A major new international triennial cello festival in Galway City and County celebrating one of the world’s most versatile instruments, with star cellists including Mischa Maisky (Latvia), Giovanni Sollima (Italy), Tatjana Vassiljeva (Russia) and Natalie Haas (Canada).
Cellissimo will host the Irish premiere of Tan Dun’s Crouching Tiger Concerto, performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the Oscar-winning composer himself. This performance is the film music to Ang Lee’s legendary film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and will include screenings of scenes from his poetic martial arts movie.
Further orchestral performances feature the RTÉ Concert Orchestra premiering new cello concertos by Gerald Barry and Julia Wolfe, co-commissioned with the Amsterdam Cello Biënnale, and the Zagreb Soloists performing in Galway and Clifden. Chamber music concerts include Beethoven x 5, marking the composer’s 250th anniversary with a performance of all five cello sonatas in one evening; cello legend Mischa Maisky with his daughter and pianist Lily in an intimate setting; and a late night concert at Claregalway Castle.
Get your Bach fix every morning at Cellissimo’s Bach Plus concerts. Hear Bill Whelan’s new piece for the Galway Cello, an instrument lovingly made by luthier Kuros Torkzadeh from locally grown trees. Go on a cello trail on Inishbofin Island with Cello Ireland, explore cello in traditional music, bring the kids to The Decibel Family and enjoy inspiring talks alongside a movie screening.
Cellissimo 25 April – 3 May
Cellissimo Exhibition 17 April – 2 May