Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
8 October 6:30 PM EDT
NSO: Masterworks 1 – You Had Me at “Cello” with Stéphane Tétreault
The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marc David kicks off the 2021-22 season by welcoming back cellist Stéphane Tétreault for an evening of delightful classical music. The concert features Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor Op.85 and Brahms Symphony No. 4, Op. 90.
Don’t miss this world class performance from YOUR NSO together with special guest Stéphane Tétreault.
8 October 9:00 – 10:30 PM EDT
THEYFRIEND – virtual performance salon is a work-in-progress show featuring nonbinary artists Edgar Fabián Frías, LOTUS BOY, and Cellist/Ethnomusicologist Peekaboo
Peekaboo is a cellist and aspiring Ethnomusicologist researching the diaspora of ancestral filipin(o/a/x)/latinx lineages, soundscoring memories of love and heartbreak while simultaneously activating forms of healing. They will create an electronic music and quasi-ambient cello score exploring stillness amidst noise pollution and its intersections with their identity as a queer nonbinary person of color.
For more information about THEYFRIEND or Diamond Wave, visit www.diamond-wave.org
This event is FREE! Tax deductible donations are welcome with registration or you can give at bit.ly/givetodiamondwave
THEYFRIEND is supported by The Horizons Foundation, the California Arts Council and Brava! for Women in the Arts.
Diamond Wave is a fiscally sponsored project of Intersection for the Arts.
9 October noon EDT
Hennepin History Museum – Music, Art, and Memory in the Aftermath of War
Join artist Aaron Hughes and maestro Karim Wasfi as they share music and poetry from Poetry Despite/Music Despite (Eternal War Requiem) and discuss art and memory keeping in the aftermath of war.
Poetry Despite/Music Despite (Eternal War Requiem) connects artists across time and place, from World War I to the “Global War on Terror,” from the US to Iraq. These connections acknowledge the recurring traumas of war and, conversely, the human connections that happen despite the pain.
The project emerged out of Hughes’ personal reflections on Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem (originally written for the 1962 consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral), the nine poems by World War I poet Wilfred Owen featured in the War Requiem, and maestro Karim Wasfi’s “spontaneous compositions,” solo cello performances held at sites of bombings in Iraq. These works, along with Hughes’ own memories of being a U.S. soldier in Iraq in 2003-2004, resonate with each other. They facilitate connections between the current state of endless war and its historical antecedents. Aptly, Wasfi has said of his cello performances: “I was connecting everything: death, spirits, bodies, life.” Hughes was inspired to attempt something similar.
Come to listen, reflect, and connect.
More information: poetrydespite.online
This event is presented with HOME OF MEMORIES: Portraits and Stories of Iraqi Minnesotans, now on view at Hennepin History Museum through January 29, 2022.
Karim Wasfi is a renowned cellist, conductor, and founder of Peace Through Arts Foundation known for his “spontaneous compositions,” solo cello performances held at sites of recent bombings in Iraq.
Aaron Hughes is an artist, curator, organizer, teacher, anti-war activist, and Iraq War veteran.
9 October 7:30 PM CDT
Arkansas Symphony – Gabriel Martins, Cello
Guest conductor Stephen Mulligan concludes the full-length program with Igor Stravinsky’s 1919 version of “The Firebird” Suite. Cellist Gabriel Martins solos in Robert Schumann’s “Cello Concerto” in a minor. The program also includes “The Chairman Dances: Foxtrot for Orchestra” by John Adams, Maurice Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin.”
Martins, 23, has won prizes in the David Popper International Cello Competition, Prague Spring International Music Competition, Sphinx Competition and International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.
13 – 26 October
Tri-Country Concerts Emerging Artists Concert Series – Gabriel Martins, cello with So-Mang Jeagal, piano
- J.S. Bach – Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Dvořák – Rondo, Op. 94
Beethoven – Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2
17 October 7:30 PM EDT
CelloBello Honors Founder Paul Katz With Gala Concert, and Hosts First Charity Auction
The acclaimed music education website, CelloBello.org, will celebrate Founder and Artistic Director Paul Katz‘s 80th Birthday in its annual gala concert event on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The concert will bring together a star-studded cast of performers who have been impacted by Katz’s teaching, coaching, and collegiality throughout his career. Proceeds from the event will provide needed financial support of CelloBello’s programs and digital resources.
CelloBello’s 2021 Gala Concert will be a hybrid event. The public can attend in person at Burnes Hall on the campus of Boston’s New England Conservatory, followed by a reception at SRV Boston, one of Boston’s finest restaurants. For those who prefer to attend virtually, tickets are available for the livestream event, which will be viewable on demand for up to 72 hours after the event. Performers will include Ian Swensen, Catherine Cho, Molly Carr, Edward Gazouleas, Astrid Schween, Natasha Brofsky, Jeffrey Zeigler, Pei-Shan Lee, the Balourdet, Harlem and Borromeo String Quartets… and even more surprise guests.
In-person ticket sales will be available until October 16. Individual tickets are now available for purchase. Ticket prices begin at $100 (USD) for the livestream and $150 (USD) for the in-person event.
Online Programs and Events
6 September – 25 October
Comprehensive Orchestral Audition Preparation
Designed to dramatically advance the skills you need to play your best under pressure in the unpredictable world of orchestral auditions. COAP is the only audition preparation intensive that combines continuous one-on-one feedback at the highest level with an energizing studio dynamic in one course.
Auditions require technical competency, instrumental athleticism, ability to sound beautiful and effortless under intense pressure, laser focus, calm mind, and preparation for unexpected hurdles. Costs of airfare, hotels, meals, lessons, cancelled work, and other lost performance opportunities mean you want to maximize your potential for success when committing to an audition.
COAP will give you the experiential training needed to succeed at your audition while working with your existing schedule.
Our unique program offers the highest level of one-on-one personal feedback from musicians who have successfully navigated the audition process in front of and behind the screen. We fully utilize a highly energized studio-like environment providing feedback through numerous peer trials that will illustrate your current and potential capabilities. Demonstrating how implementing and consolidating the feedback you receive from COAP teachers and peers will prepare you for the rigorous audition process.
Visit the COAP website for registration information.
10 October noon EDT
What is a cello class?
This is a meeting that a group of cello students have together with their teacher, where in a masterclass-type setting some of the students have the opportunity to present music they have been working on. Unlike a real masterclass, it is not necessary to play a full piece! Half of a piece or just a couple of lines is plenty.
You will then get feedback primarily from your peers, moderated by the teacher, with a few suggestions from the teacher as well.
This format is not a replacement for private lessons, but can provide invaluable support, encouragement, and input from other cellists, allowing for more growth and advancement in the cello.
All musical styles welcome, the only requirement is that you play the cello!
Pricing is 5€ for anyone who wants to watch only, and 15€ for those who want to perform (limited to 3 per event). Please choose a piece or part of a piece no longer than 5 minutes.
Feel free to contact me in advance if you have any questions!
The next Open Cello Class will take place on October 10th, 2021 at 18:00 Central European Time/ 12:00 Eastern Standard Time.
12-14 October 8 PM BST
Ballad of a Changing World: a film of cello, piano, scientists, birds, chat
After each screening of the film (8-8.50pm), the team members Sarah, Maja, Helen & Tone will be on zoom for a live Q&A (8.50-9.30pm). For us, this is as important as the gig, so please do join us.
Sarah (piano) and Maja (cello) are just two individuals living in the same world as you and I. They’re still under lockdown in the UK, at home with their young children. They’re still as aware of the climate and ecological crisis as they were two years ago but frankly, they haven’t had as much time to worry about that, with Covid wiping out a lot of live gigs and their children’s education. So, why do they still want to talk about the climate, about the environment?
Because it’s the bigger picture. Because when Covid is defeated with vaccines, the backdrop hasn’t changed. But these women are NOT doomists. Their preferred state is smiling and laughing, alongside some very intense and emotional music-making. They want joy in their lives, not unnecessary pessimism. So, they look to the birds of Tromsø (near to where Maja is from) and Newcastle-on-Tyne (Sarah’s hometown): the Kittiwakes. How do they adapt? How do they change their lives? How do the local people feel about their arrival? What do the birds’ stories teach us about our own choices, our own possibilities?
18-22 October 9 AM PDT
Free Five Day Cello Master Class – The Cello Guru
Back By Popular Demand! CelloYoga Livestream Workshop!
In this workshop Mea the Creative Cellist will help cellists discover ways to reduce tension in their playing so that they can play with more flexibility, freedom and focus without increasing practice time.
This is an interactive experience and participants are encouraged to bring their cellos.
We will explore the following topics:
-How To Develop a More Relaxed Vibrato so that you can play with more expression
-How to Get Your Left Hand to Cooperate even if you have small hands, oddly shaped fingers, arthritis or other limitations
-How To Tame Your Bow so that you can play faster, especially while crossing strings.
Bonus Topic: Using Your Bow For Creative Expression.
There will be a Q and A at the end of the session. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions beforehand on the facebook event page so that they can be guaranteed a response!
Please bring your cello and an open mind! Be ready to have fun!
1-14 November (18 October application deadline)
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.
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.
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.
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.
16 October – Lisa Liske, Jonathan Kramer, and Wendy Warner
23 October – Anthony Elliott
Visit The Cello Camerata website for registration and tuition information.
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
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
Available through 16 October 11:59 PM EDT
Alisa Weilerstein cello – Bach and Osvaldo Golijov
The American cellist has been the recipient of awards including the Leonard Bernstein Prize at the 2006 Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and five years later a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’. Her diverse repertoire takes in contemporary works she has premiered, alongside the classics: Gramophone discerned ‘special qualities’ in her recording of the Bach Cello Suites, allowing ‘each movement of each suite to shine on its own terms’.
Watch the Livestream here (donations accepted).
Available through 31 October 2021
DWB (Driving While Black)
Dwb is the premiere filmed version of the opera by the same name Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel. Presented by UrbanArias, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. UrbanArias is an opera company dedicated to producing short – 90 minutes or less – contemporary operas.
A solo chamber opera, dwb derives much of its power from the voice of soprano Karen Slack, starring as the various mothers. Slack, who has sung with the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera, among other prestigious opera houses, moves easily from lyric to dramatic sounds and offers theatrical skills to boot.
A two-musician ensemble – composed of cellist Rosanna Butterfield and percussionist Eric Plewinski – is conducted by Robert Wood. Known as an innovator in opera, Wood founded UrbanArias in 2009.
Du’Bois A’keen directed and choreographed the film; Camry A’Keen was the creative director. Both have drawn on their extensive operatic, choreographic, and film backgrounds to bring elements of modern dance and music video production.
Tickets are $15 and allow unlimited viewing through October 31.
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