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Online Cello Events – 11 March

Online Performances

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

12 March 7 PM EST

Benefit Concert for Ukraine

Harmony for Healing Benefit Concert for Ukraine

As part of Harmony for Healing, several students from the Juilliard School alongside those of the Perlman Music Program will be producing a virtual concert on March 12 at 7 PM EST — to be live-streamed on the Harmony for Healing YouTube channel.

The funds raised through the benefit concert will go towards United Help Ukraine – a fully volunteer-based organization providing medical aid and support to Ukrainians.

“Harmony for Healing is endeavoring to raise money to fund the shipment of medical supplies and humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine,” the organization wrote on their donations page. “With your help, we hope to achieve our goal of raising $10,000, and help the world heal through harmony.”

To donate, click here.

Watch the concert here.

13 March 3 PM GMT

Bach Suites 1-3 – Gary Hoffman, celloGary Hoffman Cello Bach Suites 1-3

Bach’s six solo cello suites remain not only one of the summits of the repertoire for the instrument but have won an equally legendary status among the entire classical repertoire as a whole: music historian Wilfrid Mellers described them as ‘monophonic music wherein a man has created a dance of God.’ Thought to date from Bach’s period as Kapellmeister in Köthen, they are generally dated to the years 1717-20. Unpublished until 1824, the suites only really became well known due to the advocacy of Pablo Casals, who first encountered them in 1889 and who studied and performed them in the early 20th Century: it was he who first recorded them in the late 1930s.

£5 tickets for Under 35s available. Login to book. £5 tickets for Under 35s supported by Media Partner Classic FM

This concert will be approximately 1 hour in duration, without an interval

Tickets £16 GBP concessions £14 GBP – Login to your Wigmore Hall account to access discounted ticket prices. Ticket bookings are subject to a £4 booking fee. This fee covers the whole booking and is not per ticket.

This concert will be live streamed on the Wigmore Hall website in HD. The video will be available on demand for 90 days after the date of the broadcast. Watch live here.

18 March 7:30 PM EST

New England Conservatory Recital: Jonathan Swensen ’23 AD, Cello

Online Cello Events – 25 February

Photo: Malte Bülow Petersen

Jonathan Swensen ’23 AD studies Cello with Laurence Lesser and is the recipient of a scholarship made possible by the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship Fund.

Bent Sørensen: Farewell Fantasia
Bach, 3rd cellosuite in c major
Schnittke Cellosonata no. 1
Kapustin Elegie and Burlesque
Brahms Cellosonata no. 1 in e minor

Find the link to the free Livestream here.

Online Programs and Events

8 March – 12 April 5:30 PM PST

Imagine: Six Suites in Six Weeks!

Online Cello Events – 11 February

Listening doesn’t have to be a spectator sport: learn how to be an active listener!

Join us for six hour-long sessions to explore Bach’s beloved cello suites. Discover how six esteemed artists approach this iconic music.

Our featured artists are some of the most admired cellists in the SF area and beyond, and come from a wide range of styles and backgrounds. This series will illuminate each cello suite and invite online participants to experience Bach’s masterworks in a casual and intimate environment of music and conversation.

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Amateur Music Network, in partnership with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Continuing Education Division, presents a series of interactive listening sessions.

To learn more about the workshop, visit the Workshop Information Page.


Online participants will also be able to be part of the conversation, adding questions and comments.

$100 for six sessions, $20 for single sessions


Tuesday, March 8, 2022, | 5:30 p.m. Pacific Suite no. 1 – Oliver Herbert

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, | 5:30 p.m. Pacific Suite no. 5 – Robert Howard

Tuesday, March 22, 2022, | 5:30 p.m. Pacific Suite no. 2 – Jean-Michel Fontaneau

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, | 5:30 p.m. Pacific Suite no. 6 – William Skeen

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, | 5:30 p.m. Pacific Suite no. 4 – Bonnie Hampton

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, | 5:30 p.m. Pacific Suite no. 3 – Stephen Harrison

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No one has turned away for lack of funds! Contact to request a reduction of the fee.

12-13 March (Registration Closes 11 March)

Massachusetts Suzuki Festival 2022 – Online

Massachusetts Suzuki Festival 2022

The Massachusetts Suzuki Festival is a two-day annual event for Suzuki students, parents, and teachers from across the state and worldwide. Participants enjoy masterclasses, Suzuki group classes, enrichment classes, performances and much more for Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar and Piano.

Click here for general information.

Click here to register.

12 March 2 PM EST

CelloChat: Blaise Déjardin – Audition Day: Orchestral Excerpts and Audition Preparation

Cello Chat 12 March

Strasbourg-born cellist Blaise Déjardin was appointed principal cello of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons in spring 2018, having joined the BSO’s cello section in 2008. He is the 14th principal cello in the history of the orchestra.

Watch on YouTube.

14, 28 March 7:30 PM EST | 26 March 2 PM EST | 11 April 8 PM EST

In the Practice Room

Online Cello Events – 25 February

We are thrilled to invite your students to join us for Stetson Cello Studio’s “In the Practice Room” series!
This is a collection of four virtual workshops for ALL MUSICIANS.  Discussions will explore everything practicing from inspiration and mindset to goals and time management.
Please join us and invite your students to participate in any or all of the following sessions with outstanding guest artists:
  • Yeesun Kim (New England Conservatory) Monday, March 14, 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Brannon Cho (International Soloist) Saturday, March 26, 2:00-3:00 pm
  • David Ying (Eastman School of Music) Monday, March 28, 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Lluis Claret (New England Conservatory) Monday, April 11, 8:00-9:00 pm
Register for Free Today at:

19 March

In the Night We Shall Go In

Online Cello Events – 3 March

Join SING THE NORTH to sing IN THE NIGHT WE SHALL GO IN by Canadian-Latvian composer Imant Raminsh.

This project is sung by STN – our founding SING THE NORTH choir.

In the Night We Shall Go In is a beautiful piece for SSAATBB chorus and string ensemble to a poem by Pablo Neruda.

Singers on our project will take weekly full-choir rehearsals and sectionals (all rehearsals recorded to watch at your leisure).

The project will also feature a live interview with Imant Raminsh, a live chat with violinists Cristina Zacharias and Julia Wedman, plus a Field Trip on the STN Virtual Tour Bus to the Okanagan, land of lakes and sunshine, and one of Canada’s main wine-producing regions.

All are welcome to join us to sing this beautiful and powerful setting of one of Pablo Neruda‘s most hopeful and uplifting poems.

Singers from around the world can join the choir and sing this beautiful work. Cellists – although the cello solo is already taken for this performance, there’s no reason you can’t learn the solo on your own . . .

Discount info: The Director, Dr. Kathryn Whitney, has generously offered our Cello Museum readers a 10% discount on this STN project. Take advantage of this opportunity to be part of “In the Night We Shall Go In” by Imant Raminsh featuring cellist Keiran Campbell by using the discount code: cello.

Register here.  Read this week’s Cello Museum article with cellist Keiran Campbell here.

Saturdays beginning 19 March 2 PM EST (7 March early application deadline)

Chill Cats Cello Ensemble

Online Cello Events – 25 February

Chill Cats Cello Ensemble is an international, multi-level community of cello players dedicated to playing music of all genres arranged for cello in a fun and supportive community environment.
Members meet every Saturday at 2 pm EST for 90 minutes on Syncspace, a unique platform dedicated to musical collaboration.
Sessions are recorded and shared with those who can’t attend live rehearsals.
Every 12 weeks, members will present their work through video recordings that will be professionally mixed and presented as a virtual concert.
Members will have opportunities to explore improvisation and play solos if they choose.
All cello players are invited to join, no matter their expertise level.  Music will be tailored to your ability (Beginner, intermediate, advanced)

9 April, 25 June, 17 September, 10 December

Online Timeline Series – Cellist Catherine Black

Cello Courses

We all want to be as rounded a musician as possible, and that’s a pretty big ask. We all have our preferences, and the groups & orchestras we play in take us down certain paths which enrich and educate us, but sometimes we find a hole in our knowledge!

The Online Time Line Series has really found a place in your lives. Join us to learn more about a remarkable piece of music, its composer, an era, its style that may otherwise have passed you by. Musical architecture, polyphony, phrasing, the place of music in society are all a part of this quest for a better understanding and roundedness.

We will play, discuss & explore from your – the player’s point of view – a particular piece of music from the wide library of Unsung Heroes Cello Ensemble scores. These now range from Josquin and John Taverner (1490–1545), through to Tchaikovsky & Elgar and far into the twentieth century.

Though there are some restrictions online, we can all play using the mute button, though not as a group. This is an exciting opportunity for players to have the chance to play as many parts as they wish as we play together.

You may want to bring a notebook, too, and I send out further notes to help you continue the development after the class. I see this as a massive opportunity for us to do detailed work that really moves you on, because we have these apparent restrictions.

Just a thought: you may think a particular composer, (say Josquin, for instance) isn’t for you. Don’t rule things out too easily as all these people, whose music I want to share with you, have so much light to shine for us. As cellists, there is so much music we miss because we have so much already written for us. This is an opportunity that I personally have loved developing.

Your score is sent to you on booking your place, and there are 15 places per class, so we keep the lesson small, detailed and personal.

Do look at all the parts if you can, so you get under the skin of the music.

Venue: Zoom

Fee: £25 per class

9 May – 4 June

Queen Elisabeth Competition (Cello)

Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week – 24 September

Five years after the huge success of the very first Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition, we will hold a new session for cellists. The second cello competition will take place from 9 May to 4 June 2022. This session was initially planned for May 2021 but was postponed for a year due to the postponement of the piano competition.

Cellists interested in participating can now consult the requested repertoire, the entry conditions and read more information about the competition rounds in the rules of the 2022 cello session.

Online application: opens in November 2021
Application deadline: Wednesday 8 December 2021 12:00 (noon) GMT
Age limit: In order not to disadvantage the young musicians preparing for this second edition, the age limit for candidates is raised by one year. Hence, candidates are aged at least 18 and have not yet reached the age of 31 (instead of 30) on 31 December 2021 (i.e., they must be born after 31 December 1990 and before 1 January 2004).

The applications will be done entirely online, through the ‘APPLY’ section of our website.

If you have questions after having read the rules, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail at application[a]queenelisabethcompetition. be.

21 May, 22 October, 3 December 2022 | 6:00 PM–8:15 PM GMT

All About My Bow – Cellist Catherine Black

All About My Bow

Our bow is our voice. We want it to breathe, speak, dance, sing and emote. This is an infinite subject, but we do need to start somewhere! I feel we learn best with clear explanation, demonstration, focus, and experimentation.

We will explore in varied ways, how our bow use can become increasingly natural to us – to become truly, an extension of your arm and hand. In going slowly and in detail, you will more truly find your own voice and feel able to express yourself more fully and authentically as a cellist & musician.

This series will build your understanding in stages. Some classes may be repeated too.

The instrument we play is large and physical and we need to know how to use energy well and understand movement because sound follows the movement.

I will send you materials for the class ahead of the day, and then afterwards, I will send documents that help you consolidate and develop our work. The groups will be small enough that we will be able to work individually too to check things are understood.

Venue: Zoom (waiting room opens at 5.45 PM for tuning)

Fee: £30 per class

Click here to register and get more information.

27-28 May 2022

2022 Washington International Competition for Strings

Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week – 10 September

We hope you will join the FMMC Foundation for the 2022 Washington International Competition for Violin, Viola, and Cello! In its 69th year, the WIC provides renowned jurors offering individual advice and feedback to all semifinalists. See below for important deadlines, details, and more.

To apply, visit

Dates and Information

  • Application Open: September 15, 2021
  • Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
  • Semifinalists Notified: March 1, 2022

Semifinals take place in-person at George Washington University in Washington, DC, on both Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Finals take place in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2022, at 2 PM.

For more details and prize information, visit the FMMC website.

6-12 June 2022

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute

Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute

The Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute (TBSI) is a world-renowned training program in Toronto for advanced students and professional musicians in instrumental and vocal baroque performance practice, led by some of the finest musicians in the field. Since its inception in 2002, TBSI has attracted talented musicians from far and wide.

Following the success of the virtual 2021 TBSI (with 80 participants from 5 continents), and given the ongoing uncertainties around COVID, the 2022 TBSI will once again be held virtually. The program will include daily masterclasses, workshops, lectures, and concerts, exploring the rich repertoire of the baroque, and the performance practices of then and now.

Cello Faculty: Keiran Campbell. Read an interview with him here.

Click here to apply.

1-7 August 2022


Online Cello Events – 11 February

The 4th WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2022 in London invites you to the CELLO ACADEMY Online Summer Cello Master Classes via Zoom / Skype.

Individual Online Cello Lessons will take place daily from Monday 1st August till Sunday 7th August 2022 @ cca 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (cca 55 minutes slots), online via Zoom or Skype.



Book your One-to-One Cello OnLine Summer Course now (limited number of accepted students). It includes the FINAL online performance meeting.

All ages (4-99), levels (Initial Grade, Grades 1-8), and abilities (beginner, student, advanced) are welcome!

For more details, follow #WFCF22 @WalhamForestCelloFest, book your course and visit


Trad Cello – Tunes and Techniques with Natalie Haas

Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week – 23 April

Natalie Haas

Let Natalie Haas teach you some tricks of the trade as well as some great melodies!

Natalie is one of the most sought-after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound.

In this series, she will teach some bowing techniques when accompanying melody players before moving on to chords and arranging, finishing with some melodies that sit well on the cello.

Although this series is aimed at the cellist, many of the skills and techniques will sit as comfortably on any string instrument.

Click here to learn about membership options.

Win a Year of Free Lessons!

Online Concert and Event Listings of the Week – 5 March


Enter a drawing for a year of free lessons via video exchange with cellist Mike Block. Click here to enter.

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.


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