Cello Cēsis
The Cello Cēsis international cello festival, produced by Cēsis Concert Hall, is held annually in the beautiful city of Cēsis, Latvia. The first cello festival founded in the Baltic and Nordic region, Cello Cēsis aims to help the listeners discover the inimitable voice and diverse sound of the cello through performances of both world-renowned cello players and young musicians, as well as the excellent acoustics of the new built Cēsis Concert Hall. The unique programme of the festival is tailored to demonstrate the essence and the most brilliant musical pieces written for the cello, from Baroque to the present day, from world masterpieces of cello music to pieces by Latvian, Baltic and Nordic composers. A distinctly internationally orientated festival, Cello Cēsis has already hosted appearances by world-renowned cello players like Nicolas Altstaedt and Daniel Müller-Schott from Germany, Marko Ylonen from Finland, Marc Coppey from France and Mario Brunello from Italy and Narek Hakhnazaryan from Armenia. The festival’s concerts have also featured performances by the best internationally recognised Latvian cellists. The concert “Cello Stars and Sinfonetta Riga”, performed at the first “Cello Cēsis” festival in 2015, was nominated as “Concert of the Year” at the Grand Music Awards of Latvia, the most prestigious national music awards. In 2017 Cello Cēsis have been awarded the EFFE Label 2017‒2018, the sign of quality bestowed on the most outstanding of European festivals. EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) is a label launched by the European Festivals Association, conferred on the most prominent European festivals. Further the Programme of the Festival 2017. In 2019 the Festival regained the label for the next period of 2019 - 2020.