Board and national regulations and assesses the situation on an ongoing basis.

 

EAMT included in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for the second time

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EAMT included in the prestigious QS World University Rankings for the second time

For the second time, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre has made it to the QS World University Rankings bu Subject, which is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.

"Undoubtedly it reflects the high quality of EAMT and we are content and very happy to have secured our Academy on the world map of the universities," explains Rector Ivari Ilja. "As the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre aspires to be known for its excellence in teaching and research, it shows that we are on the right path," he adds.

EAMT, having been the first music university from Baltic states included in the QS list,  is currently holding the position no 51-100 in the category of performing arts among such reputable music academies as Cologne and Munich (Germany), the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg (Denmark), Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and St Petersburg Conservatoire (Russia).

The top three performing arts institutions in 2020 are the The Julliard School (USA), London Royal College of Music (UK) and Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien (Austria) followed by the London Royal Academy of Music (UK), New York University (US) and London Guildhall School of Music and Drama (UK). Helsinki University of the Arts Sibelius Academy (Finland), ranked as 6th in 2018 and 12th in 2019, is currently holding the 13th position.

The QS Rankings are released every year and provide lists of universities based on surveys, diversity, and much more. It is monitored by both partners and students to learn about the nature and capability of universities.

The full list of performing arts universities is available here.

Advice regarding the COVID-19 outbreak / Edited: March 11

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Advice regarding the COVID-19 outbreak / Edited: March 11

The Health Board estimates the risk of single cases of the COVID-19 desease caused by the coronavirus in Estonia high, but risk of a larger outbreak is estimated low. To prevent the risk of an outbreak, people are advised to follow pertinent cautionary measures.

Official information, directions and guidelines regarding the coronavirus outbreak can be found on the Health Board homepage HERE

At the time being, the situation does not need extraordinary measures in educational institutions and academic activities and classroom learning continue routinely. However, the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre has established temporary measures regarding international travels, events and affairs to prevent the virus spread at the academy. 

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre the following changes in the working order of the EAMT apply: 

  1. No work or study travels for employees or students to high-risk infection areas, until stated otherwise. Already booked and organised travels are to be rearranged or canceled. 
  2. Persons who have been to the area with ongoing coronavirus transmission from March 1 2020 are not allowed to enter the academy’s premises; invitations to foreign visitors from high-risk infection areas are postponed or canceled; EAMT employees and students who have returned to Estonia from high-risk areas in March are not allowed to enter the academy’s premises for two weeks upon their return and need to reorganise their work or study arrangements accordingly. 
  3. Organising and holding international events are approached case-by-case by the academy’s rectorate. 

High-risk infection areas are considered to be the high-risk areas stated by the National Health Board on their official homepage. Forementioned restrictions apply until the high-risk areas are abolished by the Health Board 

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March 4 2020

Everybody is asked to pay attention to their health state.

  • Forthcoming travels to the high-risk areas (China, Northern Italy, Iran, Japan, Singapore, South Korea) are advised to be reorganised, as the likelihood of infection for people travelling or residing in the risk area is high.
  • If you have returned from the area with ongoing coronavirus transmission in the recent two weeks, please contact your immediate supervisor or study programme registrar. In that case it is advised to stay home for 14 days and arrange your work and study activities from a distance. 
  • According to the known information, the symptoms of the COVID-19 desease are flu-like: fever 38°C, cough, difficulty breathing. If you have been to the area with ongoing coronavirus transmission in the recent two weeks or have been in close contact with a person who is infected with the coronavirus and exhibit the symptoms, seek medical help by contacting your family doctor by phone or call the family physician advisory line 1220; inform the academy and stay home. 

Please follow the Health Board advice in the light of the COVID-19 outbreak that can be found HERE.

The winner of the Yamaha scholarship competition 2020 is pianist Piret Mikalai

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The winner of the Yamaha scholarship competition 2020 is pianist Piret Mikalai

Our warmest congratulations go to pianist Piret Mikalai, who was awarded the Yamaha scholarship of 1000€.

The scholarship competition took place on 28 February in the Concert hall of the EAMT in participation of 13 full time piano students. The jury assessing the competition consisted of Senior Lecturer Mati Mikalai and Professor Toivo Nahkur.

Piret Mikalai is studying under Prof. Peep Lassmann and Lecturer Mihkel Poll.