May 13 – 22, 2016
Ralph Kirshbaum, Artistic Director
Piatigorsky International Cello Festival
The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival is coming soon! The Festival, presented by the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, is a 10-day cello extravaganza showcasing 26 international artists representing 15 countries and 4 continents. Last held in March 2012, the Festival will take place again from May 13 through May 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Named after the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles and taught cello for many years at USC, the Festival focuses on the art of the cello, its music, and its musicians. The 26 visiting artists will perform solo and chamber music repertoire, in recitals and in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Emerson and Calder Quartets. An ensemble of over 100 cellists will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A highlight of the 2016 Festival is a gala concert featuring performances of all Beethoven’s works for cello, including the sonatas and sets of variations.
The Festival’s Artistic Director, Ralph Kirshbaum, together with invited artists, will select over 40 young cello students from around the world to participate in master classes. These classes are open to the public, as are all Festival events. Tickets will go on sale later this year.
Plan now to make the trip to southern California to soak up the sun and the music!