In honor of the legendary cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival brings together masters of the cello and young cellists from around the world for an unparalleled celebration of the cello, its music and its musicians.
The festival, which will be presented by the USC Thornton School of Music and the LA Phil in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will be held in Los Angeles from May 13-22, 2016, showcasing 26 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents, and unveiling several premieres during the course of the 10-day event.
Ticket packages are now on sale for the festival, which is held every four years, through the USC Ticket Office or by calling (213) 740-4672. Individual tickets will go on sale early next year. Tickets to festival events with the LA Phil may be purchased separately through the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office.
The 2016 festival roster includes some of the world’s most celebrated cellists — Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Jean-Guihen Queyras, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Colin Carr, Sol Gabetta, Giovanni Sollima, Raphael Wallfisch and Artistic Director Ralph Kirshbaum, chair of the strings department at USC Thornton, among others — some of whom directly studied under Piatigorsky.
Bringing together three prestigious Los Angeles musical organizations — USC Thornton, the LA Phil and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra — the 2016 cello festival aims to highlight the cello against the backdrop of one of the most culturally innovative metropolitan areas in the United States.