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Yo-Yo Ma celebrates the festival with a wardrobe change

May 22, 2016

After the intermission of his May 15 recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall with pianist Kathryn Stott, cellist Yo-Yo Ma returned to the stage in an unusual wardrobe change, replacing his formal concert wear with a t-shirt. “I thought it was hot in here,” he said with a laugh, “and not because there are so […]


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Still faithful after 40 years

May 21, 2016

Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows recently published a digital exhibition of the cello’s historical development in anticipation of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Now, they have released a series profiling the instruments used by Festival artists, including artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum. He has played a 1729 cello made by Domenico Montagnana of Venice since 1971 […]


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Festival Media Roundup #3

May 20, 2016

The festival has offered a remarkable week of music making and has a full schedule through the weekend. The Huffington Post has already published a list of “Ten Essential Picks for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.” Where Magazine featured the festival under the “Hot Dates” section of its April issue and included it online as […]


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Festival Media Roundup #2

May 18, 2016

The coverage in the last week has been both broad and positive of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Arts Beat LA featured a lengthy preview of the festival. Los Angeles Magazine included two articles on their website: “You Should Be Listening to Cello Music in L.A., and Here’s Why” and “L.A. Will be Filled with […]


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Finding the body and soul of the cello

May 17, 2016

The Los Angeles Times reviewed the many events that occurred over the Festival’s opening weekend, from the three concerto concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall to an opening night gala at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Music critic Mark Swed wrote that “…Sunday, the first full day of the festival, a bevy of spectacular cellists used the […]


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Just be quiet and everything will be jake

May 16, 2016

Many people—artists, fellows, and audience members—have traveled from across the globe to attend the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. The following video also begins with a journey, and in true Los Angeles fashion, it takes place in a car. This drive begins with all the foreboding of film noir and leads to a house in the […]


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The “Huffington Post” publishes its “Ten Essential Picks” for the Festival

May 15, 2016

Laurence Vittes of the Huffington Post has published a list of “Ten Essential Picks for the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival,” which arrives at USC this week. Some of Vittes’ selections include the Quintet+ series concerts, a Baroque concert with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a workshop in cello improvisation, and a panel event acknowledging the […]


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The Cellos of the Festival

May 13, 2016

Tarisio Fine Instruments & Bows, one of the Major Benefactors of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, has published a digital exhibition of the cellos that will be featured in coming days. The interactive website features photos, interviews, and articles in a perfect accompaniment to the Festival’s incredibly diverse offerings. Tarisio’s founder and director Jason Price […]


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Festival Media Roundup #1

May 13, 2016

Three days out from the start of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, many publications have already featured the extraordinary event. The Los Angeles Times published a Q&A with Festival artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum in a story titled “Why are 102 cellos in Disney Hall? Ralph Kirshbaum is happy to tell you.” And he would be […]


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Alumni, students take medals at Fischoff Chamber Music Competition

May 9, 2016

USC Thornton alumni and students fared well at the 43rd Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition held May 6-8 at the University of Notre Dame. The WindSync wind ensemble, which includes alumni Anni Hochhalter (’09, horn) and Jack Marquardt (’09, clarinet), took the Gold Medal in the Senior Wind Division and will undertake a winner’s […]


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