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piatigorsky international cello festival

USC Thornton School of Music and the LA Phil present the inaugural Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, in partnership with The Colburn School and LACO. Our musicians serve as first chairs for the Festival Orchestra, and Jeffrey Kahane and Andrew Shulman conclude the Festival’s Recital Series alongside internationally celebrated cellists.

The Festival brings together masters of the cello and young cellists from around the world for a unique celebration of the instrument. Twenty outstanding artists, representing ten countries, converge on Los Angeles for ten days to share their artistry and teaching experience through orchestral concerts, chamber music performances, master classes and interactive events.

Artistic director and acclaimed cellist Ralph Kirshbaum leads the festival, which honors the memory of Gregor Piatigorsky, one of the legends of the cello, who heralded a period of incredible vibrancy in the cultural life of Los Angeles when he settled in the city for the final years of his glittering international career. Six of his outstanding former students, Terry King, Laurence Lesser, Mischa Maisky, Jeffrey Solow, Nathaniel Rosen and Raphael Wallfisch, are participating in this festival together with his grandson, the cellist Evan Drachman.

Join LACO for an event that Jeffrey Kahane hails as “...another testament to Los Angeles’ vibrant musical life. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is a proud partner.”

LACO musicians participate
in the following concerts

opening concert

Friday Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm
Bovard Auditorium, USC
LACO Musicians

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Sunday Mar 18 @ 12 pm
Zipper Concert Hall
Antonio Lysy, cello
Evan Drachman, cello
Nathan Rosen, cello
Andrew Shulman, cello
Antoinette Perry, piano
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
John Rubinstein, narrator


To purchase tickets for individual events and multi-day passes as well as reduced student tickets, visit the Festival website. Tickets are not available to purchase through LACO.


USC Thornton School of Music and LA Phil
in partnership with The Colburn School of Music and LACO

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