Profile Chamber Music

The master's degree programme at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam prepares you for a varied professional practice in which you can function as a musician at the highest level. Against the background of this versatile professional practice, CvA's personal master profile or PMP gives you plenty of opportunity to give your studies a personal direction, and to create a tailor-made package of courses.

If you are accepted for your principal subject and admitted to a master profile, when you set out on your master’s study programme you will meet with a study advisor with whom you can discuss your personal profile; on this basis, working agreements are made for the courses you will follow and further facilities for your study.

A Personal Master Profile (PMP) can be given shape in many ways. In consultation with the head of your department, a wide range of well-reasoned choices can be made and set down in the plan of study, such as choosing to work with a historic  version of your instrument, improvisation, the romantic lieder repertoire, or a teaching profile, for example. If you choose, you may also focus your studies exclusively on your principal subject and instrument, without any further delineation.
The Conservatory has worked out several examples of specific content for your Personal Master Profile that you can choose to follow in your principal subject. These profiles are composed of a number of elective subjects and modules. Admission requirements apply for some of them. They can be followed separately, as part of your own individual PMP, but when taken in a particular combination and relationship, they lead to a specialisation in a specific field of study. The CvA offers the following specific profiles for this: Principal Instruments in Historical Perspective, Chamber Music, New Music, Orchestral Performance, Creative Performance Lab and Applications of Karnatic Rhythm to Contemporary Music. A limited number of places are available for such profiles and specific admission requirements may apply. In such cases, a supplementary audition or selection is part of the procedure. A supplementary audition or selection is sometimes held after you have been accepted and admitted, often before the summer (May/June) or in the first month of the new academic year (September). On this point, see the admission requirements for each profile.

If you have chosen a specific profile, this is shown by an addendum to your master’s degree stating all subjects and modules you have completed and the associated credits. If desired, on the basis of your approved plan of study and the study track you have completed, the CvA can append an additional statement about your personal master profile to your diploma (Master of Music) and to your diploma addendum. If you have any questions about this, please contact the student secretariat ( If necessary, they will refer you to the coordinator of the master profile, the study advisor or to one of the heads of programmes.

Master profile Chamber Music
The master profile Chamber Music prepares the student for a varied professional practice in a number of ensemble forms on national and international chamber music concert stages. The student learns to conceptualise and organise his or her own event. Ensembles participate in international competitions and festivals, which helps them to build up a portfolio and a network. Students also work on an individual basis to develop their instrumental and artistic skills.

Admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree in your principal subject and great affinity and experience with high-level performances of chamber music.

In addition to your instrumental principal subject, chamber music is the most important aspect of the course. Students must take the initiative to form ensembles. In your principal subject lessons, you will work on your instrumental and artistic development on the basis of solo repertoire. The choice of specialised chamber music teachers and the frequency of coaching are geared to the size and composition of the ensemble and the repertoire to be played. Theoretical subjects such as Analysis & Performance form an important aspect of the study programme.

The course in entrepreneurship extensively discusses business aspects of the professional field. These lessons are given by chamber music specialists, in cooperation with the Netherlands String Quartet Academy (NSQA). Students are expected to demonstrate an active and entrepreneurial attitude. The ensembles are required to organise their final exams at a location outside of the conservatory and to provide their own publicity as well.

A research project in the field of chamber music forms an important part of this profile.

* In order to enrol, you must have been admitted to the master’s degree programme in your principal subject (instrumental or vocal).
* CvA bachelor’s degree students who choose this profile must devote a significant portion of their bachelor's exam programme to chamber music from at least two different style periods, or they must do a supplementary audition in September.
* External candidates must include a significant amount of chamber music repertoire from at least two different style periods in their entrance exam programme for their principal subject, or they must do a supplementary audition in September.
* Candidates must have demonstrable skills in the field of chamber music and must show great affinity and experience with performing chamber music at a high level.

Principal subject: 50
Chamber music: 30
Research: 10
* mandatory: Building a Successful Professional Practice: 10
* other electives: 10 (recommended: Analysis & Performance)
Individual credits: 10