Events for Classical Performance

Sounds of the Season: A Scholarship Gala

Celebrate the holidays in style with our annual gala concert, featuring 250 singers and instrumentalists ringing in the season with carols and songs, in support of scholarships for USC Thornton's most talented students. An optional, pre-concert dinner at the USC University Club will take place at 5:00 PM, before the gala concert, for an additional fee.

PICF '20 Opening Gala Concert

The Opening Gala Concert of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival features the USC Thornton Symphony, conducted by Carl St. Clair with cellist Mischa Maisky and violist Yura Lee, performing Richard Strauss' Don Quixote.

PICF '20 Mischa Maisky: Reflections on the Challenges and Joys of a Musician's Life

An intimate forum with an eye to professional development, renowned cellist Mischa Maisky will speak to PICF Fellows and the general public about his career as a solo cellist–that now spans over 50 years–and give advice on how to generate, develop, sustain and enjoy a successful musical career.

PICF '20 Piatigorsky Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Honoring the Festival’s namesake, a 2018 documentary film by Murray Grigor and Hamid Shams will be screened. A panel comprised of Piatigorsky’s former students (Terry King, Laurence Lesser, Mischa Maisky, Jeffrey Solow, Raphael Wallfisch) and grandson (Evan Drachman) will discuss Piatigorsky’s teaching and enduring musical influence.

PICF '20 Piatigorsky Book Launch

A previously unpublished novel, “Mr. Blok” by Gregor Piatigorsky, introduced by his son, Joram Piatigorsky.

PICF '20 Recital Gala

The Recital Gala features festival cellists performing works of Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. A pre-concert talk, presented by American cellist Jeffrey Solow, will begin at 7:00pm. Cellists: Chiara Enderle Samatanga, David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Antonio Lysy, Mischa Maisky, Andrew Shulman, Laura van der Heijden, Quirine Viersen, and Raphael Wallfisch. Pianists: Bernadene Blaha, Jujo Pohjonen, and Robert Thies.

PICF '20 Masterclass with Maria Kliegel

German cellist Maria Kliegel presents a masterclass. Central to the ethos of the Festival are the masterclasses, in which the artists/teachers work with individual cello students in a public forum. Audience members can observe their teaching and hear some of the best young cellists from around the world.

PICF '20 Lunch Series Concert with Jakob Koranyi

Cellist Jakob Koranyi, who has been called "a force to be reckoned with" by The Strad, and pianist Juho Pohjonen perform a duo program, featuring works by Hillborg, Lysenko and Shostakovich.

PICF '20 Masterclass with Frans Helmerson

Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson presents a masterclass. Central to the ethos of the Festival are the masterclasses, in which the artists/teachers work with individual cello students in a public forum. Audience members can observe their teaching and hear some of the best young cellists from around the world.

PICF '20 Bach Series with Quirine Viersen

Cellist Quirine Viersen performs Cello Suite No. 1 in the Bach Series.

PICF '20 Piatigorsky Festival Orchestra

The Piatigorsky Festival Orchestra, comprised primarily of faculty members and former students of the USC Thornton School of Music, performs works of Vivaldi, Weinberg, Sallinen, Sollima and Costanzi. Vivaldi: Concerto for two cellos in g minor, RV 531(Jens Peter Maintz and Schmidt); Weinberg: Concertino(Raphael Wallfisch); Sallinen: Nocturnal Dances of Don Juan Quixote (Zlatomir Fung); Sollima: Violoncelles vibrez! (Sollima, Istvan Vardai, and SAKURA); Costanzi: Concerto in G major (Giovanni Sollima); Costanzi: Concerto in F major (Giovanni Sollima)

PICF '20 Masterclass with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt

German cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt presents a masterclass. Central to the ethos of the Festival are the masterclasses, in which the artists/teachers work with individual cello students in a public forum. Audience members can observe their teaching and hear some of the best young cellists from around the world.

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