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Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann
Alisa Weilerstein
© Harald Hoffmann
CELLO COMPETITIONS
The George Enescu Festival Competition
Entry deadline:
18 April 2018
Finals: 11 - 23 Sep 2018
Bucharest
Categories:
Piano, cello, violin
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BergenHaydn: Concert for Cello and Orchestra No 1 C major

Haydn: Cello Concerto no. 1 in C major, Hob VIIb:1
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Truls Mørk

BergenElgar, Cello Concerto with Orchestra

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Leonard Elschenbroich
CELLIST INTERVIEWS
Jingzhuo Zhang

China: Q & A with cellist Jingzhuo Zhang

We interview Jingzhuo Zhang, a young cellist now studying at RAM but who grew up in China.
© Andreas Etter

Interview with Eva Böcker, cellist at the Ensemble Modern

We continue our interviews series with Eva Böcker, cellist at the Ensemble Modern.
Gao Xuewen in 1978 at Shanghai Conservatory © Gao Xuewen

Playing cello through the Cultural Revolution

I entered the Shanghai Conservatoire after the Cultural Revolution, towards 1978. When I arrived in Belgium, I was 23 years old and I didn't speak a word of French.
Mstislav Rostropovich in 1959 © Mikhail Ozerskiy

A human voice: the Cello Unwrapped

The warmth and human-like quality to the cello’s timbre features strongly as King’s Place turns the spotlight on this most soulful of instruments.
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LuganoNew Generation: Harriet Krijgh and Magda Amara

Beethoven, Bartók, Rachmaninov
Harriet Krijgh; Magda Amara

AmsterdamIntroduction to Bach's Cello Suites (in Dutch)

© Marco Borggreve
Bach
Bert Natter; Nicolas Altstaedt

LondonMendelssohn's Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano

Mendelssohn's Sonatas for Violoncello and Piano
Mendelssohn
Eugenia Russell; Klimis Voskidis

MadridCarta Blanca a Gabriel Erkoreka

Carta Blanca a Gabriel Erkoreka
Ravel, Erkoreka, Xenakis
Orquesta Nacional de España; André de Ridder; Jean-Guihen Queyras; Carlos Mena

AmsterdamZTR Zaterdagmatinee: Adès conducts Adès

ZTR Zaterdagmatinee: Adès conducts Adès
Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Adès, Barry
Britten Sinfonia; Thomas Adès; Steven Isserlis; Nicolas Hodges

BirminghamBenjamin Grosvenor and Friends

Brahms, Schubert
Hyeyoon Park; Brett Dean; Kian Soltani; Leon Bosch
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Takács Quartet and friends conquer Souvenir de Florence

Takács Quartet © Ellen Appel
The Takács Quartet and friends pair string sextets by Tchaikovsky and Brahms at Wigmore Hall.
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Tuckett's Elisabeth is revived at the Barbican

Yury Yanowsky and Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth © ROH | Tristram Kenton
Tuckett's richly-integrated Elizabeth contains some superb performances but is often overwhelmed in this transition to a much larger space 
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Gerhardt stars in Martinů cello concerto with Belgrade Philharmonic

Alban Gerhardt © Kaupo Kikkas
Alban Gerhardt in Martinů’s Cello Concerto no. 1 was a dazzling achievement in the Belgrade Philharmonic’s concert under Uroš Lajovic, along with atmospheric Sibelius and polished Tchaikovsky.
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Shining a light on Bach and the Mendelssohns

Chiaroscuro Quartet © Eva Vermandel
The gut strings and period bows of the Chiaroscuro Quartet cast dramatic light and shade movements on from Bach's The Art of Fugue and quartets by Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.
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Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson Quartet at Carnegie Hall

Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet © Jennifer Taylor
There was a palpable sense of communion during a performance bringing these great musicians together at Carnegie Hall for the first time. 
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RPO and Pinchas Zukerman deliver safe as houses repertoire

Pinchas Zukerman © Cheryl Mazak
Assured and mostly rewarding performances from the RPO in standard fare that underlined Bruch’s nobility, Elgar’s masterly orchestration and the originality of Sibelius. 
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