Please note that this is our last listing of 2021. We will return after the holidays for more listings in 2022. We wish you all a very happy holiday season and a very happy International Cello Day!
Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
18 December 1 PM EST
Bridget O’Leary and Friends: A Holiday Concert 2021
Join Bridget O’Leary and cellist Lauren Dunseath, mezzo-soprano Erica Jackson, and saxophonist Nicolas Lira for an hour of holiday music.
About this event
Join us for a live stream concert of holiday music! Featuring original arrangements as well as classical and contemporary holiday music, you will not want to miss this celebration of the holidays. Three spectacular musicians join Bridget as they bring you an hour of music right to your living room.
Online Programs and Events
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.
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:
-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.
For more information and to register, click here.
15 January 2 PM GMT
Opening the Practice Toolbox
Do you feel you are spending a lot of time practicing with little result?
Are you stuck learning a particular piece or passage?
Can you “sort of“ play – or sing – your repertoire, you feel that there is more to be discovered and want to know what to do next?
Don’t wait until you are frustrated and ready to start a bonfire with your music –join this 2-hour online workshop instead!
Suitable for all musicians who work from sheet music.
Saturday, once monthly 11.00-13.00* Online platform: Zoom
Dates: 18 September, 16 October, 20 November, 11 December
Introduction and presentation of general methods – the three stages of practice 10-15 mins
Individual sessions masterclass style (active participants) 15 – 20 mins each
Q&A 15 mins
Prices: Active participant** £15 Passive participant £ 5
*A minimum of three active participants is necessary to run the workshop. If no more than three sign up, the workshop will only run for approximately 1.5 hours.
**Active participants: Please be prepared to perform a piece or part of a piece, ca 2 mins in length (or shorter), and send me a scan of the sheet music – with bar numbers marked in – prior to the workshop, so I can share it with the group.
My name is Gisela Meyer and I am a pianist, accompanist and soprano with cello as side subject. As accompanist I have coached many musicians in preparation for exams and recitals. I have been teaching ensembles at the City Lit since 2011, first as tutor of the Music Foundation Course and since 2015, as tutor for Chamber Music. I have been working with singers and a variety of instrumentalists over many years and perform regularly in concerts and at functions.
Read more and have a listen here: giselameyer.me.uk
In this interactive Zoom workshop cellists and educators will learn valuable tools and experiments they can use to play the cello and teach students how to play with more Focus, Flexibility and Freedom.
A recorded replay will be available for those who cannot attend in person. Please reach out to let me know you need a replay!
As always, CelloYoga™️ Workshops are free for CelloYoga members. If you are a member, login details will be posted inside the Private Facebook masterclass group.
The topics we will explore in this workshop come directly from questions asked by cellists…
How to Create a Plan To Combat Nerves and Anxiety Before a Concert So That You can Perform at Your Best or Help Your Students.
How to Strengthen and Protect the Muscles Involved in Playing the Cello (No experience necessary…suitable for seniors)
An introduction to Using the Circle of Fifths to Start Improvising so that you can play with more Freedom!
Images below represent the testimony of cellists who have attended past workshops and members of the CelloYoga community. For more reviews and testimony please visit www.cellogo.com
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.