Featured Event: Prize Giveaway
To celebrate the new year and this month’s interview with The Wong Janice and her meditation and journaling course (see below), we have a prize drawing to give away one of our new notebooks and two stickers at the end of the month.
Click here and scroll down to enter for a chance to win. We will do the drawing on 31 January.
Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
21 January 7 PM PST
Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival – Isaac Pastor-Chermak (cello) Alison Lee (piano)
Next Digital Concert:
Friday, January 21,
7:00pm Pacific Time
Isaac Pastor-Chermak (cello)
Alison Lee (piano)
Music by Johannes Brahms:
Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
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Admission is “Pay-What-You-Can”!
22 January 10:30 PM EST
Sonorità Duo – Concert with Judy Lou (cello) and Christina Tong (piano)
This concert is being presented in the virtual format only. You will receive a link in order to watch the concert 10 minutes beforehand. We recommend wearing headphones or listening on a high quality speaker system. The virtual concert will last 45 minutes and is available to watch at anytime if you can’t join for the live premiere .This concert is being presented in high definition audio and video.
28 January 7:30 PM EST
Zoë Keating, Cello
Extraordinary Vermont-based cellist and composer Zoë Keating continues our cello celebration with a contemporary lens. A one-woman orchestra, she uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting, and compelling music. Keating has a devoted global audience and her self-released albums have reached No. 1 several times on the iTunes classical chart. She has composed music for ballet, theater, film and radio and lends her music regularly to film, TV, dance productions and commercials.
Streaming tickets: $15/5; 48-hour playback available
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Online Programs and Events
International Instrument-making Competition (Cello)
Musée de la musique/Philharmonie de Paris and Talents & Violon’celles
From 19 to 23 January 2022 at the Philharmonie de Paris
In January 2022, in partnership with the association Talents & Violon’celles, the Musée de la musique/ Philharmonie de Paris is organising an international instrument-making competition exclusively dedicated to the cello. Programmed at the same time as the 10th String Quartet Biennial, this event follows in the tradition of the many international instrument-making competitions that Paris has hosted.
Promoting contemporary excellence and developing future talents
Open to professionals as well as to students of instrument-making schools, the Talent Makers Instrument-making Competition is composed of two different parts organised in parallel:
Jury and Prizes
A jury composed of eminent musicians and personalities from the world of instrument-making will judge the craftsmanship of the participants as expressed by the instruments themselves and how they sound. Six prizes will be awarded to professionals, and three prizes will be awarded to students with one instrument joining the collection of facsimiles at the Musée de la musique. The finals and semi-finals will be organised as a real rendezvous with the public of the 10th String Quartet Biennial.
Opening date for submissions: now opened
Closing date for submissions: Monday 29 november 2021
Competition rules and Submission of applications avalable soon
For more information, click here.
2 February 2022 (31 December 2021 application deadline)
Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition 2022
of the competition is the Gustav Mahler Institute Prague (Institut Gustava Mahlera Praha) in cooperation with the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava (Filharmonie G. Mahlera Jihlava).The mission and goal of the competitionis to deepen the interest and motivation of young talented violoncellists to interpret mutual understanding, interpretative confrontation, inspiration and love for music. The personality of the genius conductor and musical composer Gustav Mahler, who lived in Jihlava for the first 15 years of his life and inspired and enriched so much, reminds him of his noble ideas about the mission of music and is a permanent inspiration source and model for young musicians from all over the world.
20 January 11:30 AM EST and 9 PM EST
Cello and Mindfulness combines the powerful vibrations of the cello with breath-work, mindfulness practices and is founded on community building.
With the world feeling a little crazier than normal these days, it’s now more important than ever to find time to breathe & ground in the present. Join me for a short respite from your daily stressors, and connect with a virtual community of fellow human beings.
What you can expect:
- -Breath work
- -Mindfulness practices
- -Live cello performance
- -Small group share
- -Expressive arts (writing, drawing, music, etc)
Cello & Mindfulness classes will be held on Zoom.
Please wear comfortable clothing — it is recommended to listen with headphones or good speakers to take full advantage of the vibrations of the cello.
21 January 7:30 PM EST
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Musical Heritage: Pablo Casals
The great Catalan cellist Pablo Casals (1876–1973) stands alone as arguably the most influential and universally revered instrumentalist of all time. He was first cellist in history to recognize Bach’s “Six Solo Suites” as great music, and the first to record them. This was only one of the musical milestones of this extraordinary man, who not only dominated cello playing for more than half a century, but also served as an uncompromising and indisputable voice of social conscience.
Tickets: Free; 48-hour playback available
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22 January, 5 March, 21 May, 22 October, 3 December 2022 | 6:00 PM–8:15 PM GMT
All About My Bow – Cellist Catherine Black
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
5 February 10:20AM – 12 PM EST
GFW Workshop – Viola/Cello The’C’String club with Emma Tomlinson
Tunes for Violas and Cellos – Learn how to adapt tunes to fit your instrument, how to accompany, as well as tips on finding tunes that work well for instruments with a C string.
12 February, 9 April, 25 June, 17 September, 10 December
Online Timeline Series – Cellist Catherine Black
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 do 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.
Fee: £25 per class
Spike Cello Fest present an interactive workshop on Indian music for stringed instruments with world-renowned cellist Saskia Rao-de Haas
About this event
An Introduction to Indian Music for String Instruments
Suitable for all intermediate level string players
Saskia Rao-de Haas is a world-renowned virtuoso cellist, composer, and educationalist from the Netherlands. She was trained as a Western cellist from a young age onwards, but changed direction when she came in touch with Indian music in 1993. She is known as a master performer of Indian classical music and is hailed as the creator of a new instrument: the Indian cello.
Join Saskia for these a workshop designed for the Spike festival where you will discover a few Indian embellishments, glides and intonation, the melodic concept of raga and the rhythmic concept of Tala.
Registration is €25.
9 May – 4 June
Queen Elisabeth Competition (Cello)
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 originally planned for May 2021, but is 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.
27-28 May 2022 (1 February 2022 application deadline)
2022 Washington International Competition for Strings
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 app.getacceptd.com/wic.
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.
Trad Cello – Tunes and Techniques with 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!
Enter a drawing for a year of free lessons via video exchange with cellist Mike Block. Click here to enter.
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.