• Piatigorsky International Cello Festival

    Presented by the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival (March 13-22) is the third iteration of this truly unparalleled, 10-day, 42-event festival. Bringing together masters of the cello and young cellists from around the world, this remarkable celebration of the cello, its music, and musicians will present more than 30 renowned international artists representing 15 countries and four continents. The festival will also feature the world premieres of several newly commissioned compositions.

    Says Artistic Director Ralph Kirshbaum: “I cannot begin adequately to express my appreciation to the two great institutions, the USC Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, for their continued full-hearted support of this far reaching enterprise. Together with the invaluable support of our sponsors and donors, and of course the vision and enthusiastic participation of our visiting artists, we have together created an event that through the years has inspired and touched the lives of generations of young musicians the world over.”

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  • Ye Lin (Stella) Cho
  • Evan Drachman
  • Chiara Enderle Samatanga
  • Zlatomir Fung
  • David Geringas
  • Clive Greensmith
  • Narek Hakhnazaryan
  • Frans Helmerson
  • Steven Isserlis
  • Michael Kaufman
  • Terry King
  • Ralph Kirshbaum
  • Maria Kliegel
  • Jakob Koranyi
  • Benjamin Lash
  • Laurence Lesser
  • Antonio Lysy
  • Jens Peter Maintz
  • Mischa Maisky
  • Yoshika Masuda
  • Peter Myers
  • Jean-Guihen Queyras
  • Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt
  • Inbal Segev
  • Andrew Shulman
  • Giovanni Sollima
  • Jeffrey Solow
  • Kian Soltani
  • Torleif Thedeen
  • Camille Thomas
  • Laura Van der Heijden
  • Istvan Vardai
  • Quirine Viersen
  • Raphael Wallfisch
  • Wendy Warner


  • Hilo Carriel
  • Karen Kamensek
  • Carl St.Clair



  • Bernadene Blaha
  • Ya-Fei Chuang
  • Vivian Fan
  • Kevin Fitz-Gerald
  • Lily Maisky
  • Alin Melik-Adamyan
  • Juho Pohjonen
  • Robert Thies


  • Yura Lee


  • Sarah Shafer


  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • USC Thornton Symphony
  • Piatigorsky Festival Orchestra


Los Angeles and the University of Southern California

The 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival will take place at Walt Disney Concert Hall and on the USC campus in Los Angeles, a 21st Century capital of creative and cultural innovation.