What will the Cello Biennale 2018 look like? What will the theme be, what’s new, and which cellists, orchestras, and ensembles will appear? Much became clear during the Sneak Preview on Friday, November 10, in the Muziekgebouw.

Artist in residence for the Biennale in 2018, Giovanni Sollima, the winner of the National Cello Competition, Alexander Warenberg, the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Victor Julien-Laferrière, African-British formation Chesaba, singer-songwriter Mela Marie Spaemann, the Cello Company, and Amsterdam Sinfonietta gave a fantastic concert and excited us for what’s coming in 2018.

Film maker Darren Carter created a short video compilation. Photographer Andy Doornhein made a photographic report.

The Power of Music / The Power of the Cello
The Cello Biennale 2018 is all about the power of music: The Power of Music /The Power of the Cello. Through music, we can express our deepest feelings and make connections that surpass location, history, and religion. Music brings people together. It gives us hope, energy, and joy.

Artists in residence
The Cello Biennale 2018 is hosting some very special musicians who use the power of music to make the world a better place. World renowned Spanish gamba player and early music specialist Jordi Savall is the perfect ambassador for this ideal. As artist in residence, he will play a Bach suite in the Bach & Breakfast series, he will perform his famous Tous les Matins du Monde, and with Hesperion XXI, he will perform the programme Ibn Battuta, named after the 14th-century Arabic explorer.

The Italian cello phenomenon Giovanni Sollima – without doubt the most spirited cellist of all times – will shake up the festival like he does in Italy with his project 100CELLOS. Sollima will appear numerous times as artist in residence during the Biennale.

Exciting new cello music from New York will appear, by Bang on a Can, also known as the world famous composers’ trio Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, who never see their music as separate from what’s happening in society.
Julia Wolfe is writing a new cello concerto that will be premiered by Jakob Koranyi with the Residentie Orchestra. David Lang is composing a concerto for cello, voice, and string orchestra for Harriet Krijgh, Claron McFadden, and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Michael Gordon is writing a new work for Cello8ctet Amsterdam in addition to a solo cello piece.

An additional programming of four presentations in the Bimhuis – in collaboration with Ludwig – will shed light upon other aspects of the power of music, such as music’s influence on the development of the brain, its beneficial effect on Alzheimer and Parkinson patients, and its calming influence during medical procedures. A special presentation will be held about the remarkable power of the cello: why does everyone love the cello, what is its secret?
Musicians without Borders presents a special project by Fabienne van Eck, who has been working for Musicians without Borders for several years, working with Palestinian children in the West Bank.

Over 60 cellists from 27 countries
In addition to Giovanni Sollima, the audience’s all-time favorites such as Jean-Guihen Queyras, Mischa Maisky, Alban Gerhardt, Nicolas Altstaedt, and Colin Carr will return to the festival, but young stars such as Anastasia Kobekina, Harriet Krijgh, and Kian Soltani will also make appearances. Of course, many cellists who have not yet been heard at the Cello Biennale will come to Amsterdam. This includes world renowned cellists and upcoming stars.
The American/Israeli cellist Matt Haimovitz will appear at the Biennale for the first time, and one of the most beloved cello pedagogues in Europe, Reinhard Latzko, will take place in the jury of the National Cello Competition. Names such as Narek Hakhnazaryan (Armenia), Abel Selaocoe (South Africa), and Sheku Kanneh-Mason (UK) will represent the youngest generation of international top talent.

powered by Sena Performers
Cello Biennale en Bimhuis present the all-new CELLOFEST: eight evenings with sixteen concerts featuring the most interesting material from the worldwide cello-underground. Cello playing technologists, loopstation artists, singer-songwriters, world music, jazz and pop musicians, improvisation artists, and video and performance artists will appear at these events.
CELLOFEST offers a stage to players from around the world who are playing the cello “off the track.” This first CELLOFEST will present the first set of players from the USA, Canada, South Africa, Iran, Germany, Austria, Sweden, France, England, Spain, and of course, the Netherlands. The lineup will be announced on March 20.

Third Cello & Film festival in EYE
On September 22 through 28, the third edition of Cello & Film will take place in EYE. Cello & Film is organized by EYE and Cello Biennale Amsterdam. It features documentaries and new cello music accompanying silent films and animation films. The programme of Cello & Film 2018 will be announced on March 20, 2018.

Start Ticket Sales March 20
The definitive programme of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam 2018 will be published in the festival brochure on March 20, 2018. This is also when the ticket sales open.