Music for Galway Showcases a Flagship Event for Galway 2020 at International Music Festival.


The very best of Galway’s classical music creativity and culture will be represented by Music for Galway at the prestigious Cello Biënnale Amsterdam, an international music festival revolving around the cello, which starts in Amsterdam this week.

As part of the exciting world-class programme for Galway 2020, Music for Galway and Galway 2020 will present the first edition of Cellissimo, a triennial 9-day Festival that will immerse European music making within the horizon lines and landscapes of Galway.  The diverse line-up of music and culture will take place from 25 April – 3 May 2020.


Speaking from the Cello Biennale in Amsterdam, Finghin Collins, Artistic Director of Music for Galway said:

“We are incredibly excited to be announcing advance details of the inaugural edition of Cellissimo.  This festival will be a major event of international standing, presenting many of the world’s finest cellists in collaboration with pianists, orchestras, quartets and interacting with diverse music forms. From Bach to the 21st Century, the programme will encompass the entire region and appeal to audiences of all ages.”

Speaking about the project, Galway 2020 Head of Programme, Marilyn Reddan said:

“Galway 2020 is delighted to be working with Music for Galway.  MfG inspires and enriches new audiences for classical and contemporary music through incredible performances by exemplary national and international artists.”

“Cellissimo will be an exciting part of the Galway 2020 programme which will help us to reach new audiences celebrating the cello, this most beloved instrument and exploring its creation, its reach, its appeal and versatility.”

International audiences will get a taste of what they can expect from Cellissimo as part of the European Capital of Culture in Galway throughout 2020 at the Cello Biënnale Amsterdam. One of the two cello concertos co-commissioned by Music for Galway and CBA, American composer and Bang on a Can member Julia Wolfe’s piece, will receive its world première performed by Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi and the Residentie Orkest on Saturday 20th October at 8.00pm.

On Friday 19th and Saturday 20th at 5.00pm Anna Lardi Fogarty, Executive Director and Finghin Collins, concert pianist and artistic director of Music for Galway and Cellissimo will give two presentations on Cellissimo. Alongside video presentations, audiences will also get to hear Irish cellists Naomi Berrill and Christopher Ellis and French cellist Marc Coppey who will perform alongside Finghin Collins.

About Music for Galway

Since its establishment in 1981 Music for Galway has programmed and delivered high- quality musical experiences for the people of the west coast of Ireland, incorporating a range of artists from Ireland and beyond. Initially conceived to provide access to international and national classical musical experiences for local audiences, which were largely unavailable outside of Dublin city at the time, it has become a valued music resource organisation for Galway and the west.

MfG has a proud record of delivering engaging and memorable musical experiences for its audiences, with a series programmes from solo recitals, chamber music performances, operatic productions, orchestral galas and its Mid-Winter Festival, to collaborations with cross-disciplinary partners. It has a loyal and committed audience base with comments often noted of the engaging atmosphere of its concerts and ancillary events.

Connected to cultural and educational players in Galway city MfG is a national organisation with international reach. It creates pathways for music development that seek to engage new and diverse audiences. Its output is not purely in the provision of concerts but rather a nurturing of the wider creative potential of the west, development of partnerships featuring cross-disciplinary and cross-genre collaborations and leading the intellectual conversation for classical music in the western region.

The organisation is currently ramping up for the delivery of a classical music programme element for Galway European Capital of Culture 2020. During this year it will launch Cellissimo a new triennial Cello Festival for the city and county and will continue to build and develop its audience base through new collaborations and partnerships and extended audience reach in 2020.

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