Cello Focus

It was with great sadness that we at The Strad heard of the cancellation of the 2020 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, owing to uncertainly around the Covid-19 virus. As the event’s official media partner, The Strad has been closely involved with the festival since 2012 and we know the amount of effort that artistic director Ralph Kirshbaum and his team had put into this year's edition; it promised to be a truly magnificent celebration of the cello, featuring many of the world’s leading performers.

For this reason, The Strad has put together a digital tribute to the festival, including reports on previous Piatigorsky events and a selection of the best cello coverage from our extensive archive, in collaboration with our sponsors. Here, you will find articles on great cellists of the past, masterclasses by today’s leading performers on important cello repertoire, and some cello-related features (including some from our beloved In Focus series), all illustrated with high-quality photographs.

All content in this digital Cello Focus is free to view until 23 April 2020. We hope you enjoy!

Cellists

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Russian cellist Karine Georgian remembers lessons with Mstislav Rostropovich

An intense seven-year period of study at the Moscow Conservatoire was hugely influential

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Working from home: Slovak cellist Jozef Lupták mixes Bach, improvisation and singing

The Slovak cellist Jozef Lupták, artistic director of the Konvergenice festival in Bratislava, blends Bach, improvisation and singing

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Matthew Barley: How a skiing injury changed the way I play

The British cellist reveals how he overcame the shoulder complaint that threatened his career. From the January 2009 issue