• Cello Focus

    It was with great sadness that the USC Thornton School of Music announced the cancellation of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, owing to uncertainly around the Covid-19 virus.

    As the event’s official media partner, The Strad has put together a digital tribute to the festival, including reports on previous Piatigorsky events and a selection of the best cello coverage from their extensive archive, in collaboration with the festival’s sponsors.

    You can view this digital tribute, Cello Focus, by clicking here.

    You will find articles on great cellists of the past, masterclasses by today’s leading performers on important cello repertoire, and some cello-related features, all illustrated with high-quality photographs. All content is free to view until April 23, 2020. We hope you enjoy!


  • 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


Aerial photo of USC campus

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.