In collaboration with the Muziekgebouw and the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Cello Biennale is organizing a number of masterclasses outside the festival period. These masterclasses are connected to cello recitals in the Muziekgebouw by internationally acclaimed cellists. Three master students of Dutch conservatoires will perform in these masterclasses.

Wednesday, December 6, in the Muziekgebouw, German star cellist Alban Gerhardt offered a taste of the next Cello Biennale with a masterclass and a concert. On top of being a fantastic cellist, Alban Gerhardt is also a great pedagogue. He was a guest at the Cello Biennale in 2014, where he played as a soloist with orchestra in addition to giving a masterclass. He will revisit the Cello Biennale in 2018.

The international masterclasses that the Cello Biennale hosts are extremely popular with the festival audience. We can’t blame them: it is very interesting to hear young top talent play the highlights of the cello repertoire, and to witness how a grandmaster inspires them to enhance that talent.

At this masterclass, three master students of the Conservatory of Amsterdam – Kalle de Bie, Emma Kroon, and Sara Novoselic – each received a 50 minutes long lesson, in which they respectively played Brahms’ cello sonata in F, Tchaikovski’s Rococo Variations, and Barber’s cello sonata.

That evening, Alban Gerhard performed Mozart and Brahms with a dream quintet

That evening, Alban Gerhard gave a concert in the Grote Zaal of the Muziekgebouw with a remarkable ensemble. He managed to bring together violinists Baiba Skride and Gergana Gergova, and violists Amihai Grosz and Brett Dean, some of the best musicians of today, to form a dream quintet.

Next masterclass:
The next masterclass will take place on March 16, 2018, and will be given by Nicolas Altstaedt.