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The European Clarinet Association (ECA) is a vibrant community dedicated to the promotion of clarinet music across Europe. Since our foundation, we have aimed to create a network of artists, teachers, researchers, and enthusiasts to celebrate the rich tradition and innovative future of the clarinet and its music. Our website will offer in the near future a platform for members and those interested to learn about current events, educational resources, and special events like our annual European Clarinet Congress. We are proud to play a key role in the European clarinet community and welcome all who share our passion for this wonderful instrument.
History & Heritage
The European Clarinet Association was founded in 2009 by clarinet enthusiasts from all over Europe (Matthias Mueller, Stephan Vermeersch, Pedro Rubio, Arkadiusz Adamski, Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Simone Weber, Heike Fricke, David Campbell and Luigi Magistrelli) in response to the growing need for a comprehensive organization for clarinetists in Europe, where the clarinet was born. Since then, the ECA has grown into an important voice in the world of the clarinet, known for its innovative programs and support for artists and educators.
Our mission is multifaceted and inclusive: to promote the art of clarinet playing, to provide educational opportunities, to support research, and to offer a platform for the exchange of ideas and resources. We are committed to supporting all aspects of clarinet performance, from classical to contemporary music, and nurturing the next generation of clarinetists, co-operating with national clarinet associations in Europe and closely with our sister organization, the International Clarinet Association (ICA).
Our board and advisors consist of a diverse group of renowned clarinetists, educators, and music experts from across Europe. Each member brings their unique experience and dedication to the promotion of the clarinet. Currently, Filipa Nunes and Nicolai Pfeffer serve as presidents of the European Clarinet Association.
Become part of our community and enjoy exclusive benefits, including access to our events, educational resources, and a vast network of clarinetists and music professionals. Through membership, you can actively contribute to shaping the future of clarinet music in Europe while benefiting from the diverse resources and opportunities we offer.
NB: You can apply for a membership as soon as we’ve received the status of a registered association in Germany and have opened a bank account. Please check back on this page soon to learn more. Also, we will inform about membership fees and options on this page, soon.
The Festival of the ECA in Salerno, Italy
The ECA organizes and supports a variety of events, including international conferences, workshops, masterclasses, and concerts. These events provide a unique opportunity for members and clarinet enthusiasts to network, learn, and experience the latest developments in clarinet playing. Our events serve not only as educational platforms but also as celebrations of clarinet artistry in its many forms.
We are excited to announce the
13th Clarinet Festival of the European Clarinet Association,
taking place in the picturesque city of Salerno, Italy.
Mark your calendars for October 30th to November 2nd, 2024, and join us for a magnificent celebration of music. This event will bring together world-renowned clarinetists, offer engaging workshops, and feature a phenomenal trade fair showcasing the finest clarinet makers, accessories, and sheet music from Europe and the world. Prepare for performances that promise to inspire and entertain all attendees.
Salerno, known for its rich history, stunning beauty, and the extraordinary “dolce vita”, provides the ideal backdrop for our festival. The events will unfold across historic venues such as the Giuseppe Martucci Conservatory, the Augusteo Theater, the Pasolini Theater, and the Fruscione Palace, each adding to the festival’s charm and appeal.
Under the artistic direction of Maestro Gaetano Falzarano, this festival is an event not to be missed.
Stay tuned for more details on registration and how to submit program proposals.
Lastly, Filipa Nunes and Nicolai Pfeffer wish to thank you for your patience as we work on updating our website and organizing many aspects behind the curtain to ensure an exceptional experience for all attendees. Your understanding and support are greatly appreciated as we put the finishing touches on making this festival truly special.
Mark your calendar and prepare for an unforgettable experience in the heart of Italy.
More information will be available on this page, soon. Stay tuned!
How can I apply for performing at this years' ECA festival in Salerno?You can apply for a performance by filling out the form below. Our artistic directorate will thoughtfully review each proposal. In our effort to ensure a harmonious schedule without overlapping events or performances at less favorable times, it may be that not all proposals can be accommodated. We appreciate your understanding and interest in participating in the festival. https://forms.wix.com/f/7166066978136785337
Who decides about the invitations to the festival in Salerno?The artistic direction, led by Maestro Gaetano Falzarano, exclusively decides on festival invitations. Submit program proposals via the specified form (available soon!) on this website by March 31, 2024. Invitations or rejections will be communicated by the end of April.
Are accompanists available?Yes, a limited number of festival pianists are available, provided the submitted program is confirmed by the artistic direction and complete sheet music is submitted with the application.
When will the exact festival program be finalized?The definitive program for the European Clarinet Congress 2024 will be established by mid of May.
How do I signal my willingness to offer a masterclass?Please use the form below to submit your application for holding a masterclass. Note that the artistic direction tends to favor fewer courses than in previous years to avoid scheduling parallel events or classes at inconvenient times. This approach ensures that all participants have the opportunity to engage with a larger audience. https://forms.wix.com/f/7168630546161991858
Where exactly will the festival take place?The festival will take place in the city center of Salerno, including venues like the Conservatorio Giuseppe Martucci (Conservatorio Giuseppe Martucci), il Teatro Augusteo, il Teatro Pasolini, and the Palazzo Fruscione. More detailed information will be provided shortly.
At what dates will the trade show be held?We welcome our exhibitors throughout the entire festival from October 30th to November 2nd. This segment is specifically dedicated to clarinet makers, producers of reeds, mouthpieces, and accessories. The trade show provides an excellent opportunity to showcase products, network with musicians and other exhibitors, and discover the latest developments in the world of clarinet music.
What are the travel options to Salerno?By Car: Driving to Salerno from Northern Europe typically involves routes through Switzerland or Austria into Italy, then taking the A1 motorway towards Naples, followed by the A3 towards Salerno. By Plane: Nearest international airports are Naples Airport (NAP) (Naples Airport) and Rome-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (Rome-Fiumicino Airport). From Naples, travel to Salerno by direct bus, train, or rental car. From Rome-Fiumicino, take a train to Rome's stations (Roma Termini or Tiburtina), then a high-speed train like Frecciarossa or Frecciargento to Salerno. The journey from Fiumicino to Salerno, including transfers, is around 3 hours. Please refer to the Trenitalia (Trenitalia) website. By Train: Trenitalia (Trenitalia) offers high-speed Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains from major Italian cities, providing direct and comfortable travel options to Salerno. For international travelers, consider connecting through major hubs like Rome or Naples. By Bus: Flixbus (Flixbus) provides budget-friendly and comfortable bus services from various European cities directly to Salerno.
How can I find affordable accommodation options?For accommodations, explore options on Airbnb (Airbnb) and Booking.com, offering a range of lodging from hotels to apartments. Ensure your search aligns with your stay dates for the festival.
How can I participate as a sponsor of the festival?We welcome any support. Please contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on sponsorship opportunities.
Do I need to be an ECA member to perform at the festival or to attend?No, ECA membership is not required. We don’t say no though. Our membership doesn’t cost much and strengthens our association. However, we may charge an admission fee for evening concerts, waived for sponsors and their employees.
Apart from the Clarinet Congress, what is there to discover in Salerno?Salerno, nestled on the spectacular Amalfi Coast, offers a unique blend of historical, cultural, and natural beauty, making it an enchanting destination for tourists. The city is rich in history, with landmarks such as the Salerno Cathedral, which houses the relics of St. Matthew, and the Arechi Castle, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area. The city’s historical center is a maze of narrow streets filled with traditional shops, cafes, and restaurants, where visitors can savor authentic Italian cuisine, especially seafood dishes that are a specialty of the region. For those interested in exploring beyond the city, Salerno serves as a perfect base for visiting the famous Amalfi Coast. Towns like Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello are easily accessible by bus or boat, offering breathtaking views, exquisite gardens, and vibrant architecture. The ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum are also within reach, providing a fascinating glimpse into the life of ancient Roman civilization. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its pristine landscapes, hiking trails, and the beautiful caves of Pertosa-Auletta. The weather in Salerno towards the end of October and beginning of November is generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F). While the days can be warm and pleasant, evenings tend to be cooler, making it advisable for visitors to pack layers. This period also marks the transition into the rainy season, so carrying an umbrella recommended. Salerno’s combination of historical sites, natural beauty, and delicious cuisine, along with its mild autumn weather, makes it a captivating destination for travelers seeking to immerse themselves in Italian culture and explore the wonders of the Amalfi Coast. For additional information about Salerno, including attractions and travel advice, please visit the city’s official website (City of Salerno) and the local tourist office (Salerno Tourist Information).
How can I become a member of the ECA?We are in the process of obtaining registered association status in Germany and setting up a bank account. Once these steps are completed, we will introduce a range of membership options available for you to choose from, right here on this page. Please keep an eye on our updates for further information!
What is my membership fee used for?We allocate membership fees to cover the essential operational costs of the association, including web hosting, email services, domain registration, website development packages, and compensation for graphic designers. These expenses are directly related to the practical work of the association. It is important to note that as a European non-profit organization, all our financial activities, including income and expenses, are meticulously overseen by our treasurer. Additionally, an independent reviewer annually examines the treasurer's report to ensure transparency and accountability.
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