Welcome to ESTA-Ukraine!

The European String Teachers’ Association (ESTA) is a non-governmental organisation enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe. In 1972 a small group of eminent string teachers (Marianne Kroemer, Max Rostal and Yehudi Menuhin), founded ESTA to promote the highest standards in teaching and to enable the sharing of ideas among string teachers and players of all distinctions throughout Europe.
ESTA is an umbrella organisation made up of over 25 national branches involving some 5,000 individual teachers of violin, viola, cello and double bass.

The core aims of ESTA are:
• To promote the highest artistic and pedagogic standards in string teaching.
• To promote lifelong learning of string instruments.
• To encourage study and research into all phases of string teaching.
• To provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of ideas through conferences, workshops, printed material.
• To promote collaboration among its members and with other organisations.


The history of the Ukrainian branch begins in 2000, when the 28th International ESTA conference was held in the well-known Odessa Special Stolyarsky Music School. ESTA-Ukraine holds annual conferences, produces the “Kvinta” magazine and also provides access to the large music library to its members. Ukraine had seriously reminded about itself when during the 33d international ESTA conference honorary member Werner Schmitt presented the Stolyarsky String Quartet from Odessa, which performed quartets of Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Lilya Malichkina (Odessa) and also famous maltese composer Charles Camilleri, who personally had held a master-class with these young musicians (on his string quartet No2 “Silent Spaces”). The last conference of ESTA-Ukraine was held on the 10th of April 2010 in Kiev.