Opening & Closing Gala Concerts


Sunday, May 15 – 4:30 PM  

USC’s Bovard Auditorium

The Festival opens on its home campus, the University of Southern California, with a concert featuring Cello Duello from Germany (Jens Peter Maintz and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt), improvisation by Giovanni Sollima, and Te Amo Argentina, a performance of music, dance and visuals, the brainchild of cellist Antonio Lysy.


Sunday, May 22 – 7:00 PM  

USC’s Bovard Auditorium

The 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival concludes with a spectacular gala concert, featuring a host of renowned musicians performing Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano.

  • Sonata in F Major, Op. 5, No. 1 (Ronald Leonard & pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald)
  • Variations in E flat Major (Laurence Lesser & pianist Kevin Fitz-Gerald)
  • Sonata in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1 (Thomas Demenga & pianist Bernadene Blaha)
  • Sonata in A Major, Op. 69 (Colin Carr & pianist Bernadene Blaha)
  • Variations in F Major (Matt Haimovitz & pianist Christopher O’Riley)
  • Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2 (Mischa Maisky & pianist Lily Maisky)
  • Variations in G Major (Andrew Shulman & pianist Jeffrey Kahane)
  • Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2 (Jean-Guihen Queyras & pianist Jeffrey Kahane)