Cello Biënnale (photo Melle Meivogel)

National Cello Competition

First Round
Sat 2 Nov 2024 10:30 - 12:30
Sat 2 Nov 2024
10:30 - 12:30


Matthias Bartolomey new work for cello solo
Compositions by Luigi Boccherini and Franz Schmidt


Fifteen young cello talents

The most exciting part of the Cello Biënnale

After a pre-selection, fifteen young cello talents get the opportunity to present themselves to an international jury throughout three competition rounds. For the first time, the First Round features a commissioned work by a non-Dutch composer. Matthias Bartolomey, a classically trained cellist who is equally renowned as a virtuoso rock cellist, will test the versatility of the participants through his composition. The classical benchmark for the jury, as is tradition for this competition, will be the Boccherini sonata. Hanz Schmidt’s little salon piece will show the lyricism and sense of style among the players.

The jury of the National Cello Competition 2024 is made up of: Matthias Bartolomey, Kristina Blaumane, Frans Helmerson, Reinhard Latzko, Raphaël Pidoux, Ella van Poucke, Sven Arne Tepl (chair) and Patty Hamel (secretary).