Big names, old friends, and new faces. The programme will again include many highlights with musicians, ensembles, and orchestras from 27 different countries. The artists in residence are early music specialist and Viola da Gamba player Jordi Savall and the Italian cello phenomenon Giovanni Sollima. All the way from New York, the festival welcomes new and exciting cello music by Bang on a Can, the world famous composer trio consisting of Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who always have a way of connecting their compositions to today’s society.

Returning to the festival are solid audience favourites like Jean-Guihen Queyras, Mischa Maisky, Alban Gerhardt, Nicolas Altstaedt, and Colin Carr, along with young stars reinvited by the festival like Anastasia Kobekina, Harriet Krijgh, and Kian Soltani. Many cellists will appear at the Cello Biennale Amsterdam for the very first time, such as American/Israeli cellist Matt Haimovitz, Spanish master Arnau Tomàs, Reinhard Latzko – one of today’s most acclaimed cello pedagogues from Germany – and the young Sheku Kanneh-Mason from the UK.

The Power of Music
All these musicians have one thing in common: they want to make the world a better place with their music. This is what the Cello Biennale 2018 is all about: the power of music and the power of the cello. Music gives us comfort, hope, and brings us together. Scientific research has proven that music has a significant effect on brain development, affects Alzheimer and Parkinson patients positively, and works calmingly at medical procedures. And what is it that makes everyone love the cello? What is its secret, its power?