The International cello festival Cello Cēsis is the only cello festival in the Baltic-Nordic region and is produced by Cēsis Concert Hall. Cello Cēsis have been awarded the EFFE Label, the sign of quality bestowed on the most outstanding of European festivals, given by the European Festivals Association. Cello Cēsis is happening annualy in September, and it 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. A wide range of musical genres are represented in the festival programme, from symphony and chamber music to contemporary and crossover pieces. The programme of the festival Cello Cēsis is unique; every year it is created for festival performances only. It is tailored to demonstrate the essence and the most brilliant musical pieces written for the cello, from Baroque to the present day. 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.