Piatigorsky International Cello Festival kicks off May 13 in L.A.

Posted on: May 11, 2016

In Tuesday’s (5/10) San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA), Robert D. Thomas previews the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, “which runs May 13-22, presented by the USC Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.” The festival includes concerts by those orchestras as well as “recitals, chamber music performances, master classes and a ‘cello orgy’ concert to wrap up the conclave. Twenty-six soloists from 15 countries and four continents will appear, and there will be several premieres throughout the 37 events.” Leonard Slatkin leads the L.A. Phil May 13-15 in Walt Disney Concert Hall. Festival Artistic Director Ralph Kirshbaum, a former Piatigorsky student who held USC Thornton’s Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello for nine years and now directs the school’s string program, will be the soloist in Bloch’s Schelomo on May 13. Truls Mørk is featured in the Elgar Cello Concerto on May 14, and Sol Gabetta in Martinů’s Cello Concerto No. 1 on May 15. Events at USC begin May 15 with an afternoon concert. “That evening, back at Disney Hall, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott complete the ultra-busy weekend with a recital of works by composers ranging from Bach to Sollima.”

Posted May 11, 2016