Day of the cello

22 Oct 2018

The Day of the Cello on Sunday 14 October focused on the instrument of the year 2018: in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie and the adjoining foyers, visitors were able to discover the multifaceted nature of the cello in concerts, lectures and a wide range of informative events. In glorious autumn weather, more than two thousand people of all ages attended the many cello-related events. The day started with a family concert by the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, patrons of the 2018 instrument of the year. The introductory cello class, in which the participants could experience how quickly they could achieve something on the instrument, was particularly popular with children and adults. The luthier’s workbench with a sawing template which is used to cut out the characteristic F-holes was also of great interest. In addition, many visitors came to the two lectures in the exhibition foyer and to the musical performances in the auditorium. As part of the Day of the Cello, organised by the Landesmusikrat Berlin in collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, the Berlin cello teacher Susanne Schmidt was awarded the Music School Award of the Musikschulbündnis (music school alliance).

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic
(Photo: Landesmusikrat Berlin/David Willems )