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. 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.
CELLO CĒSIS/BACHianas for cello and saxophone quartet
Friday, 15th September, 19:00

The SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet from Germany and the rising Latvian cello star MARGARITA BALANAS present a programme that takes the listeners on an exciting musical trip, from Bach to Piazzolla. The 2016-2017 Season saw the cellist Margarita Balanas appear at her debut recital at the Royal Festival Hall, performances at Wigmore Hall and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles. Mentored by cellist Lynn Harrell, she has

CELLO CĒSIS/ Documentary film "Cello tales" /Luxemburg/
Friday, 15th September, 21:00

Director: Anne Schiltz.

Four strings, a wooden box that has been around for 300 years. The cello is the most human-like of all musical instruments in shape, size and sound. A daughter searches for her father's stolen instrument for a decade. An artisan looks for the best way to craft the perfect piece of wood. A soloist travels the world playing. A copyist recreates the sound of the great masters. The cello: more than

CELLO CĒSIS/ Saturday brunch with a cello falvour
Saturday, 16th September, 12:00

A conversation and brunch with the musicians in a relaxed and informal atmosphere in the Cēsis Concert hall restaurant, where festival-goers will be able to meet and get to know the cello players who perform in this year Cello Cēsis festival programmes. The event is organized in association with the Klasika station of the Latvian National Radio Network and moderated by musicologist Orests Silabriedis.

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CELLO CĒSIS/Cello Electrified
Saturday, 16th September, 14:00

A concert that will reveal the cello in a different light and sound, starring the young Lithuanian cellist JUSTAS KULIKAUSKAS. Justas is a third-generation cello player. From a young age, he has been appearing a a soloist with all the major orchestras in Lithuania: the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra and Kaunas Chamber

CELLO CĒSIS/Mario Brunello And Sinfonietta Rīga
Saturday, 16th September, 19:00

The SINFONIETTA RĪGA State Chamber Orchestra will share the stage with MARIO BRUNELLO, an Italian cello player with an extensive international career, and the brilliant Latvian musician, long-standing solo cellist for the Kremerata Baltica Orchestra ĒRIKS KIRŠFELDS. Brunello has worked with some of the world’s major orchestras, appearing with the likes of Gidon Kremer, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Yuri Bashmet, Maurizio Pollini and

Sunday, 17th September, 12:00

The festival presents a special Cello Cēsis children’s programme ‒ an original concert production featuring the MELO-M Cello Trio, one of the most popular Latvian cello bands working in the crossover genre. The production is built around a fairy-tale narrative where the mood is set with classical and contemporary pieces for the cello, generously enhanced with multimedia projections and effects.