Music for Galway announces



An International Cello Festival on the Edge of Europe – 18th to 25th May 2024

CELLISSIMO is an International Cello Festival on the Edge of Europe that celebrates “... this fabulously versatile instrument with its extensive range, noble sound and curvaceous body!” as artistic director Finghin Collins puts it, in the backdrop of the breath-taking region that is Galway City and County. It is a triennial event and its first edition was held at the end of March 2021. Impressions from a cello festival delivered online:

Over 8 days, audiences can expect sumptuous orchestral galas, solo cello recitals in the most surprising of locations, intimate chamber music concerts, established repertoire and newly commissioned music, all performed by top musicians from around the world.



As part of an international masterclass programme, eight young cellists from all over Europe will have the chance to come to Galway and learn from their masters and perform in front of audiences here. HOME, a new play developed in partnership with Branar with and for school children will show a very different side to the cello. A very special day for those who like the outdoors will be the Inishbofin Cello Trail Day, where we take a group of revelers to the island and let them discover the cello as they ramble through the landscape. The Galway Cello, a very special instrument that was commissioned for the first edition of the festival and built of timber from Galway, is currently in the hands of the CELLISSIMO Ambassador Catherine Cotter. During the festival it shall find its new ‘owner’, the CELLISSIMO Ambassador for the period 2024-2027.


Featured artists: Mischa Maisky, Lily Maisky, Marc Coppey, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Jakob Koranyi, Hannah Roberts, Finghin Collins, Adrian Brendel, ConTempo Quartet, Adrian Mantu, Christopher Marwood, William Butt, Christopher Ellis, Tatjana Vassiljeva, Naomi Berrill, Natalie Haas

Artistic Director: Finghin Collins | Festival Director: Anna Lardi