The Moscow Chamber Music Academy (MCMA)
The Moscow Chamber Music Academy is a groundbreaking chamber ensemble formation. It is a unique experimental symbiosis of valuable local traditions and recent European trends in instrumental performance.
The ensemble members are graduates from Russian and other top international music academies. The famous Russian School, which was and is still regarded a benchmark for classical accomplishment, has endorsed them with their seal of quality. At the same time, they are sensitive to the demands of European modernity: the elimination of performance clichés in the musical text; the investigation of the author’s initial intention; the meticulous analysis of the scores; restoration of stylistic quality; and the maximal reconstruction of the original.
The new century – the age of borderless speed, information and space – offers the musician unprecedented opportunities, and in return poses big challenges. Today, a musician’s virtuosity has come to be expected. The level of the audience’s stylistic and emotional sophistication has grown to such a degree that they rather value comprehension of the aesthetic context, delicacy, freshness and authenticity in a musical interpretation than outward flamboyancy and superficial vivification. Every era has its own aroma, its fine individual language, and its own gamut. Cautious precision work necessary for the creation and the observation of this acoustic colour is a worldwide practice in musical performance. Today it is obvious that by painting baroque music with the ripe colourful strokes of the Russian Romanticism it will be deprived the substantial element: the airiness and the precious fragility of the breading; by arbitrarily changing phrases of articulation in classical works due to the musician’s technical convenience – as it was common practice 50 or 60 years ago – often the musical statements of composers like Mozart are completely devoid of their initial meaning, namely absolute laconism and perfection.
The second feature of the MCMA is the flexibility in the number of performers, with a focus on rare, larger chamber music line ups that not often are heard in concert programmes. It is a challenge to arrange such an ensemble, concerning both, organizational effort and conceptual work.
The MCMA’s core is a string quartet which forms an accomplished and fully universal unit. However, after having realised a series of quartet programmes (by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Debussy) the musicians go one step further, enriching their repertoire with less common works. Meanwhile their string quintets, sextets and octets are elaborated on a level that enables the musicians to play with total creative freedom and musical attunement, truly meeting quality requirements of a quartet.
The repertoire of the MCMA includes chamber music from the XVIII-XX centuries: Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, Grieg, Elgar, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich a.o.
The ensemble performs concerts in Russia as well as internationally such as in Germany, Norway and Great Britain. The MCMA celebrated successes in concert halls such as the London Wigmore Hall (December 2012) and the Berlin Philarmony (June 2013). In 2012 their first CD with works by Mendelssohn and Grieg was released in Germany. In same year their album with the Piano Concertos by Chopin in the version for piano and string quartet saw the light of day.