New Perspectives, new Faces: the Sixth Cello Biënnale Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM 12/04/2016
The world's most innovative international cello festival cuts loose at its home base Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, on Thursday 20 October 2016. True to form, the opening, a theatrical performance of Instant Happiness by Via Berlin and Cello8ctet Amsterdam brings the Biennale to new heights of discovery. Nine eventful days follow leading listeners and participants through every conceivable musical and physical space at the Muziekgebouw and the Bimhuis.  A cherished Cello Biennale tradition, Bach & Breakfast provides a musical wake up call while late night revellers are welcome to indulge in programs such as Late Cello Night.
New sources of inspiration, fresh faces
New sources of inspiration bring fresh faces to the Cello Biënnale 2016. A sampling of distinguished newcomers who will join the ever-growing list of Biennale participants include leading lights and young international talents and pedagogues: Ivan Monighetti, Daniel Müller-Schott, Martti Rousi, Alexander Rudin, Kian Soltani, Torleif Thedéen and Alisa Weilerstein.
Jean-Guihen Queyras, Jérôme Pernoo, Raphaël Pidoux, Monika Leskovar, Nicolas Alstaedt, Pieter Wispelwey, Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker and 2CELLOS will return to the 2016 edition of the Biënnale bringing new insights and offerings.
No less than six orchestras, eleven ensembles, a chorus and thirty-seven international solo cellists will bring the Sixth edition of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam to new heights.
From the Atlas mountains (Jean-Guihen Queyras and the Atlas Ensemble) to the Spanish plains (Flamenco night) from Viennese rock-jazz to Russian songs, from Faure’s Requiem for choir, soloists and 10 cellos to world premieres: the Cello Biennale 2016 moves the boundaries of music-making to encompass a world of emotion and excitement. 
The Acting Cello
The Acting Cello, the cello as an actor steers the Biennale in a new direction for experimentation and performance. The cello will take centerstage in five musical theater productions: The Master and Margarita, Nomads, Instant Happiness, POE: The Tell-tale Heart and Cello&Co with multimedia dimensions, from text to video.
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