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Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week – 17 July

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New Best-Seller – The Cellist by Daniel Silva

This week’s biggest cello story was the release of Daniel Silva’s latest book, The Cellist, this past Tuesday, 13 July 2021. We have been waiting for its release since we heard about it in February. This week Silva has given many interviews about the book and its connection to events on 6 January 2021. Here is one of his appearances.

You can read our review here.

Cellist Aaron Sinclair and the Impact that Music Has on the Environment

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 17 July

This week The Strad featured an article about cellist Aaron Sinclair, his quest to reduce his carbon footprint and make a plea for others to do the same.

He discusses how performances and the distribution of music affect the environment. He starts with the following questions:

How much carbon do I produce when I travel?

Are there practical lifestyle changes I can make to reduce my carbon footprint?

Did you know that music streaming is a source of carbon emissions? He tells us that:

“A 2016 report by the University of Glasgow found that in the US alone we produced over 385,000 tons of carbon from music streaming. And that’s not including the enormous water footprint. Water is required to cool down and generate power to the data centers that house these streaming platforms. In 2018, the top ten songs on Spotify used 459 Olympic-size swimming pools of water.”

He also discusses cello strings and bows. He said:

As a cellist, the old spruce tree I carry around and play every day inspires me to find ways to offset my own carbon footprint.”

Calculate your carbon footprint here:

Water Music

Cellist Gerry Kelly played his cello in full concert attire on the River Lee in Cork, Ireland. He is backing the Save Cork City campaign to save the city’s historic quays.

Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax Present a Concert and Conversation at Greenagers Fundraiser

Always generous of heart and spirit, Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax helped raise funds for Greenagers, an organization that “provides employment and volunteer opportunities for teens and young adults in the fields of conservation, sustainable farming, and environmental leadership.”

Despite the stormy night, Ma and Ax had a very engaged audience for their performance and conversation.

Greenagers said Ma and Ax volunteered to present a benefit evening of music after becoming familiar with the work of Greenagers in the past year. Ma . . . praised Greenagers’ emphasis on preservation and environmental stewardship: “You try to make sure that a place like the Berkshires is going to be a great place 100 years from now.”

The cellist added that working with your “head, heart, and hands is possibly the best way to actually live fully and experience our world.”


Hauser Released Several Videos This Week – Here are Two

(What did we do before we had carbon fiber cellos?)

Ember Trio – “Bad Habits” by Ed Sheeran: Violin and Cello Cover

Khari Mateen – “Boss Man”

Vesislava Todorova – “POV” by Ariane Grande: Cello Cover

Kaitlin Findlay – Hero’s Return – DanMachi Season 3 OST: Cello Cover

The Singing Cello – “Don’t That Road Look Rough and Rocky”

BerlinClassics – Beethoven: “Adelaide” (for Cello & Piano) – Eckart Runge and Jacques Ammon

Servais Society – 6 Etudes: No. 1

Viviane Spanoghe, cello – Luc Devos, piano

Duo Amie – Arensky 4 Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 56

(Julie Reimann, cello & Ellyses Kuan, piano)

2020/2021 George Enescu Competition’s Cello Final was recorded at Romanian Athenaeum Hall (Bucharest, Romania), on May 15, 2021.

George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicolas Altstaedt – Conductor

  • Dvořák Concerto in b minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104 – Stefan Cazacu (Romania)
  • Elgar Concerto in e minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 85 – Sebastian Fritsch (Germany)
  • Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 107 – Jaemin Han (South Korea).

Jaemin Han, who entered the Competition aged 14, won the 1st prize. He is the youngest winner in the history of the Enescu Competition. Sebastian Fritsch, 25, came second and the third prize went to Stefan Cazacu, 27.

For more information visit

The Cello Corner – Students of Heather Tuach: “Latin Nites” from Cello Time Sprinters

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