• 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.

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  • Thomas Demenga
  • Chiara Enderle
  • 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
  • Gabriel Martins
  • 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


  • Karen Kamensek
  • Carl St.Clair



  • Bernadene Blaha
  • Ya-Fei Chuang
  • Kevin Fitz-Gerald
  • Juho Pohjonen
  • Robert Thies


  • LA 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.