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Belgium Cello Society launches new season with a concert on 2 October

21:39 27/09/2019

Following the success of its inaugural cello festival last year, the Belgium Cello Society has organised a season of concerts for 2019-2020.

World-renowned Latvian cellist Mischa Maisky and duo partner Lily Maisky will be playing at the Music Conservatory of Brussels on 2 October. The pair are to perform Britten and Piazzolla in a launch concert for their new Deutsche Grammophon album ‘Twentieth Century Classics’. The audience will have the opportunity to meet the artists for a CD signing at the end of the concert.

Cellist and Belgium Cello Society artistic director Han Bin Yoon pays tribute to audiences in Belgium for inspiring the concert series. “The first ever Brussels Cello Festival was a success beyond our wildest imagination and gave us the motivation to develop the annual season.

“I've heard that programming an inaugural season could be a nightmare, but I was fortunate to receive such warm support from all the wonderful cellists who will participate in this ambitious project, including legends such as Mischa Maisky, Gary Hoffman, Marie Hallynck, Young-Chang Cho, Frans Helmerson, and many more,” says Yoon.

Originally from South Korea, the Brussels-based cellist first came to Belgium for a residency at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. “I had no idea that I would end up falling in love with all the eccentricities of Belgian life and settling my roots here. After the 2017 Queen Elisabeth competition for cello, I was so impressed by the passion the Belgian public showed for the cello. I took this momentum to create the festival in 2018.”

Performing later in the season is Belgian cellist Marie Hallynck, who says: “It is a privilege to be part of the Belgium Cello Society, in the home country of Adrien-François Servais, one of the most important figures in the history of cello! Thanks to its totally devoted artistic director Han Bin Yoon, the cello has finally emerged onto the spotlight, where it really belongs.”

For more information about the programme, see the Facebook page here.

Mischa Maisky & Lily Maisky2 October, 20.00-22.00
Royal Conservatory of Brussels, 30 Boulevard du Régent, 1000 Brussels

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Written by The Bulletin