• Piatigorsky International Cello Festival


    The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival is coming in May! 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, has selected nearly 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.

    Come to Southern California to soak up the sun and the music! Information about event locations, where to stay, where to sleep, and how to get around can be found on our Attending the Festival page.

    Individual tickets and ticket packages are now on sale for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival through the USC Ticket Office or by calling 213-740-4672. Tickets to Festival events with the LA Phil may be purchased separately through the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office.


  • Zuill Bailey
  • Colin Carr
  • Robert deMaine
  • Thomas Demenga
  • Sol Gabetta
  • David Geringas
  • Matt Haimovitz
  • Narek Hakhnazaryan
  • Frans Helmerson
  • Ralph Kirshbaum
  • Ronald Leonard
  • Laurence Lesser
  • Antonio Lysy
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Jens Peter Maintz
  • Mischa Maisky
  • Truls Mørk
  • Amit Peled
  • Li-Wei Qin
  • Jean-Guihen Queyras
  • Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt
  • Andrew Shulman
  • Giovanni Sollima
  • Jeffrey Solow
  • Raphael Wallfisch
  • Wendy Warner


  • Matthew Aucoin
  • Uriel Segal
  • Leonard Slatkin



  • Ayke Agus
  • Bernadene Blaha
  • Rina Dokshitsky
  • Kevin Fitz-Gerald
  • Jeffrey Kahane
  • Lily Maisky
  • Christopher O’Riley
  • Noreen Polera
  • Kathryn Stott
  • Robert Thies


  • Attacca Quartet
  • Calder Quartet
  • Emerson Quartet
  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Te Amo, Argentina
  • USC Chamber Singers
  • USC Wind Ensemble

Los Angeles and the University of Southern California

The 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival will take place at Walt Disney Concert Hall and on the USC campus in Los Angeles, the greatest global city in the world.