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Cellos in the News: Concert and Event Listings of the Week – 9 October

Looking for an online concert or event to attend? Here are a few we found. Performances listed first, followed by workshops, masterclasses, festivals, and other events.

Online Performances

Below are upcoming, online events. Be sure to click on the original source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.

For even more concert listings, here’s a Classic FM concert round-up.


8 October, Available through 13 October

Emanuel Ax and Yo-Yo Ma Talk with Alex Ross and Perform LiveCellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 OctoberClick here for more information and the live recording.

Click here to purchase tickets.


10 October 7 PM CDT

Virtual Discovery Concert: Ifetayo Ali-Landing

Ifetayo Ali-Landing

Join the Harriman-Jewell Series as we introduce cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing to Kansas City via live stream video in a free Discovery Concert performed at Kansas City’s 1900 Building without an in-person audience. Ifetayo Ali-Landing started out as a violinist, but at the ripe age of four she decided to switch to cello. Ali-Landing’s already astounding career at 18 has proven she made the right decision.

Click here for more information.


11 October – Noon IST

Sundays@Noon Online – Annette Cleary, cello and Réamonn Keary, piano

Cellist Annette Cleary and pianist Réamonn Keary

Cellist Annette Cleary and pianist Réamonn Keary present a programme of specially arranged romantic pieces featuring Sonate by French female composer Mel Bonis, written in 1904 as well as works by Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and R Strauss.


  • R. Strauss: Albumblatt and Andante Op. 3 No. 1 arr. R. Keary and A.Cleary
  • Mel Bonis: Sonate
  • S. Rachmaninov: Before my Window Op 26 No 10,
  • In the Silence of the Night Op 4 No 3,
  • My Lovely Maiden Sing No More Op 4 No 4,
  • How Fair this Spot Op 21 No 7,
  • Spring Torrents Op 14 No 11.

All the songs arranged by A Cleary and R. Keary.


11 October – 3 PM EDT

Virtual CelloBello Gala 2020Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 October

Featured artists: Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Alisa Weilerstein, and Pieter Wispelwey, followed by a real-time Q&A with some of the artists!

General Admission: $100

Sponsorship Opportunities Available.


11 October – 3 PM EDT

Online “Pillow Concert” with Cellist Matt Haimovitz – by Suzuki Music Schools, Westport, CTCellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 October

Renowned as a musical pioneer, Haimovitz is praised by The New York Times as a “ferociously talented cellist who brings his megawatt sound and uncommon expressive gifts to a vast variety of styles” and by The New Yorker as “remarkable virtuoso” who “never turns in a predictable performance.”

Free performance, open to the public, but tickets must be reserved.

Register here.


11 October – 4 PM EDT 

Sautee Nacoochee Center Cannon Classical Music Series – Abraxas Duo – Evan Kahn and Robert Howard, cellistsCellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 October

The Abraxas Duo braves the highest highs and deepest depths of the cello duo repertoire. Named after “The God Abraxas” from Hermann Hesse’s Demian – a being that symbolizes the interdependence of good and evil – the Abraxas Duo delivers devilish technique and heavenly tones at every outing. After receiving great acclaim for their Bay Area performances of John Zorn’s “Ouroboros” for two cellos and optional drumset, the duo has been concertizing up and down the California coast, and will begin touring nationally this coming season.

Tickets: $20, and allow the ticket holder access to the online concert from 4 PM through midnight the day of the concert.

Purchase tickets here.


11 October – 4 – 5:30 PM MDT

A Love Letter To El Paso- Zuill Bailey

Zuill Bailey

Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey will perform a series of Bach concertos at historic landmarks in the city. The first virtual one, Oct. 11, is on the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Church of St. Clement, one of the oldest churches in the Southwest, and where Tom Lea attended.

Co-sponsored by El Paso Pro-Musica.

Free, but you need to register to receive the link to watch online.


11 October – 4 PM PDT

Gold Coast virtual concert: Bach Inspired – Jennifer Kloetzel

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 October

Jennifer Kloetzel

Founding member of the Cypress Quartet, a graduate of The Juilliard School and a Fulbright Scholar, cellist Jennifer Kloetzel has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, as a soloist and chamber musician. Jennifer will perform Bach’s popular first cello suite, paired with a world premiere by composer Elena Ruehr called Cricket the Fiddler. Elena will be on hand to share how Bach’s first suite inspired her composition and Jennifer promises additional surprises, all inspired by Bach!

Concerts are live-streamed via YouTube LIVE. The performance is available up to one week starting from the concert date and can be viewed anywhere in the world that YouTube is available.

Tickets: $20

Purchase online at


15 October – 7:30 PM PDT – Zoom Webinar Concert and Q&A

Beethoven and the Cello – University of Nevada, Reno

For the first virtual performance of our 10th Season, we join the worldwide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary while focusing on the three periods of his artistic life as seen through the prism of works for cello and piano. The Seven Variations on Mozart’s Magic Flute show the young Beethoven’s direct relationship with his compositional predecessor. The Third Cello Sonata, written just after the immortal Fifth Symphony, showcases the master’s “Heroic” Period, as well as the coming-of-age of the idiom. Lastly, the most unusual Fourth Sonata, ushering in the experimental Late Period, provides both a look into Beethoven’s own historical research and his intricate way forward. Join us for the brief exploration of the works, their performance, followed by a Q&A with Apex artistic directors.


7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe Fühlen”, WoO46 (1801)

Sonata for Piano and Cello in A Major, Op. 69 (1808)

Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 102 No.1 (1815)


  • Dmitri Atapine, cello
  • Hyeyeon Park, piano

Free event, but registration required.

Find more information and register here.


16 October 2020 – 6 PM IST

Belfast Music Society Northern Lights Mini-Fest – Kim Vaughan (cello) and Philip Higham (cello)

This special recital features Kim as a soloist and duo musician. It was conceived during lockdown and recorded at St Mary’s School, a specialist music school in Edinburgh where Kim also teaches. She is joined by her partner, Philip Higham, principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a notable soloist in his own right.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

Get more information and tickets here.


17 October – 1 PM BST

Bach + with Richard Harwood, cellist – Online from All Saint’s Church, Tudeley

  • Bach – Cello Suite No.1 in C, BWV.1007
  • Turnage – Milo
  • Elias – Piece
  • Reger – Cello Suite No.1 in G, Op.131c


17 October – 8 PM EEST – Video Available Online until 17 November

Alexandros Giovanos and Nicolas Prevezianos Perform the Work of Iannis Xenakis – with Cellist Nicholas Prevezianos

The Greek National Opera will be presented one of the most famous and most impressive works by Iannis Xenakis for solo percussion, Psappha (Sappho), along with the work for solo cello Kottos. The work will be performed by soloists Alexandros Giovanos (percussion) and Nicolas Prevezianos (cello), at the Athens Conservatoire on October 17th, and streamed online. It will be available to view online until November 17th.

Click here for more information.


17 October – 8 PM BST (available to view online for 48hrs)

Petworth Festival – Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 October

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (photo: Jake Turney) and Isata Kanneh-Mason (photo: Robin Clewley)

An unmissable evening in the company of members of the extraordinary Kanneh- Mason family. Cellist Sheku shot to worldwide fame when performing at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but well before this breakthrough he had proved himself to be a remarkable interpreter of the cello repertoire and advocate for classical music. For this Petworth Festival recital he is joined by another of his equally remarkable siblings – pianist Isata – in a concert that showcases a wide range of repertoire for the cello and piano, including the mighty Rachmaninov sonata.


  • Beethoven – Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1
  • Bridge – Mélodie for Cello and Piano in C sharp minor, H. 99
  • Rachmaninov – Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19

Tickets: £4.99 GBP

Other Cello Events: Online Festivals, Masterclasses, and Courses

Below are upcoming, online events. Be sure to click on the original source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.


17 October 1-3:30 PM EDT

Virtual Cello Masterclass with Paul Watkins

This masterclass is part of the ‘Young Artist Series’ of Forte New York Chamber Music Series.

Students from Juilliard/ Manhattan Preparatory College/Peabody Institute of Music will be performing at this event.

Tickets $10

Click here for more information and tickets.


17 October – 2 PM PDT

Early Music Experts Share Tips for Idiomatic Playing on Modern Instruments: At Home with William Skeen

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 9 October

Cellist William Skeen

The workshop will focus on the bowing. According the Skeen, “Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite can teach us everything we need to know about early 18th-century bowing and articulation.” Using this great work as a template, Skeen will guide participants through his techniques for shaping bass lines using either a Baroque or modern (Tourte-style) bow.

Cellists must register in order to participate, and

each registrant will need their instrument and a computer or other device that is connected to the internet. Registered participants will receive a link and instructions about how to join the online session.

Get more information and register here.


23 October – 1 November

CelloBello Audition Preparation Workshop

Whether you are a high school student planning ahead for upcoming undergraduate auditions, a seasoned teacher looking to help prepare your students, or a parent seeking audition guidance for their child, this workshop is designed to give you tools to demystify the conservatory and music school audition process and to help you play a fantastic audition for the school of your dreams.

Different levels of participation available.

Get more information and the link to sign up here.


5-8 November – Register NOW

Fiddle Hell Online – Fiddle Workshops, Concerts, and Jams for Cellists (and fiddle, mandolin, guitar, old-time banjo, voice, and more)

Fiddle Hell Festival

Ever wanted to learn how to play fiddle music on the cello? Want to learn how to jam with fiddlers? This is a great opportunity. Those who like to listen rather than play can register to attend the concerts and jams.

There are four different levels of difficulty:

Fiddle Hell Online workshops and jams are intended for beginners, low and high intermediates, and advanced players. Please understand that Fiddle Hell Online workshops are not oriented to novices who are new to their main instrument and can’t play any tunes yet. Of course, even if you’re a newbie, you can still listen to concerts and jams, or sit in on an online workshop.

Price: $150, discounts for kids, young adults, and seniors

Click here to register.

Click here for more information, including the schedule, the list of instructors, tune lists, and more.


5 December 2020 – 16 January 2021 – Register NOW

First Hour Online Journey with Amit Peled

We highly recommend this is a seven-week course with international soloist and pedagogue Amit Peled. We will be featuring this course in an article next month. This course is for students, teachers, and advanced amateurs. Feeling stuck in your playing? This course is for you.

Learn and master the unique cello emoji language, Peled’s scale system and how to wisely practice your first hour of the day in the most beneficial way!

Q&A for 15 minutes at the end of each session.

Fee: $440, discount available to current and former Peabody Institute students, and former First Hour and Amit Peled Online Cello Academy students

Click here to register and learn more.

Your Turn

Let us know about your favorite online events and concerts in the comments below. Have an event or concert you’d like listed? Please get in touch.