The Violoncello in the focus of the 2018 Music Festival
It is an obvious choice for a festival whose artistic director is a cellist to give the cello a prominent position within the program. However, the summit meeting of the world’s leading cellists, a festival within the 2018 festival, is more than extraordinary and will certainly be a highlight. »Cellomania« kicks off on January 31 with the internationally celebrated winner of 18 Grammy Awards, the American star cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who performs a special concert at the Frauenkirche featuring all six Solo Suites by Johann Sebastian Bach. The grand master Misha Maisky celebrates his 70th birthday with a special performance on May 15 in which is joined by his children, violinist Sascha Maisky and pianist Lily Maisky.
Other internationally renowned cellists who will demonstrate their passion for their chosen instrument during the Festival include Andreas Brantelid, Pablo Ferrández, Alban Gerhardt, David Geringas, Natalia Gutmann, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Lynn Harrell, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum, Harriet Krijgh, Christian-Pierre La Marca, Ivan Monighetti, Johannes Moser, Daniel Müller-Schott, Miklós Perényi, Christian Poltéra, Kian Soltani, Jan Vogler, Alisa Weilerstein and Pieter Wispelwey. Each of them will perform as soloists or chamber musicians, give master courses, workshops and a children’s concert. There is a Bach evening with all six Bach Suites played by different musicians, a Beethoven evening with all the Beethoven Cello Sonatas played by various cellists, and an evening of »Young Wild Cellists«. David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum, Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson and Ivan Monighetti, all of whom have also made names for themselves as teachers, will give master courses at the German Museum of Hygiene from May 17 to 19, the results of which will be presented on May 20 at a Master Course Concert at the Royal Gallery (Fürstengalerie) of the Residenzschloss. The crowning finale is the »Long Cello Night« on May 21 at the concert hall of the Culture Palace. Here, all the cellists meet to pursue their passion in ensembles of many sizes: truly, »Cellomania«!