Cello Book Club Meeting
Sunday, 7 November
6:30 PM Berlin / 12:30 PM NY / 9:30 AM LA
Meet this mother-son author-illustrator team who created The Enchanted Cello Case. Sign up for our Cello Book Club to receive the Zoom information. It’s free!
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Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
6 November 7:30 PM EDT
Live at Timucua: Nick Photinos
Four-time Grammy Award-winner Nick Photinos is one of the most innovative cellists of our time, collaborating with artists including Björk, Wilco, Bryce Dessner, and Philip Glass.
Join him as he performs Petits Artéfacts–a collection of recent short works running the gamut from intimate to silly to profound–for cello and electronics by Florida composers Alex Burtzos and Mark Snyder as well as Nathalie Joachim, Leanna Primiani, Ted Hearne, Monty Adkins, Susanna Hancock, and Florent Ghys.
Livestream tickets are $5.
12 November 12:30 PM EST
The Don Wright Faculty of Music Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series – Petya Stavreva, piano, and Amahl Arulanandam, cello
Please join us live online as we continue our proud tradition of sharing music with the community.
The Don Wright Faculty of Music Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series continues with “Britten and Brahms Cello Sonatas”, featuring alumna Petya Stravreva (sic), piano, and Amahl Arulanandam, cello, performing celebrated works of the classical cello canon from Britten (Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 65) and Brahms (Sonata for Cello and Piano no. 2, op. 99).
To access this event and to view the planned schedule of all upcoming livestream events visit https://music.uwo.ca/events/livestream.
The program features works by Britten and Brahms. View the full program here.
14 November (recording available one week following the performance)
Concordia Chamber Players
We will be offering online access to our concerts this season. Through our digital format last year, we were able to reach many new friends across the country, so if you can’t make it, or feel uncomfortable attending live concerts, you will be able to enjoy the performances on our website.
A password will be emailed to digital subscribers to gain access prior to the first concert broadcast. Concerts will air one week after the live event and will remain on our website throughout the season. Online access to the concerts will be available at no extra cost to all in-person ticket holders.
November 14, 2021
Trinity Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA
Suite for cello and harp | Lou Harrison
Trio for violin, cello and harp | Henriette Renié
Trio for violin, cello and harp | Jacques Ibert
Click here for ticket information.
Online Programs and Events
Audition Preparation Workshop
CelloBello is thrilled to announce the return of the Audition Preparation Workshop (Nov. 1st to Nov. 14th)!
Drawing on their vast experiences as soloists, chamber musicians, and world-renowned teachers, this two-week intensive features master classes, private lessons, and panel discussions centered around helping young students prepare for their upcoming undergraduate auditions. Our workshop faculty include:
- Astrid Schween (The Juilliard School)
- Edward Arron (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
- Julia Lichten (Manhattan School of Music)
- Laurence Lesser (New England Conservatory)
- Norman Fischer (Shepherd School of Music at Rice University)
- Paul Katz (New England Conservatory)
- Seth Parker Woods (University of Buffalo and the Kaufman Music Center in New York City)
- Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music)
Whether you are a high school student planning ahead for upcoming undergraduate auditions, a seasoned teacher looking to help prepare your students, or a parent seeking audition guidance for their child, this workshop is designed to give you tools to demystify the conservatory and music school audition process and to help you play a fantastic audition for the school of your dreams.
Tuition is $500 after acceptance. Click here for more information.
Fiddle Hell Online
To keep us safe, we reimagined Fiddle Hell as an online festival and music camp in November, 2020. It was an exciting new way for our music community to reconnect during the pandemic. 35 concerts, 35 jams and 165 workshops were all live, with video replays for the next 3 months. Although we missed seeing our musical friends face-to-face, and jamming with them in the hallways, we had front-row seats for every virtual session, and were joined by new attendees and instructors from around the world!
We had such a good time that we ran a second Fiddle Hell Online on April 15-18, 2021!
And now Fiddle Hell Online is happening for the third time on November 4-7, 2021! We have many new instructors and almost all new sessions. The November FHO will have 175 live workshops to learn from, 35 live concerts to enjoy, and 35 live jam sessions to join on Zoom, for fiddle, mandolin, cello, guitar, old-time banjo, & singing. Other instruments and listeners are welcome, too. All sessions can be replayed (and slowed down) for the next FOUR months (until March 8, 2022). Fiddle Hell instructors — experienced & supportive teachers, and wonderful & inspiring players — will cover Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Cape Breton, East European, Electric, Irish, Jazz, Jazz Manouche, Klezmer, Latin, Mexican, New Acoustic, New England, Old-Time Southern, Québécois, Scottish, Swedish, and Swing styles.
Registration is $144 for adults, $130 for seniors (65+), and students (up to 25) with discounts for additional family members.
13 November and 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.
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15 November 1 PM EDT
The Flexible Text
Official and unofficial versions of the Schumann Cello Concerto in the 19th century
About this event
It is now well-established in the historical performance community that music written before 1800 was meant to be treated flexibly in performance, with plenty of scope for improvisation, as well as more structured but unnotated traditions. 19th-century musicians, meanwhile, are in the odd position of being credited with (or blamed for) the concept of work fidelity that privileges the written notation over both individual creativity and oral tradition, and simultaneously condemned for producing “bad editions” that violate this very concept.
The Schumann Cello Concerto, op. 129, written at the exact midpoint of the century, provides a case study of this gradual shift in both thinking and practice, revealing a reverent yet surprisingly flexible treatment of musical text. A handwritten copy of Schumann’s score belonging to Ludwig Ebert (1834-1908), who gave the concerto’s premiere in 1860, shows dramatic changes to the cello part, the orchestration, and arguably even the structure of the piece. This presentation examines some of the patterns that knit together Ebert’s version with other substantially altered versions from the private collections of later cellists, as well as the more modestly altered versions that were published as performing editions when the initial copyright expired in the 1880s. A better understanding of these patterns might then win some additional creative space for those who wish to engage with this beloved centrepiece of the cello repertoire.
Speaker: Dr. Kate Bennett Wadsworth (Guildhall School of Music & Drama)
Register here for this free event.
15 November 8 AM PST, 20 November 10 AM PST
The Corkybird’s Warmup Club
We are excited to be offering two different sessions of the Warm-up Club this month.
On Monday, November 15th, at 8AM (Pacific Standard Time) we will present a pair of warm-ups designed to developed left hand dexterity and strength: Electric Fingers and the 4th Position Jive. To receive further details about this edition, please sign up here:On Saturday, November 20th, at 10AM we will explore creating musical holiday greetings using the Acapella App. I will provide a variety of arrangements or you can bring you own. For access to this edition, please sign up here:
If you would like to add your name to the mailing list to receive information about future editions of club, please sign up here:
27 November 6 – 8:15 PM GMT
All About My Bow
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.
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Tuesdays in November
Tuesday Night Practice Stream – cellist Emily Wright
This November, I’m going to be streaming an hour of my practice on Zoom one night a week! This will be my real, actual practice, with no commentary (with the exception of my own mutterings) and no interaction with viewers, to keep it squarely in the realm of practice and not a demonstration or performance.
For $50, you will get access to 5 live practice sessions, as well as PDFs of the material for reference.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 November – Amir Eldan
13 November – Emanuel Gruber
Visit The Cello Camerata website for registration and tuition information.
6 & 13 October 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.
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.