Here’s your weekly dose of cello news.
Cellist Plays on Violin Boat
Artist Livio De Marchi built Noah’s violin (like Noah’s ark, but more musical) in partnership with the Venice Development Consortium as a tribute to those who have lost their lives in the pandemic.
The Independent video focused on the unnamed cellist playing on Noah’s violin. (But why such a reputable news source refers to the Prelude from Bach Suite No. 1 as a “song” is a bit of a mystery.)
Click here to see photos and watch another video of the event in the Daily Mail.
English cellist Yalda Davis began her quest to play in over 500 medieval churches in the county of Suffolk in 2017 and has nearly reached her goal. This project is raising funds for Suffolk Historic Churches Trust, the Churches Conservation Trust, and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
“It’s been an amazing journey. When I started out, I thought there might be 100 to 200 of these historic churches, but there are more than 500, and I have played in some smaller chapels as well.”
This has also been a personal quest for Davis. She explained:
“I was inspired after I played for a friend’s funeral, in Bury St Edmunds, and there was something special about the experience. It was the start of a new relationship with my cello . . . I had always struggled with it and was nervous when I played. I felt I wasn’t nervous in any way there . . . I also just wanted to see inside all the churches. I really like playing in smaller village churches – my favourite is Thornham Parva.”
Donate to her fundraising efforts for the three charities here.
Listen to one of her performances here:
Rostropovich Family Museum to open in Russia
A new museum dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, the Rostropovich Family Museum, is scheduled to open in Orenburg, Russia, to coincide with what would have been his 95th birthday. This will be the first museum dedicated to him in Russia. Other sites are in Azerbaijan, Germany, and the USA.
Violin Channel Interview with Cellist Mike Block, Global Musician Workshop Director
The Violin Channel interviewed cellist Mike Block about the Global Musician Workshop, which he directs and which is hosted in partnership with the New England Conservatory and the Silkroad Ensemble.
“Our mission is to foster a community of global-minded musicians for the 21st century and to support the development of the artistic voice of each participant.”
Performances will be online, and Block told The Violin Channel:
“We hope to inspire our audiences to find joy and meaning in the whole world of music, building on the idea that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.”
Cellist Frederick Zlotkin Retires from New York City Ballet
Principal cellist of the New York City Ballet, Frederick Zlotkin, has retired after nearly half a century.
We congratulate him on his retirement.
Janet Horvath Features Cello Music by Women Composers
Cellist and author Janet Horvath published a great article featuring works by Nadia Boulanger, Dame Ethyl Smyth, Mel (Mélanie) Hélène Bonis, and Henriëtte Bosmans.
“Accomplished women composers of yesteryear wrote music that was highly regarded by both their male peers and the listening public in their day. These composers, who struggled for recognition, their works neglected for decades, deserve the accolades and attention they are beginning to receive from performers and audiences. I’d like to feature a few of my favorites!”
Read Horvath’s article here. We’re looking forward to Part II.
Business Leader Sheila Johnson Started the Cello During the Pandemic
Inspirational billionaire business leader and Virginia hotelier Sheila Johnson talked about taking up the cello during the pandemic in an interview in Food & Wine. In addition to her business accomplishments, Johnson has been a concert violinist, too.
Asked why she decided to start the cello, she said:
“the cello is even more natural [than playing the violin], and I love the way it sounds. I love the low tones. I just feel very natural embracing the cello. You know, you can give your cello a big hug without it falling on the ground. It’s a terrific instrument.”
Another of our favorite quotes from the interview is:
“Diversity is a moral obligation.”
We wish Johnson all the best in everything, particularly in her cello playing.
Podcasts / Broadcasts
The Strad Podcast Episode #7: Cellist Hannah Roberts on Studies and Etudes
Cellist Hannah Roberts and editor (and cellist) Davina Shum discuss studies and etudes in playing and teaching. Including an excerpt of a live recording of the Frank Bridge Sonata with pianist Simon Parkin.
Hannah is the principal cellist of Manchester Camerata and serves on the teaching faculty of Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Academy of Music.
RNZ Upbeat – Cellist Ashley Brown: Crouching Tiger, Solo Cellist
Host David Morriss and cellist Ashley Brown
discuss the quality of music in conjuring images, the hazards of playing a centuries-old instrument, and in a nod to all pun-lovers, Ashley’s latest collaboration and album, LimonCello.
Ashely Brown is the cellist and founder of the NZTrio and has an upcoming solo performance of the Crouching Tiger Concerto.
Music included in this show:
Tan DUN: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon theme. Performed by Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai National Orchestra, Shanghai Percussion Ensemble.
Claire COWAN: Subtle Dances. Performed by NZTrio.
David SELFE: LimonCello. Performed by Ashley Brown (cello), David Selfe (piano).
RNZ Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan – The Cello with Heleen du Plessis
Host Jesse Mulligan talks about the cello with cellist Heleen du Plessis, who teaches at Otago University.
ABC Classic Lunchtime Concert – ASO: Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D
Listen to this live recording of a concert by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nathan Aspinall with cellist Simon Cobcroft. Here is the program:
Buckskin and Goldsmith: Pudnanthi Padninthi
Haydn: Cello Concerto in D
Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat Op. 38
Cellist Matt Magerkurth – Amends
Release date: 25 June 2021
Get the album here.
Here is one of the tracks:
Lung – Come Clean Right Now
Release date: Expected 20 August 2021.
Kate Wakefield – vocals, cello
Daisy Caplan – drums
Paige Beller – vocals on “Wave”
Prague Cello Quartet – Everything’s Alright by Andrew Lloyd Webber
arr. Petr Wajsar
Yoon Kyung Cho “CelloDeck” – Chopin Nocturne Op. 9, No.2
Cellist Thomas Prechal (16) and Pianist Natasja Douma – Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso
Alexey Shor’s Cello Concerto in F Performed by Claudio Bohórquez
Cellist Julie Reimann and Pianist Ellyses Kuan – Oyfn Pripetchik
arr. by Joachim Johow
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