An intimate forum with an eye to professional development, renowned cellist Mischa Maisky will speak to PICF Fellows and the general public about his career as a solo cellist–that now spans over 50 years–and give advice on how to generate, develop, sustain and enjoy a successful musical career.
Honoring the Festival’s namesake, a 2018 documentary film by Murray Grigor and Hamid Shams will be screened. A panel comprised of Piatigorsky’s former students (Terry King, Laurence Lesser, Mischa Maisky, Jeffrey Solow, Raphael Wallfisch) and grandson (Evan Drachman) will discuss Piatigorsky’s teaching and enduring musical influence.
Led by Italian cellist and composer Giovanni Sollima, PICF Fellows are encouraged to express themselves more fluently through their instruments. Sollima, who has been referred to as “the renegade Italian cellist-composer,” directs Fellows through exercises in improvisation, from Baroque style to avant-garde sound exploration. In presenting this workshop, Sollima leads the way to new possibilities for musical expression on the cello.
Cellists young and old will learn better how to find, assess, and purchase fine instruments. Expert advice will be offered in a discussion and Q&A featuring distinguished international instrument dealers including Joseph Bein/Bein & Fuschi, Florian Leonard/Florian Leonard Violins, Simon Morris/J & A Beare, Bruno Price/Rare Violins of New York, Jason Price/Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows, and Chris Reuning/Reuning Violins.
Talented young cellists (aged 13-18) will work intensively with Clive Greensmith (former cellist of the Tokyo Quartet and professor of cello at The Colburn Conservatory), and may, by merit, also be chosen to play in the Mass Cello Ensemble at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Bringing the Festival to a close, this performance will combine international artists, PICF Fellows, and local professional cellists in a grand display of shared passion and enthusiasm.