The Cello Biennale would like to wish you happy holidays and a great new year filled with lots of beautiful music!

Giovanni Sollima, artist in residence at the next Cello Biennale, performs Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, as a new Christmas Carol (recording from Sneak Preview November 10, 2017).

In the new year, the Cello Biennale 2018 will be dedicated to a true Christmas spirit. Music can give words to our deepest feelings, and unify past all geographical, historical, and religious boundaries. Music gives comfort and hope, music brings people together. Every musician knows this power. The Cello Biennale 2018 will host a number of unique musicians who use the power of music to make the world a better place.

Artist for peace

The pre-eminent ambassador for this ideal is the world famous gamba player and early music specialist Jordi Savall. He has spent his lifetime bringing musicians from all cultures together on stage, and by performing early music from all those cultures, he shows us how closely we are related, wherever we come from.
Savall: “As musicians, we have the gift of holding the most important instrument for empathy and hope in our hands.”
Jordi Savall was declared ‘Artist for Peace’ by UNESCO in 2009.

Jordi Savall will appear no less than four times during the next Cello Biennale. He will play an early morning concert, performing a Bach suite in the Bach & Breakfast series, he will give a masterclass, he will perform his famous programme  Tous les Matins du Monde, and finally with Hesperion XXI and with musicians from the Middle East, he will present the programme Ibn Battuta, named after the 14th-Century Arabian explorer.

The complete programme will be announced on March 20, on which date the ticket sales for the seventh Cello Biennale will start as well. October 18 -27, 2018, Muziekgebouw and Bimhuis.