The Connacht Hotel


Cellissimo, a major new international triennial cello festival, will celebrate one of the world’s most beloved and versatile instruments in all its diversity. 

Star cellists from all over the world will gather in Galway including Mischa Maisky (Russia), Giovanni Sollima (Italy), Nicolas Altstaedt (France/Germany), Adrian Brendel (British), Tatjana Vassiljeva (Russia), Marc Coppey (France), Laura van her Heijden (UK),  Hannah Roberts (UK), Natalie Haas (Canada), Jakob Koranyi (Sweden), and Naomi Berrill (Ireland/Italy).

Experience the core artistic programme, which features three major orchestral concerts – the opening concert includes the Irish premiere of the Crouching Tiger Concerto by Tan Dun performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestraand conducted by the composer, while the Zagreb Soloists and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra present cello concertos by Haydn, Vivaldi and Elgar. There will be premieres of new cello concertos by Gerald Barry and Julia Wolfe, co-commissioned with the Amsterdam Cello Biennale.  Beethoven’s 250th anniversary will be marked by a performance of all five cello sonatas.

25 April–3 May

Galway City and County