Join the Ukrainian National Anthem Cello Project
We are calling all 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, has made an arrangement that includes parts for cellists with a range of experience – even beginners can participate.
The great cellist and peacemaker Pau Casals once said,
“The cello is my only weapon.”
Let’s lift the voices of our cellos in a cry of solidarity with all who long for peace. #cellistsforpeace #celloforpeace
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Below are upcoming online events. Click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
Stéphane Tétreault: The Complete Bach Cello Suites – Free Online
Stéphane Tétreault, cello
Stéphane Tétreault is renowned as one of the world’s most passionate masters of the cello, garnering great praise from leading music critics, fellow musicians, and audiences alike. For this blockbuster concert, the virtuoso musician performs the complete Johann Sebastian Bach Cello Suites on his priceless 1707 “Countess of Stainlein, Ex-Paganini” Stradivarius cello. Bach’s instrumental output encompasses a wide spectrum, but none so intimate as his suites for unaccompanied cello. Technically demanding, the suites are among the most profound of classical music works. Directed by Huei Lin, we filmed this performance in the Salle Bourgie within Montréal’s musée des beaux-arts. Presented as part of the 2022 Baroque Fest.
Cecilia Concerts acknowledges support for Baroque Fest from the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and through the Canada Council for the Arts. We also thank Arts Nova Scotia and the city of Halifax. We recognize the support of the Province of Nova Scotia and are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism, and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians. Additionally, we would like to thank the Clearwater Seafood’s Clearwater Cares Program, the Craig Foundation, the Nova Scotia Health Community Health Board’s Wellness Fund, Westwood Developments, and our program partners the Halifax Central Library and Opera Atelier. Many thanks as well to our Major Sponsor Scotiabank, and Season Sponsor Jules Chamberlain/Red Door Realty. We are grateful for the gifts of the many individual donors who also support this initiative.
25 March 8 PM PDT
PPO RECITAL SERIES – GIANCARLO CASTRILLO GONZALES, cello
The Cultural Center of the Philippines
March 25, 2022 | 8:00 PM
Streamed every last Friday of the month, from November 2021 to June 2022
The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra (PPO) Recital Series, a monthly online performance of standard classical repertoire by selected members of the PPO. This series highlights the different instruments of the orchestra in a recital format. The filmed live performances at the CCP are individually streamed on the CCP and PPO Facebook pages. Aside from educating audiences on classical music appreciation, the series is envisioned to make the aural and visual experience of classical music more accessible to everyone through online platforms.
The fifth episode of this series showcases the cello and its wide variety of differing tone colors and means of expression. Our featured performer is Giancarlo Gonzales, Assistant Principal cellist of the PPO. He will display his technique in a solo performance of Svante Henryson’s “Black Run” from Colors in D – Suite for Solo Cello. With Mary Anne Espina on the piano, he will perform Claude Debussy’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor,” a piece that is considered technically demanding. Don’t miss this concert!
Online Programs and Events
8 March – 12 April 5:30 PM PDT
Imagine: Six Suites in Six Weeks!
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
DATES, TIMES, AND TOPICS
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 is turned away for lack of funds! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reduction of the fee.
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 using the discount code: cello.
26 March 2 PM EDT | 28 March 7:30 PM EDT | 11 April 8 PM EDT
In the Practice Room
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, 7:30-8:30pm
- Brannon Cho (International Soloist) Saturday, March 26, 2:00-3:00pm
- David Ying (Eastman School of Music) Monday, March 28, 7:30-8:30pm
- Lluis Claret (New England Conservatory) Monday, April 11, 8:00-9:00pmRegister for Free Today at: https://forms.gle/
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 EDT for 90 minutes on Syncspace, a unique platform dedicated to musical collaboration.Sessions are recorded and shared with those who can’t attend live rehearsalsEvery 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 what their level of expertise. Music will be tailored to your ability (Beginner, intermediate, advanced)
Body Mapping for Cellists!
This 6-hour course will explore the anatomy of movement as we play, particularly looking at balance, arm motion and breathing structures. Although presented from a cellist’s perspective, the material applies to all musicians and helps alleviate pain, avoid injury, and promote freer playing.
For more information and to reserve a place, please email email@example.com
Hi Cello Players! **Natalie Haas, Abby Newton, Jordan Hamilton, Joy Adams, and Liz Davis Maxfield are teaching CELLO workshops at Fiddle Hell Online, April 7-10, 2022. There are both new directions and traditional styles on cello, and also on fiddle and mandolin. Plus lots of jams and concerts. **Other instructors include Darol Anger, April Verch, Alasdair Fraser, Brittany Haas, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Kevin Burke, Jeremy Kittel, Katie McNally, Andy Reiner, Belen Escobedo, Rev. Robert Jones, Judy Hyman, and Matt Flinner.**The extensive schedule for FHO **is at www.fiddlehell.org, with free replays for 4 months! Early bird registration is open through March 23rd (with add’l discounts for older & younger players), and early birds are entered in a giveaway drawing that includes a fine inlaid fiddle.
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
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.
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
27-28 May 2022
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.
6-12 June 2022
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.
WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2022
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.
FRANTIŠEK BRIKCIUS – CELLO, CHAMBER MUSIC
ANNA BRIKCIUSOVÁ – CELLO
Book your One-to-One Cello OnLine Summer Course now (limited number of accepted students). It includes FINAL online performance meeting.
All ages (4-99), levels (Initial Grade, Grades 1-8) and abilities (beginner, student, advanced) are welcome!
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.