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Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week – 5 March

Here’s your weekly dose of cello news.

Cello News

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason Auctions off Private Concert for Music Masters Charity

Love cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason? Want your own private concert played by him? Consider bidding on the Music Masters auction that benefits music education.

Kanneh-Mason is auctioning off a private concert (30-minutes) and a chat for the winning bidder and up to 9 guests.

Bid here. The auction ends on Wednesday, 10 March at 12 PM GMT.

Here is more information about the Music Masters charity:

We are leading the way in changing the story of music education. A registered charity founded by Victoria Robey OBE and Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky in 2008, we have spent years pioneering an award-winning approach to music education, making it accessible to all. And when we say all – we mean all. Every single child should have the opportunity to experience the extraordinary power of music in their lives, no matter their background.

By championing diversity and inclusion in music education, we challenge what is possible and provide excellence for everyone.

Congratulations to All of the Winners of the 3rd Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition 2021

Congratulations to the grand prize and overall winner, Simon David Eberle of Germany! Here is one of his winning performances:

See the full list of winners here. Congratulations to all of the winners – and thank you to all of their teachers!

Master of Social Media, Cellist Stjepan Hauser Collaborates with Visit Maldives

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 5 March

Cellist Stjepan Hauser has been invited by Visit Maldives to collaborate on a video project to showcase the natural beauty of the destination. Look for new cello videos from this beautiful location.

Johnny Lenz Playing Again

John Lenz playing cello with a sheriff's face mask on

Last week we covered the story of Douglas County, Nevada, Sheriff’s Sergeant, and cellist in the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Johnny Lenz, who was shot in the line of duty before Christmas last year. He has made a full recovery and is participated in a concert last weekend for the first time since the shooting.

Click here to watch an interview with him.

There’s Still Time to Enter the Contest

Rain Worthington Title contest

Composer Rain Worthington has a new composition for unaccompanied cello, and it needs a title. We thought it might be fun for one of our Cello Museum family members to help her name the piece, so we are making the process into a contest.

Click here to enter and learn more.


A Sicilian Traveller- Cellist Alessio Pianelli

Cellist Pianelli is releasing his debut album, A Sicilian Traveller, later this month.

Pianelli said of this album:

“I investigated the richness of Sicily’s culture through the music of other composers who have explored – some more explicitly than others – that central aspect in the tradition of art music. Sicilian culture is like a mosaic in which each tile represents one of the many civilisations that have traversed the island over the centuries. Each tile maintains it’s original identity while contributing to a collective design that is greater than the sum of it’s parts.”

New Album by Cellist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer Dom La Nena: Tempo


The multi-talented, Brazilian-born and Paris-based, Dom La Nena has released a new album. Here is one of the tracks:

Books by Cellists

I Had No Idea You Were Black by Cellist Ronald Crutcher

Dr. Ronald Crutcher has released his new book: I Had No Idea You Were Black.

Watch the virtual book launch last month:

Cellist Kadeem Leslie, a Senior at Seton Hall University Publishes Book Helping Fellow Students

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 5 March

Kadeem Leslie, a senior at Seton Hall University, also a cellist, cello instructor, and entrepreneur, has published a book to help fellow students: The Full Student. When asked what inspired him to write the book, he said:

“What students achieve and continue to achieve during this time will always be a testament to why I invest so much time in high school and college students – their future is worth the investment and I put my money on young people every time.”

The book is available to pre-order now and will be released on 18 March in honor of his mother who passed away in 2010 from cancer.


Cellists Ben Sollee and Cecelia Wright on Eastern Standard Hosted by Tom Martin – WEKU

Tom Martin talks to cellist Ben Sollee about life as a Covid-19 “long hauler” and cellist Cecelia Wright about her debut album: Another Human. The cello portion of the show starts at 22:38.

Listen to the show here.

Mayo-Based Cellist to Perform at Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Event in the USA

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 5 March

Patrick Dexter continues to make the news for his online performances at his home in beautiful Mayo, Ireland. He will be performing online as part of the virtual St. Patrick’s Day celebration organized by the Irish Embassy in the USA.

The schedule is still TBA, but we will keep you posted as we get news. Dexter hopes that President Joe Biden, who has family roots in Mayo, will take part in the festivities.


Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott Play the Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)


Camille Thomas Plays Bach in the Louvre

Beautiful playing, beautiful music, beautiful museum – terrible cuts in the Bach. Still, we found it worth watching.

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