TUTTI CELLI CONTENTS-- volume 5, issue 3

What's New at ICS ** 3,900 members, Feuermann thesis, Screen Saver **

Message from the Editor

Membership Letters

ICS Exclusive Interview

Membership Spotlight

Feature Article

Student Report

Festival Report

ICS Award Website

ICS Forum/Cello Chat Board

Music Festival Watch

ICS Library

Activities and Announcements William Pleeth Dies

Other Internet Music Resources


ICS has almost 3,900 members! There are two new countries represented by our membership -- Cameroon and Paraguay -- for a total of 74.

We have finished uploading Brinton Smith's excellent Doctoral Thesis on Emanuel Feuermann. Through his detailed analysis of recordings, editions, films, and interviews, Brinton gives us insight into Feuermann's artistic process.

Marshall St. John has created an ICS screensaver that cycles through beautiful pictures of cellos, and has a famous photograph of Pablo Casals at the White House during the Kennedy administration.

We have changed our Cello Chat board provider. We have done this in an effort to help prevent those blatantly inappropriate posts that occasionally appear.

We have added a new ICS staff member, Todd French, our Auction/Instrument Specialist. He will be active in the Cello Chat board, and will host our new bulletin board, "Instruments and Equipment." If you have any questions about an instrument's history, value, or construction, he is an excellent resource. He is a professional cellist (Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra), Director of Fine Musical Instruments at Butterfield and Butterfield's, and co-founder and chief instrument designer of StringWorks.


I would like to share with you my feelings of gratitude for your involvement in the Internet Cello Society. Our mission statement -- "The Internet Cello Society (ICS) is an international, cyber community of cellists dedicated to the sharing of the knowledge and joy of cello playing with enthusiasts from around the world" -- is being realized more and more, not counting the occasional Cello Chat skirmish (naughty, naughty, you Cello Chatters). We are rapidly building a web of cellists around the world which, if one member goes silent, his or her absence is more likely to be felt by the rest of us. I recently experienced this when I learned of the passing of William Pleeth; I truly felt a sense of loss. I also saw evidence of this on the Cello Chat board, where many noticed when one of the regulars disappeared. No, we don't want to form a Borg-like collective, where we are all of one mind, but we do want to nurture a sense of connection between individual members, communities, and countries.

Thank you all for your active support.

Tim Finholt


>> I am a 16 year old cello student at the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts. I am also an amateur herbalist. I have worked out an herbal remedy that is both very effective and completely safe. A mixture of Red Clover and Gotu Kola herbs is an excellent remedy for stage fright. The Red Clover is a light sedative that is given mainly to infants; it will calm nerves without inducing drowsiness. The Gotu Kola increases oxygen flow to the brain; stimulating concentration and improving reflexes. Also, being a cellist, I have developed treatments for ailments and injuries resulting from playing a string instrument up to and including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a condition that I suffer from.


(Editor's Note: Please note that the above remedies, if safe and effective, which Internet Cello Society has not verified, may treat the above symptoms. They do not address the root causes of such symptoms, however. In conjunction with any medicinal/medical treatments, we suggest that you spend time exploring the potential causes of your stage fright, carpal tunnel syndrome, or any other emotional and physical challenges associated with playing the cello.)

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Concert cellist Dimitry Markevitch's interests cover a variety of areas, including musicology, research into stylistic traditions, and teaching. He is a member of the American Musicological Society and the Société Française de Musicologie. He founded the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales (IHEM) in Switzerland. He discovered the Westphal and Kellner manuscripts of the Bach Suites, which had eluded musicologists for decades. He published his own edition of the Bach Suites (in its 3rd edition), which incorporates these manuscripts as well as the Magdalena. In 1964 he presented his edition in recital in Carnegie Hall in New York, playing all six suites in a single concert. He discovered two unknown works by Ludwig van Beethoven: the Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Opus 64, and the Kreutzer Sonata, transcribed for cello by Czerny. He has also worked on editions of works by Mussorgsky, De Falla, Stravinsky, and Shostakovitch. Dimitry Markevitch is the author of "Cello Story" (which he is now updating), a book on the cello, its history, repertoire and famous players. He was a pioneer in the rediscovery of "authentic" instrumental techniques, performing works composed prior to the 19th century on a baroque cello. He has particularly explored the works for the unaccompanied cello and wrote a book on the subject, "The Solo Cello," which he is also updating. He was the first to record the complete Kodály Opus 8 Solo Cello Sonata as well as two sonatas for cello and piano by Louis Abbiate with Bernard Ringeissen. In 1992 he recorded the Bach Cello Suites and made the first recording of the Seven Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Beethoven (the usual five plus the Opus 17, in its original version for cello, and the Opus 64). He has an extensive cello library that includes over 3,000 scores, for which a catalog has been published.

TF: You studied with Maurice Eisenberg, author of "Cello Playing of Today" and one of Pablo Casals' protégés. How was he as a teacher?

DM: He was marvelous. Thanks to him I have a very solid technique to this day. I began my studies with him when I was 7 years old at the Ecole Normale in Paris and graduated at age 14 with what they call the "Licence de Concert."

Eisenberg was a wonderful cellist. As a child, he started on the violin and then switched to the cello. He had studied with Julius Klengel and Hugo Becker in Germany, Alexanian in Paris, and finally Casals. During the time he taught me, before World War II, he concertized quite a bit. When he was on tour, Alexanian would take over his class at the École Normale. Later, Eisenberg taught at the Longy School and Juilliard. He was a very progressive cellist, playing first performances of many contemporary works.

Through Eisenberg, I had the opportunity to meet Pablo Casals when I was 8 years old or so. Eisenberg introduced me to Casals, saying, "Here is a young man who would like to play like you one day." Casals had a very intelligent reply, saying, "I hope he will play like himself."

After Eisenberg, I went to Piatigorsky. I had the benefit of two schools -- first the Casals school through Eisenberg and then the Russian school through Piatigorsky. I was very fortunate.

TF: When I listen to discussions of the great cellists of the early 20th Century, I usually hear two names: Casals and Feuermann. Piatigorsky doesn't seem to be mentioned as much.

DM: This is a pity because, for me, he's the greatest of all! If you haven't heard Piatigorsky perform live you don't know what the cello can sound like. Today we have Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma, but I still have in my ear Piatigorsky's sound, which was very warm, generous, and powerful.

He also had a fantastic technique, which nobody has matched to this day. As an example, nobody can do flying staccato the way he did. He could do it up and down bow with no difficulty at all. He showed me how to do it when I was 12 or 13 years old and I can still do it today thanks to him. Rostropovich can't do it, which I find interesting, since it means that the Russian school has somehow lost this facility. If you listen to some of Piatigorsky's old records you will hear his phenomenal technique.

He was a very gifted and instinctive player and always played from his heart, but he was also very interested in finding original editions and manuscripts. He strove to play in an "authentic" manner, way before it became fashionable. Thanks to Piatigorsky and his desire to go back to original editions and manuscripts, the historian, Yves Gérard, thoroughly researched Boccherini and his music and wrote a large volume on the composer, just as Köchel did for Mozart. People forget Piatigorsky's deep commitment to trying to understand the composers' original intentions.

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I started playing the cello in the second grade in Syracuse, New York. My high school, West Genesee, had a great orchestra and I'm sure we played major orchestral pieces similar to those currently being played by smaller city orchestras. Nonetheless, our conductor, John Whitney, also encouraged several of us to partake in "jazz lab" or to participate in pit orchestras. In addition, we were fortunate to have major jazz and rock musicians come and play with us (Jeff Tyzik, for example).

While I thoroughly enjoyed my studies with my cello teacher, what struck me was that a cellist could also play music outside the mainstream classical genre. Consequently, when I went on to college at St. Bonaventure University, I signed up for jazz band, where I was the only string player. In addition, some friends and I used to play at several of the coffeehouses -- two guitars and a cello -- playing music from the Moody Blues to Peter Frampton.

At the age of 34, I have just finished my biggest gig -- a rock concert at our church attended by over 400 people. I was on stage with my cello and the rest of my band, which consists of two guitarists, a bass guitarist, a keyboardist, a drummer, a violinist, and a vocalist. Okay, you may think I am crazy, but several in the audience forgot how many 70's, 80's and 90's rock and roll tunes used cello and they thoroughly enjoyed what we performed! We played 18 songs total -- songs from the Moody Blues (who wrote many great ones with cello), Doobie Brothers, REM, U2, and the great "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas. I still enjoy classical music and play it occasionally. However, there is nothing like reaching an audience of 17-70 year olds in one night by breaking out the cello in this fashion. No matter how we use it and in what capacity, it's still the cello!



The adoption of western instruments in the Chinese orchestra is a fairly recent phenomenon. To a person previously only accustomed to western symphony orchestral music and watching a performance by a modern Chinese orchestra for the first time, the very sight of cellos and double basses may seem incredible. However, the function of the cello in a Chinese orchestra, much like the violin in an Indian orchestra, has diverged slightly from the parent musical tradition.

To begin with, in a Chinese orchestra, the cello has a function to perform that is not present in the western symphony orchestra -- to support the plucked string section. As such, pizzicato passages feature much more prominently in Chinese orchestral pieces than is normal in the western symphonic repertoire. Together with the double bass and other low pitched plucked string instruments such as the "da ruan" and "da sanxian," the cello often gives a strong resounding down-beat in pieces featuring adapted folk tunes that require characteristic off-beat ostinato accompaniments from the plucked string instruments. (e.g. "Autumn Moon" ).

However, the bass lines in most Chinese orchestral pieces have rarely approached the complexity of the western symphonic repertoire. Some pieces, especially those that are adaptations of traditional folk tunes, seldom even require the use of the bow. As such, Chinese orchestra cellists have often been ridiculed by their counterparts in the western symphony orchestras for their poor mastery of bow technique. This prejudice, however, arose from conscious contempt as well as snobbery, and the justification may be only partly true in amateur Chinese orchestras of mediocre standards. Although technically not a plucked string instrument, the cello is regarded as an integral part of the plucked string section. In the Chinese orchestra, the cellist always sits with the plucked string section.

Consequently, the cello has always been criticized for having been under-utilized in the Chinese orchestra. Even when use of the bow is called for, it is usually only to double the melodies played by the bowed string section, (e.g. "Dance of the Yao People"), or to reinforce long drawn out notes that are played by the plucked strings. Some will regard this as a perversion of the instrument's capability, while others see it as a result of the assimilation of a musical instrument from another culture that has adapted to a vastly different musical tradition. A handful of Chinese orchestral music composers have written fine bass lines. These include the works of Liu Wen Jin (notably the "Great Wall Capriccio") and Liu Ming Yuan. One outstanding work by the latter is "On the Prairie," which has a part for the cello that imitates the tone of the "matouqin," a traditional Mongolian bowed string instrument. The fast passage that follows is reminiscent of a typical Baroque basso continuo line.

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(Editor's Note: This interview was originally published in the October 1993 Seattle Violoncello Society newsletter)

The following interview is with a recent graduate from a prestigious music academy on the East Coast. In order to encourage total honesty, I agreed to make the interview anonymous. He presents a not often talked about aspect of the music world: the competitive and political side of music. Watch how his attitude changes from his young idealistic years to now, a professional level cellist, who must try to survive in a highly competitive field of other hungry musicians. Usually we read giddy, "music is so wonderful" pieces from people who have a job and are successful. But what about those who haven't made it yet? This is not a "sour-grapes" account, however; I like to think that it's balanced with a clear love of music. He is an excellent cellist and I have full confidence that he will find his rightful place in the music profession.

TF: You were a music student and now you are looking for a job. How does the job market look out there for a musician?
BD: Scary. There aren't too many jobs and those who have the orchestra jobs are holding onto them. There are many more applicants than spaces, so the competition is fierce.
TF: What about chamber music?
BD: That's even worse. It's almost impossible to get four people together who have the same goal musically. As far as freelancing, only a small percentage of people can make a living doing that. And then freelancing is frustrating because there isn't any time to mold a piece and carve it into something you're proud of, so you don't get the same fulfillment that you get from a professional quartet. But freelancing does give you a lot of freedom and you get to travel a lot. Unfortunately, there aren't too many open doors anywhere, and the doors that are open are being swamped.
TF: How did you get started in music?
BD: Like most people, because of a love of music. Music was a beautiful art, an ideal way to express myself. All I saw when I was younger were the good sides of it. The great thing about playing music when you are younger is that you are playing pieces for the first time. In youth orchestras you have 150 people who are experiencing a Rachmaninoff or a Mahler symphony for the first time. You share an incredible love and excitement with the other young musicians. Some of the greatest experiences occur when you're young.
TF: In high school, it was fun and you were with other interesting people. You weren't thinking of it in terms of a way to make a living.
BD: It was more of a hobby. It was something I loved but did on the side. I wasn't sure if music was what I wanted to do with my life. It was just something that I enjoyed.

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I had the good fortune of being involved with the last year's New Directions Cello Association Festival at the University of Connecticut. The vibe was very nice -- the venue is already a hotbed of cello activity during the rest of the year thanks to cello instructor May Lou Ryland and her camp of very talented students. The hall is great -- good sight lines, good acoustics, good piano, and good audio equipment.

Originally, I submitted my works for multiple cellos, "Things Past," and was hoping to hear back from them as to whether or not they'd like to include them on the cello Big Band program. Well, not only did they respond in the affirmative, they asked me to conduct the whole cello Big Band program! What a treat that was, with all kinds of cellists (electric, acoustic, country, jazz, and rock backgrounds) coming together to read and perform works by cellist composers.

There was a lot going during the festival's three days. Max Dyer came from Texas with his trio PICO (cello, piano & drums) -- sort of a fusion, funk, jazz sound. Max has a classical background with special interests in jazz, folk, renaissance and Indian music. Aaron Minsky and his trio kicked you-know-what in a more rockin' vein, using many of his own arrangements. Hank Roberts came with his trio from Ithaca to spice things up with music from folk to avant garde. He also gave a master class, as did Eugene Friesen, Jami Sieber and Akua Dixon (these cellists all gave night-time concerts as well). Sieber plays an electric cello, a 5-string Jensen, which was of great interest to many -- great for arpeggios, and you don't even have to get out of first position for anything if you don't want to. Dixon did a jazz set of some great classic jazz composers. And Trevor Extor did a great afternoon of Brazilian music.

There were companies present who showed off the latest in electric cellos and accoutrements, sheet music, tapes, and CDs. My personal favorite discovery: Sean Grissom's STOPPIN, the best little end-pin holder I've ever seen -- looks like a high-tech eraser and holds on any surface. I still get people asking me about it everywhere I go. Most of all, it was a high to just be around a lot of cellists who think there's a lot more to cello than just etudes, concertos, and orchestra playing.

This June, New Directions Cello Association will again present three days of festival at UConn Storrs, with Dave Baker, Nioka Workman, John Pointer, and myself (leading the Big Band cellos, giving a workshop on getting the bow moving, and a concert of Scottish music). Such variety under one roof! I hope you'll attend this June 11-13, 1999. New Directions Cello Association & Festival, 501 Linn St., Ithaca, NY 14850-3764


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>> I'm having a few problems with a forced, nasal, thin sound when I play on the A string around 4th and 5th position. My teacher tells me that I need to relax, but this doesn't seem to help. I 'd really appreciate any tips. Mothas Pat White replies: Here is an exercise I share with my students: You need to learn to 'channel' your strength properly, because one does need strength and force to play well, yet one also has to be relaxed, which may seem like a contradiction. It is difficult to find the balance between the two. First, think of your shoulders and back as the "power source." With the index finger of your left hand, trace a line from the shoulder of your bow arm down through the inside (left side closest to the body, but on the top) of the arm to the inside of the hand and straight to the index finger. I like to have my students summon to their memory that car commercial which shows a ball-bearing running smoothly along the outer lines of the car. That line you just traced is the 'line of power'. The power of your back and shoulders travels through your arm to your first finger. So, think of your arm as a 'pipeline'. A pipeline can get clogged, right? What clogs the pipeline of the arm? Tension. If there is tension in your arm, the power cannot get through. Now, here comes the exercise part: Once the line of power has been established, you should have the first finger feeling quite firm on the bow grip. This is your 'point of contact'. With the bow in mid-string, press so that the stick actually comes down and touches the hair. That takes pressure, and you need to channel that pressure down the 'line of power.' While the stick is pressed to the hair, relax your arm and try these three tests: 1. Can you roll your shoulders in a relaxed, complete revolution --- with the stick still pressed and the bow not wobbling? 2. Can you lift and lower your elbow, as if you are flying --- with the stick still pressed and the bow not wobbling? 3. Can you remove fingers 2,3, & 4 from the bow, leaving only thumb and index, and wave with fingers 2,3, &4? With the stick still pressed and the bow not wobbling? IF YES, then you are correctly channeling the power. IF NO, then keep at it until the answer changes to YES! In the Prelude of the 1st Suite, Anner Bylsma slows down and decrescendos the phrase (beginning at 6 measures before the end) leading into that G-B-D, G-B-G-B section. Then, right before the final chord, he decrescendos a bit. On the final chord, Bylsma uses almost no vibrato, and holds the G a tiny bit longer than the B. I love all of this, but I am wondering what others think of these ideas, particularly the decrescendo into the phrase into the last section. It seems to be, though I hesitate to use the word, 'unconventional'. I really like it! What do you think? Laura Wichers Ludvig from Oslo replies: Many of the things that Bylsma does should not be explained in terms of decrescendo, holding a note a little bit longer, and so on. It's all about the breathing, the living pulse, which takes harmonic tension into consideration. It's not about metronome markings and such. The Early Music scene is respected because it "swings." It swings because the players never use a metronome. Instead they dance. Listenfeelit is all jazz!

>>Are the Popper Etudes worth the trouble? It is often difficult to know when I am playing the right notes, since the music is hard to understand, like in Etude #6. Anonymous

Bob replies: Popper's melodic language oftentimes follows no rules that can be discerned. Many of the passages are based on finger patterns, and are impossible to "hear" off the page. Thus, you have to simply play everything slowly and often enough so that it sticks in your ear through sheer repetition. Playing them on the piano is a good idea, as is playing it an octave or two lower on the cello. With slow, careful practice I'm sure you'll nail it. Having said that, I want to put forth the heretical notion that studying truckloads of Popper etudes isn't the best use of one's time. I say this as one who has done so, and compelled many, many hapless students to do so as well. But as I grow older and wiser, and see what sorts of things are really important on the cello, I feel like I may have misspent a lot of time and energy. Popper is almost exclusively focused on the left hand -- a comparison with the Piatti or Franchomme Caprices shows what is lacking. But even taking him for what he offers, the question is: what's that? Which Popper etude prepares you for the double-stops in the first movement of the Saint-Saens concerto? The killer orchestra excepts like the Beethoven 5th or Brahms 2d? I know many cellists who played Popper & Gruetzmacher etudes like I never could, but who were still out of tune in the Bach Suites. Etude #6 will not make your Haydn or Dvorak concerto any easier, it won't do squat for your bow technique or sound in general (any more than playing fast scales with detache bowing will), and at the end of the day all you'll have learned is a sui generis melodic passage that requires some unique hand contortions. I'm not recommending we throw the book away. Some of this kind of stuff (Gruetzmacher too, whose crazy acrobatics are even worse) is necessary to build agility, problem-solving, and confidence in the upper register. But more and more, in my teaching, I've started substituting orchestra and chamber music excerpts for etudes. This is "real world" work, which doesn't get bogged down in theoretical abstractions, and has a quicker payoff for the student, i.e. they can immediately use what they've learned in their cello lives. A rich and varied scale life (including both melodic & harmonic minors, arpeggios, and 3rds and 6ths), using different rhythms, bowings, and fingerings should be the bulk of a cellist's technique work. There have been several posts here commenting/wondering how Carter Brey went so far after starting cello in his mid-teens. One reason he went so far is that he practiced (and still may) scales for 2 hours every day. Rose, too, worked like a dog on his basic technique throughout his life. So if you're really a "scale junkie," you do a sensible amount of Popper et al., and you regularly work on excerpts, you may consider yourself a well-rounded, well-trained player.

Heather replies: Those objecting to etudes say that they are unmusical, mechanical, and unnecessarily repetitious, and that the same technical results can be achieved using solos and excerpts. I agree that etudes aren't great music. But they do provide well-rounded practice on ALL technical aspects of the instrument (You play many series of etudes by different composers, thus ameliorating the problem Bob mentioned about Popper only focusing on one area). Etudes build a solid, well-rounded technical foundation that is simultaneously transferred to solos/excerpts, which are an integral part of the diet also. I'd never suggest playing only etudes, yuk! Basically, I fear that if I ONLY played scales, my little solos (turnover every 2 months or so) and orchestra parts (one concert per semester), then I'd progress very slowly indeed.



"Music Making at Hiersac"
ellist Wolfgang Laufer, May 16-23, 1999, in France. www.yukonho.com/musicmaking

Hot Springs Music Festival,
Arkansas, a chance for young musicians to perform alongside seasoned professionals. May 27-June 13. www.hotmusic.org

New Directions Cello Festival
Univ of Connecticut at Storrs, June 11-13, 1999. http://www.clarityconnect.com/webpages/ndca/festival/fest99/index.htm

Salisbury Symphony presents Cello-Fest '99,
Friday June 11 at Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina. Contact Sarah Hall at sfhall@catawba.edu.

California ASTA Summer Institute of Chamber Music University of Redlands. Victor Sazer, Artistic Director June 27-July 3 1999 vsazer@earthlink.net, or call (310) 391-9787

Third Australasian International Cello Festival and Competition
Christchurch, New Zealand July 19-25, 1999 E-mail: a.ivashkin@music.canterbury.ac.nz

The Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival,
Lubeck, Germany, July 11 - Aug 29, 1999 www.shmf.de/mk-index-e.html

Cellibash '99 St Augustine,
Florida, August 2-7, 1999 http://home.att.net/~pineda/cellibash.html

International Cello Encounter Rio de Janeiro,
August 2 - 10, 1999 E-mail: dvichew@domain.com.br

4th Cello-Festival in Kronberg
(near Frankfurt) Germany, October 21-24. Help celebrate Janos Starker's 75th birthday with a program highlighting Hungarian cello music. Concerts, masterclasses, films, lectures, exhibitions. Performers include Berger, Hoffman, Isserlis, Kliegel, Maisky, Perenyi, Pergamenschikow, Starker, Tsutsumi and the Cellissimo Ensemble. Details from IKACello@aol.com.

Starker Cello Class
The Indiana University School of Music will be presenting the Janos Starker Cello Class from July 15 - 18, 1999. This class is open to professional cellists, established ensembles, students, teachers, and advanced amateurs. Chamber groups (more than two players) will receive a tuition discount. Pianists (for duos) do not have to register or pay tuition. The class covers all periods for cello and ensembles with cello. Auditors are welcome in the class. Practice facilities will be available for performers. Qualified pre-college cellists will be accepted; however, dormitory housing is not available for participants under 21. Pre-college participants should be accompanied by a parent or special arrangements should be made for housing and general welfare. For more information contact: Office of Special Programs, Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, IN 47405. Phone: 812-855-1814 Fax: 812-855-9847 E-mail: musicsp@indiana.edu.

Irene Sharp Cello Seminar,
June 14-18, 1999 Mannes College of Music, New York Phone: (650) 493-1545, FAX: (650) 858-2075 ISharp@PacBell.net

Margaret Rowell Cello Seminar,
June 7-11, 1999 San Francisco Conservatory of Music Phone: (415) 759-3454, FAX: (415) 759-3499 cin@sfcm.edu, http://www.sfcm.edu

Workshops at Summer Keys
The Cello Workshop at SummerKeys opened its doors in 1995, utilizing the same basic precept as the original piano program: an intensive practice/study vacation for busy adults (who rarely have this kind of time to devote to their instrument during the rest of the year) in a breathtakingly beautiful setting, with half of each day available for sightseeing. August 23 - 27; August 30 - September 3, 1999 http://www.nemaine.com/summerkeys/cello.htm

Festival in Holland
May 13-16, 1999, in Dordrecht, the oldest town of Holland, there will be a marvelous cello festival. About 120 Cellists, amateur and professionals at the age from 8 till 80 meet each other in the very beautiful center of the town. There are daily master classes, lessons, and workshops. In the evening there are two recitals in the Church of the Augustins. The following international famous artists are coming to teach and play: Harro Ruijsenaars, Ernst Reijseger, Larissa Groeneveld, Zvi Maschkowski, Monique Bartels, Floris Mijnders, Lucia Swarts. The fee for the festival, including all concerts is f195,00. There is possibility to live with host families. For more information, please, call the Music School, Phone 31.78.6484563, or fax 31.78.6484566

And looking further ahead:

Manchester International Cello Festival, Manchester U.K. May 3-7, 2000.

World Cello Congress III, Baltimore, Maryland May 28 - June 4, 2000 www.towson.edu/~breazeal/cello.htm

Leonard Rose International Cello Competition and Festival, College Park, Maryland July 19-28, 2001. www.inform.umd.edu/rossboroughfestival/rose

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1. William Pleeth has died

British cellist William Pleeth died on April 6, 1999, at the age of 83. He was one of the great cellists and pedagogues of the 20th Century. Although probably best known as the teacher of Jacqueline du Pre, he had an outstanding performing career, especially with the Allegri Quartet, which he founded in 1952. Robert Cohen and his son, baroque cellist Anthony Pleeth, are among his other well-known students. He also wrote a wonderful book called, "Cello," which is part of the Yehudi Menuhin Music Guide series.

2. Shafran Memorial Fund

British cellist Steven Isserlis has launched a memorial fund to raise money for a gravestone for Russian cellist, Daniil Shafran, who died in 1997. The estimated cost is $4,000. Contributions (preferably in sterling) should be made payable to "The Daniil Shafran Memorial Fund," and sent to:

"The Daniil Shafran Memorial Fund" Barclays Bank, PO Box 961, 128 Moorgate, London EC2M 6SX, UK. Bank Account No: 70035645, sort code 20.32.00 Steven Isserlis c/o Harrison Parrot Ltd. macbethg@btinternet.com

3. Webber Sabbatical

British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is taking a sabbatical during the 1999-2000 season. He plans to use the time to explore new cello repertoire and to work on the new pieces that Philip Glass and James MacMillan are writing for his 50th birthday in April 2001.

4. Alan Harris at Eastman

Alan Harris has returned to a full-time position with the Eastman School of Music, where he taught full-time from 1965 to 1976, and was a part-time visiting professor in the 1980's and '90's. Most recently, Harris taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

5. Yo-Yo Ma Grammy

Yo-Yo Ma won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album for his CD, "Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla."

6. Contest Winner

Polish cellist, Rafal Kwiatkowski, age 20, was a winner in the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

7. World Cello Congress Composition Contest

The World Cello Congress III will be awarding a $5,000 prize in its International Composer's Competition. The winning composition will be played by a cello ensemble of more than 200 players on June 3, 2000, at the conclusion of the Congress. Compositions must be received by November 1, 1999. See http://www.towson.edu/~breazeal/cello.htm for more information.

8. Starker Celebration

Indiana University School of Music and the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center cordially invite all cellists to participate in a gala event September 14, 1999 honoring Janos Starker on the occasion of his 75th birthday. The celebration's main events will include a concert featuring Janos Starker, William Preucil, Jr., Gary Hoffman, Maria Kliegel, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Mstislav Rostropovich conducting the Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra. A mass cello-ensemble will crown the festivities and every one is encouraged to participate. Emilio Colon Executive Vice President Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center Indiana University School of Music Bloomington, Indiana 47405 Office: (812) 855-6644 Fax: (812) 855-4936 email: cello@indiana.edu http://www.music.indiana.edu/som/ejmccf/


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