• Piatigorsky International Cello 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, the 2016 Festival (May 13-22) showcased 26 international artists representing 15 countries and 4 continents. Highlights included a gala concert at USC’s Bovard Auditorium featuring performances of all Beethoven’s works for cello and an ensemble of over 100 cellists performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    For photos and news features from the 2016 Festival, visit the USC Thornton Festival Archive.


    View the trailer for the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival!


  • 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, a 21st Century capital of creative and cultural innovation.