Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
12 December 7 PM EST
New Lens: Kaitlyn Raitz
Kaitlyn Raitz’s debut solo album “Me, Myself, Myself, and I” was born out of her time in isolation during the pandemic. Struggling to find inspiration and purpose amidst a world with no live music or collaboration, she set a goal of composing and releasing one cello ensemble composition a month. She’ll perform the album live with cellists Lillian Pettitt, Alan Ohkubo, Cecilia Huerta-Lauf, and Zachary Brown.
The event will stream live on this Facebook page.
12 December 3 PM CST
Riley Beranek in Recital
The program will be posted closer to the performance.
14 December 15:00 GMT
Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil with Patrick Dexter
With his highly-anticipated debut album Solace scheduled for release next year, you can enjoy this talent this Christmas with an exclusive performance of popular Irish carol, ‘Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil’ (‘That Night In Bethlehem’).
15 December 7:45 PM CET
Christmas Concert with Gautier Capuçon
Preconcert 7:45PM CET. – Préconcert 19:45 CET.
In Partnership with the Lausanne Conservatory – En Parternariat avec le Conservatoire de Lausanne
Clara Schlotz (17), cello – violoncelle
Program/Programme : Paganini Variations Moses
Victoria Türler (10) , cello – violoncelle
Program/Programme : Thaïs meditation of Massenet
Accompaniement : Enrico Camponovo
Concert 8PM CET – Concert 20:00 CET
Gautier Capuçon, cello – violoncelle
Jeein You, cello – violoncelle
Samuel Parent, piano
Franz Schubert : Sonata for cello and piano “Arpeggione” / Jeein You & Samuel Parent
Johannes Brahms : Sonata for cello and piano in e minor / Gautier Capuçon and Samuel Parent
Jean-Baptiste Barriere : Sonata for two cellos in G Major / Jeein You & Gautier Capuçon
Niccolo Paganini : Variations on a Theme of Rossini for 2 Cellos / Jeein Cello and Gautier Cello
Tickets are €7.
15 December 7:30 PM EST
Early Music Wednesdays: Bach Cello Suites
Alex Klein, Oboe
Elena Smith, Baroque Cello
Shirley Hunt, Baroque Cello
Jesse Lu, Base
Playing select movements from Bach’s Cello Suites I, II, III, and VI.
Registration is free. Donations are accepted.
15 December 8 PM EST
Mirak concert 15 December: Homage to Hovhaness – Cellist Christina Gullans
The Armenian Cultural Foundation and co-sponsor Amaras Arts Alliance are presenting “Senza Misura: An Homage to Alan Hovhaness,” the classical composer who grew up in Arlington (1911-2000).
Cellist Christina Gullans joins the Armenian Cultural Foundation to host Senza Misura (“Without Measure”), a chamber music concert dedicated to Alan Hovhaness’ life and narratives. The program of duos and trios, for violin, cello and piano, is inspired by mountains, Bach, Hindu mythology, love and Hovhaness’ own Armenian heritage as well as works by Armenian women composers.
The concert will offer listeners a cross-cultural experience about foreign traditions, people and places, in a musical setting endowed with empathy and understanding.
Watch on YouTube.
16 December 14:00 – 15:00 EST
Online Cello & Organ Recital by Svyati Duo, St Cyprian’s Church, London
Svyati Duo – with Rebecca Hepplewhite on the cello & Julian Collings on the organ – was formed in 2009 and has established a reputation as one of the world’s finest organ-plus ensembles, pursuing a busy concert diary throughout the UK and overseas. The duo takes its name from Julian and Rebecca’s first collaboration as conductor and cellist in a performance of Sir John Tavener’s masterpiece ‘Svyati’ for solo cello and choir. Tavener subsequently became the duo’s Patron the following year and remained so until his death in 2013.
Tickets £0 – £8.
16 December 8 PM GMT
Wigmore Hall – Centenary of Saint-Saëns’s Death – Steven Isserlis, cello; Connie Shih, piano
This concert will be live streamed on this website in HD. The video will be available on demand after the date of the broadcast. Watch live here
The cellist has championed many composers over his illustrious career, notably the multi-talented Camille Saint-Saëns, the centenary of whose death at the age of 86 is commemorated in a programme in which his works are complemented by those of his friends and associates, presenting a picture of musical France during his extended lifetime.
Click here to learn about donating to the Wigmore Hall Digital Broadcast Fund.
Online Programs and Events
11 December, 6 – 8:15 PM GMT
Online Time Line Series
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 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 you 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.
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.
Click here for more information.
15 December 2-3 PM EST
From Tension To Ease – Enjoy Playing Your Cello for Longer
Tension To Ease: How to go from tense shoulders and aching hands after 10 minutes of cello playing, to playing comfortably and freely for over 30 minutes.
This one-hour online workshop will take you through a simple step-by-step process that has helped many cellists improve their playing and feel more confident.
The ticket price is a steal at just £20. Why? I want to you have immediate (and a lifetime) of pain-free, beautiful, and FUN cello playing.
To make sure you get the best input form the workshop there is a limit of 10 places.
20 December 1 PM EST
Steven Isserlis on the Bach Cello Suites
Johann Sebastian Bach’s six Cello Suites are among the most beloved and renowned works of classical music. They have been transcribed for 19 different instruments and have appeared in ballet, theatre and film. But for almost two hundred years after they were composed they were largely unknown, until the 13-year-old Catalan cello prodigy Pablo Casals stumbled upon them in a second-hand music shop, fell in love with them and ultimately introduced them to the world. Since then they have acquired a magical aura which continues to attract and fascinate audiences. One could almost say that if the cello were to write music for itself, it would be the Bach Cello Suites. No other work for solo cello is as broadly expressive, as widely varied, or as native to the instrument itself as Bach’s Suites. Through what are on the surface simple dance suites, Bach takes us on a spiritual journey like no other, leading us from joy to tragedy, concluding in jubilation, even triumph.
On Monday December 20, award-winning international cellist Steven Isserlis comes to Intelligence Squared to take us deep into that emotional journey, bringing to bear all his many years’ experience of performing the Suites. Drawing on the themes of his new book The Bach Cello Suites: A Companion, he will offer his own very personal observations of the music, illustrating his points with his own performance of the works.
Whether you are a casual listener or a seasoned expert, don’t miss this exceptional evening of music and conversation.
Registration is £9.99.
21 December 2021 (application deadline 15 December 2021)
Online International Clara Schumann Competition
The International Clara Schumann Competition 2021 is an online music competition which aims to fully challenge the virtuosity and artistic excellence of performers for piano, strings, voice and chamber music of all nationalities and countries.
Through this online music competition, we hope to provide an opportunity for developing musicians worldwide to perform in a formal, challenging yet supportive atmosphere. The goal is to provide young musicians a forum to challenge themselves musically, and to share their music. Winners also have the opportunity to be featured in our online concert, and social media.
27-31 December 2021 (application deadline 10 December midnight)
ICI Winter Sessions – 2021 Virtual Edition
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world.
ring in the new year with the ICI Cello Community!
This year our theme will be The Mindful Cellist.
Learn how to practice in ways that will make a tangible difference to your playing.
Topics will include subdivision, music and the brain, how to listen effectively, and mind over matter when it comes to performance anxiety.
Once again we will be diving into workshops and cello chats such as: being comfortable and natural when sitting at the cello, thoughtful bow planning & breathing, shifting with ease, and cultivating a beautiful vibrato.
Whether you have played the cello for a year or for decades, this five-day session is a wonderful opportunity to explore the nuts and bolts of cello playing in an encouraging and supportive environment.
Application is 100% free. No audition is required to take part in the five days of presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and group warm-ups. If you are interested in applying to perform in a masterclass, your video must be submitted by December 10
To perform in a masterclass with one of our distinguished guest artists, you must submit an audition tape. If you wish to sign up for private lessons with one of our core faculty members, there is an additional charge per lesson.
The cost for the ICI Winter Session is $150.
Need a scholarship? Ask for one!
If you can, pay for someone else’s tuition…. pay it forward!
Cellists of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us!
Study with Cello Guru Marcie Brown during this free five-day masterclass series. Participants must register to reserve a spot.
19-23 January (29 November application deadline)
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.
9 May – 4 June 2022 (application deadline 8 December 2021)
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.
Cellists and teaching colleagues gather to explore the advanced and intermediate repertoire, history, and technique of the cello. It is an online, international weekly gather taught by Wendy Warner, Jonathan Kramer, and Lisa Liske.
11 December – Khari Joyner
Visit The Cello Camerata website for registration and tuition information.
11 December 11-noon EDT
The Junior Cello Camerata
The Junior Cello Camerata offers intermediate cellists of all ages (including adult amateurs) masterclass lessons, or the opportunity to observe rather than perform solos, as well as a twenty-minute weekly technique class for all with cellos in hand. It is an online, international weekly gather taught by Wendy Warner, Jonathan Kramer, and Lisa Liske.
Teachers may observe for free. All others may audit for one week for free before registering for a four-week session. Visit The Cello Camerata website for registration and tuition information. Scholarships are available.
Face-to-face and videoconference classes: Approach to Latin American popular music with the cello
Harmony, Cipher, Chords, Arpeggios, Scales and Fingering Patterns
Rhythmic Harmonic Base
(+54 9 11) 5150-3805
Cello Yoga with Mea the Creative Cellist
Journaling With Cello For Grounding & Positivity
Welcome to this 8-day course on Insight Timer, which focuses on journaling with cello for grounding and positivity. Over the course of seven days, The Wong Janice will take you through seven different themes, each with its own unique writing prompts and with the beautiful sounds of deep cello music, designed to inspire you to write freely with full awareness from your heart while harnessing the power of journaling for healing.
The themes covered are:
By the end of the course, you will have covered seven journaling exercises, and with daily practice, learn to express yourself better and understand who you are at a higher level, bringing more stability in your life, and feeling more grounded and calm from within.
For more information on this and other courses by The Wong Janice, click here.
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.
Previous Concerts Still Available
8 December (Available through 14 December)
Tri-County Concerts – Gabriel Martins, cello with So-Mang Jeagal, piano
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.