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Curator’s Corner: April 2022

April at the Cello Museum

What’s happening this month at the Cello Museum? Find out here.

April at the Cello Museum

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s April and we’ve got a very busy month!

Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project

Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project CM 2 (600 × 400 px) (1)

Over the last couple of weeks, we put out a call for cellists to record themselves playing the Ukrainian national anthem to show our moral support of Ukraine. It is a beautiful piece, and our newest team member, Gill Tennant, who is spearheading this project, made an arrangement that included parts for cellists with a range of experience so even beginners could participate.

Registration is now closed for new entries. Please stay tuned for information about the premiere of the video. We encourage you to read the story of Ukrainian cellist, Vlad Primakov, and donate to a charity supporting those affected as you are able. Thank you.

An Interview with Amit Peled – His New Album: Solus et Una and More

Amit Peled Solus et Una

This month we hear from the wonderful cellist, teacher, and conductor, Amit Peled about his recent premiere of the new concerto for cello and choir written for him, Houses of Peace, his album Solus et Una (available at the end of April 2022), the fourth edition of his First Hour Online Course starting 9 April, and the Mount Vernon Virtuosi Community House – his dream of an immersive, residential, community music project.

Professor Peled has kindly donated a copy of his new album for a giveaway this month. More details to follow with the interview.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Frances White

Frances White

Frances White

Every month we celebrate women making history through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of April 2022, we shine a spotlight on the composer of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music, Frances White. In particular, we’ll focus on her “Like the lily” for viola, cello, and electronic sound.

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

An Interview with Cellist and Mime Valérie Aimard about Her Monumental Project: Only Cello

Valérie Aimard

Valérie Aimard

Only Cello involves much more than just the cello. Cellist Valérie Aimard‘s enormous project recording over five hours of unaccompanied cello pieces is complete this month with the project’s 65th installment. We hear from her about this monumental undertaking, Cello Kids (her teaching series), what it is like being a mime as well as a phenomenal cellist – and more!

Postcards from Erica – Unaccompanied Cello Works by Black Composers Series

Postcards from Erica

This month, Erica Lessie is sending us her third installment in her new series of postcards featuring unaccompanied cello works by Black composers. Check out her previous postcards here.

Are you interested in having your piece featured in this or a future series? Please get in touch with us – we’d be happy to hear from you.

Enter Our Beethoven Giveaway

Beethoven Giveaway Prizes

There is still time to enter for a chance to win a copy of Jennifer Kloetzel and Robert Koenig’s Beethoven: The Conquering Hero – Complete Works for Cello & Piano.

The winner will receive the 3-CD album and a Beethoven Cello tote bag. Two runners-up will each get a Beethoven cello sticker. The random prize drawings will be held on 7 April. Only one entry per person, please. Good luck!



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