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Mission and goals of the OESC

OESC aims at bringing together the most talented young chamber musicians in the age range from 18 to 32 years. A shared common interest in European cultural heritage and a constant striving for excellence are important conditions to participate. OESC wants to raise interest in, and quality of, European chamber music life as well as to inspire the next generation of musicians and audiences.

Mind, Body & Soul

OESC focuses on the broadening of knowledge and experience in several diverse aspects of classical music life. This includes lessons, open masterclasses and workshops in musical topics, such as HIP (historically informed performance) in relation to the standpoints of the present performance practice, as well as in useful techniques like efficient rehearsal methods, knowledge of ways of learning, and how to manage physical and mental stress.

OESC goals are:

  • offering intensive talent development on an international basis
  • raising interest for chamber music
  • protecting and promoting European cultural heritage
  • raising the public interest for this heritage and its performance practice
  • stimulating transnational exchange of music culture
  • promoting European integration amongst participants, teachers and audiences.

OESC believes that:

young musicians need guidance to be able to use more and different communicative skills in order to develop sustainable and respectful collaborations in their ensemble.

improvisation often is a neglected or even non-existent territory for classical musicians. An introduction in this art can free them from the limiting belief that they cannot improvise, and it can help them in their own performance practice of existing notated music.

a personal development as performing artist, with an individual vision which is not based upon imitation, can be powerfully supported by a special way of vocal development for instrumentalists.

the use of advanced audio and visual techniques to discover the influence of posture and movement on tone production and the building of overtones can be quite revelatory.

practicing yoga and Qi Gong is a very effective and much needed relaxing counterpart of playing an instrument, considering the intense muscle training (and muscle tension) that this playing contains and evokes.

considering the intense muscle training (and tension) involved in playing, the practice of yoga and Qi Gong is an effective and much-needed form of relaxation

every musician suffers from tension and nervousness on stage. This can for instance appear as loss of physical control or as loss of memory. Emotional Freedom Techniques can play an important role in reducing these undesired limitations.

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