Every cellists wants to play it, the supreme concerto of all cello concertos: the Cello Concerto by Antonín Dvořák. Many claim that the cello sound is at its best in this piece of music. The celebrated Queen Elisabeth Competition was held for the cello in 2017 for the first time, and was won by 27-year-old Parisian cellist Victor Julien-Laferrière. His prize in Amsterdam is performing ‘Dvořák’ as soloist.
Cellist, musical flywheel and inspirator to young talent Giovanni Sollima also has some time left to compose. His music will be played throughout the festival. Together with the young Russian cellist Anastasia Kobekina, Giovanni Sollima will perform his own concerto for two cellos and orchestra.
During this concert the Anner Bijlsma Award will be given to Giovanni Sollima. The Anner Bijlsma Award is an international oeuvre prize which is awarded once every so often to a person or institution that has proven to be of outstanding value to the cello or the cello repertoire. The prize was created in 2014 when the Cello Biennale celebrated its fifth appearance, and was first awarded to whom the prize is named after: Anner Bijlsma.