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We proudly introduce the first edition of Cellissimo – a major new international triennial cello festival. Join us as we celebrate one of the world’s most beloved and versatile instruments in all its diversity. Meet the Galway Cello, an instrument made of locally grown trees.
Star cellists from all over the world will gather in Galway including Mischa Maisky (Russia), Giovanni Sollima (Italy), Nicolas Altstaedt (France/Germany), István Várdai (Hungary), Tatjana Vassiljeva (Russia), Marc Coppey (France), Laura van her Heijden (UK), Hannah Roberts (UK), Natalie Haas (Canada), Jakob Koranyi (Sweden), and Naomi Berrill (Ireland/Italy).
Experience the core artistic programme, which features three major orchestral concerts – the opening concert includes the Irish premiere of the Crouching Tiger Concerto by Tan Dun performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the composer, while the Zagreb Soloists and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra present cello concertos by Haydn, Vivaldi and Elgar. There will be premieres of new cello concertos by Gerald Barry and Julia Wolfe, co-commissioned with the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Beethoven’s 250th anniversary will be marked by a performance of all five cello sonatas.
Get your Bach fix every morning at Bach Plus concerts featuring the six Bach cello suites, repeated in six different locations in County Galway. Hear Bill Whelan’s new piece for the Galway Cello, lovingly made by luthier Kuros Torkzadeh.
Go on a cello trail on Inishbofin with Cello Ireland, explore the cello in traditional music, bring a child to our children’s show, discover all about the Galway Cello at the exhibition – and there are also talks and a movie. Oh, and are you a cellist? Bring your instrument and join us for the cello extravaganza closing concert.