Please, see below the different activities that ESTA Porto Conference 2020 will be receiving. Please note that this list is still being updated.

The detailed provisional programme can be accessed here


Cécile Broché (ESTA France)
Rythm: how to develop the sense of rythm, to feel it, to hear it, to express it, before integrating it in our playing – a tool to solve rythm problems

Claudio Forcada (ESTA UK)
Paul Rolland’s String Pedagogy: Teaching the Basics

Davide Monti (Italy)
Horses and Fencing: a musical action

Esther den Boer (ESTA Netherlands)
Body Awareness during violin playing

Heidi Mantere (ESTA Finland, President)
Pilates Strings Instructor

Laura Folch
Helping students create their own arrangements

Pedro de Ancantara (ESTA France)
Your Hands are Intelligent and Creative

Simon Cartledge
Getting It In To the Muscle

Sophie Till (UK)
Playing the Silence – Creating the Magic

Stieneke Poot (Netherlands)
Gypsy Music for violinists from day 1 till year 5



Adriano Aguiar
The double bass as a soloist instrument in the second half of the nineteenth century in Lisbon: Historical and analytical perspective, critical edition.

Ana Zão
String musicians’ health problems: bridges between clinical research, teaching and instrumental practice.

Antonina Zharava (ESTA France)
CELLO KIDS: I-technology for Teaching

Baris Kerem Bahar (Portugal)
The importance of Mozart and Haydn in gaining the identity of Viola as a solo instrument

Claudio Forcada (ESTA UK)
String methods and pedagogies: Assumptions, perceptions and reality

Davide Monti (ESTA Italy)
I love mistakes

Evelyn Osborne (China)
Folk It! What can we learn from the “musical village”?

Gabriela Drasarova (ESTA Italy)
O. Śevčík , On the application of the method and its legacy

Hazel Veitch (ESTA Portugal)
What is Invicta Viola?

Ines Ana Tomić (Croatia)
The most important aspects in work with violin beginners

Jan & Wim Van Weyenberg (ESTA Belgium Flanders)
String teaching helped by computer technology. (CAST: Computer Aided String Teaching).

Kateryna Zavalko (ESTA Ukraine)
Developing a sense of rhythm by novice violinists

Maria José Fueyo Muniz (ESTA Portugal)
Original Viola Repertoire in 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Application in viola teaching

Niina Murdvee (ESTA Estonia)
How to use the knowledge of neurosciences in string teaching

Paula Hernández Dionis (ESTA Portugal)
Going from violoncello to contrabass: study, composition and design of a new method of music learning

Peter Dejans (ESTA Belgium)
The Orfeus Instituut: promoting the highest quality research into music

Praskovia Tanikova (ESTA Portugal)
Professional preparation of the violinist for the orchestral activity

Ramil Ildarovich Sadriev (ESTA-Tatarstan)
Expansion of the pedagogical viola repertoire through the study of national composers schools and the creation of transcriptions taking into account the peculiarities of the original source

Ruth Jakobi (European Music Council)
European Music Council – and what we do to improve music life in Europe!

Simon Jones (UK)
It’s what Bach would have wanted!

Teresia Nyman (ESTA Sweden)
Time patterns between musculoskeletal symptoms and work scheduling among professional violinists and violist.


Demonstration of pedagogical approach

Ana Rita Gonçalves Mendes (ESTA Portugal)
Fiddle Time Party Homage to the Blackwells series of books

Paula Colas
Technique can be fun

Volodja Balzalorsky (ESTA Slovenia – The President)
“Developing of Vibrato” – important element of sound production and its complete integration with the bow technique into Music Interpretation.



Heng-Ching Fang (UK)
Joseph Joachim’s Performing Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century


Research Paper Presentation

Ana Catarina Lopes Pinto, Sofia Lourenço; Paulo Ferreira-Lopes (ESTA Portugal)

Gonçalo Melo (Portugal)
Synchronization in group music – Action-research project with the violin section from a student symphony orchestra

Kristian Kolman (ESTA Slovenia)
The activity-oriented blended learning of violin and viola with multimedia

Maria Rosa Pampillo Retana (Portugal)
Show, don’t tell: Artivism and social transformation around the fiddle in Galicia

Maurici Dalmau de la Torre (Spain)
International Minifiddlers, the Finnish-Catalan Case

Oksana Solovieva
Teaching Violin to Higher Level Students: The Analogy and Benefits of a Vocal Approach



An improvised journey in the XVI – XVIII centuries

Hazel Veitch (ESTA Portugal)
Invicta Viola

Matosinhos Quartet (ESTA Portugal)