You Should Be Listening to Cello Music in L.A., and Here’s Why

We’re about to play host to one of the most innovative cello festivals in the country

Next week, some of the best cellists in the world will descend upon Los Angeles for a ten-day festival. The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival — named after the celebrated Ukranian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who spent much of his adult life in L.A. and taught at USC until his death in 1976 — will take place in downtown L.A. and at USC from May 13 – 22.

For L.A.-based musicians, the festival is an opportunity to study with some of the greatest artists in the world, at master classes hosted over the course of the ten days. For those of us who dropped the ball on our music lessons at a young age, it offers up a chance to see a rare combination of greats: Artists slated to perform include cello legend Yo-Yo Ma, as well as international superstars Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, and Sol Gabetta, among many others.

Concerts are happening daily and nightly throughout the week (the festival runs May 13 – 22), and take place at three primary locations: Bovard Auditorium at USC, Alfred Neuman Recital hall at USC, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown. Tickets are available here, and come in a variety of packages.

And PS, if you think you don’t like cello music, listen to this and try to tell us you’re so dead inside that you feel nothing.