Tickets are only available for purchase via cellobiennale.nl or by phone. To order tickets, go to the programme on our website and order tickets for the concerts you want to go to. You will be redirected to the website of the Muziekgebouw.
Due to the 1.5 metres distance rule, the Muziekgebouw and BIMHUIS are maintaining a different seating system. To guarantee proper social distancing and a smooth and optimal concert experience, tickets are sold without seat numbers. You will be assigned a seat by one of our service staff.
The front desk of the Muziekgebouw is closed for now, but you can order tickets by phone on +31 (0)20 788 2000.
The front desk is open from Monday until Friday between 15.00 and 17.00.
If a concert is sold out, please call the box office of the Muziekgebouw via +31 (0)20 788 2000. You will be placed on a waiting list. See "Box office" for opening hours.
By purchasing multiple separate tickets, you can create your own discounted combination set.
The more concerts you select, the higher your discount will be.
- If you purchase tickets for 4 to 6 concerts, you will receive a 20% discount.
- If you purchase tickets for 7 or more concerts, you will receive a 30% discount.
Tickets for the family and youth concerts, the First Round of the National Cello Competition, and Students Around the World concerts are not included in this offer.
No day passes and passe-partouts
Due to controlled audience capacity in the building, day passes and passe-partouts will NOT be available for this festival edition.
What’s different this year and what might still change?
The programme for the Cello Biënnale 2020 will take place mostly as it was conceived before the Coronavirus spread. We continue dealing with the possibility that one or more international musicians may not be able to travel. The programmes will remain flexible so that we can adjust to these situations properly. Make sure to keep an eye on the up-to-date festival programme, available on the website and (as of September 22nd) the Biënnale App.
To ensure the safety of our audiences, musicians, and our team, we have taken up a few adjustments:
- All concerts, with exception of the final round of the National Cello Competition and the final Cello Coupé concert, will consist of a maximum of one hour of music, without interval.
- Masterclasses will no longer take place in the Kleine Zaal and BIMHUIS simultaneously, but exclusively in BIMHUIS. Every masterclass will feature two students, and will be reduced to a duration of 1,5 hours.
- The majority of the lunch concerts are cancelled.
- The evening concerts, with exception of the final round of the National Cello Competition and the final Cello Coupé concert, will take place twice per evening: a programme at 19.00h, repeated at 21.30h.
- The format of CELLOFEST in BIMHUIS has been adjusted. This event was formerly offered as two varied international performances under one ticket on one night; however, the fact that intervals are no longer allowed means that each act will be offered separately per night, as two different concerts. These programmes will take place at 19.30h and 22.00h respectively, and both performances will require a separate ticket.
- The Festival Market, usually home to luthiers, publishers, etc. is cancelled.
- A new secondary programme will take place outside the main building, in the Cello-Yurt.
- The grand performance of the Hello Cello Orchestra will be postponed to October 10, 2021.
Smaller audiences? Follow the entire festival online!
This year the Biënnale will be much less crowded than usual, because following the guidelines of 1.5 metres distance means concert halls cannot accommodate as many people as before. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be there at all! Thanks to the NTR and BIMHUIS TV all our programmes will be video-streamed on their channels, allowing audiences from all over the world not only to experience the festival live, but also to re-watch programmes afterwards.