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EU-CAPITAL OF CULTURE l April 25-Mai 3, 2020 | Galway, Ireland


Cellissimo, a major new international triennial cello festival, will celebrate one of the world’s most beloved and versatile instruments in all its diversity. As part of the festival, cellists from all over the world will gather in Galway including Mischa Maisky, Giovanni Sollima, Nicolas Altstaedt, István Várdai, Tatjana Vassiljeva, Marc Coppey, Laura van der Heijden, Hannah Roberts, Natalie Haas, Jakob Koranyi and Naomi Berrill. The core artistic programme features three major orchestral concerts, including the Irish premiere of the Crouching Tiger Concerto by Tan Dun, performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the composer. The Zagreb Soloists and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will present cello concertos by Haydn, Vivaldi and Elgar. Premieres of new cello concertos by Gerald Barry and Julia Wolfe, co-commissioned with the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam will also take place. Beethoven’s 250th anniversary will be marked by a performance of all five cello sonatas, while Bach Plus concerts will take place in St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church in Galway City and locations throughout County Galway. Hear Bill Whelan’s new piece for the Galway Cello, made by luthier Kuros Torkzadeh or join a cello trail on Inishbofin. The closing concert – a cello extravaganza – invites cellists from far and wide to bring their instruments and join in.

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