The Cello Fresno International Music Festival Returns

The 2017 Cello Fresno International Music Festival will take place October 5-8 on the campus of California State University, Fresno.

Cello Fresno provides training and performance opportunities for advanced student and young professional cellists. Led by a faculty of world-renowned musicians, the four-day festival features master classes, clinics, solo competitions, and several concert performances open to the public. Many of these events feature free admission.

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Friday, October 6, 8pm

Cello Mania Concert
Cal State Fresno Department of Music Concert Hall

Admission: $5-$15
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Seven top cellists from throughout the United States join together for an amazing performance of works for cello and orchestra.

works by Bragato, Brahms, Bruch, Dvořák, Elgar, Offenbach, Popper, Saint-Saëns, and Suppé

featuring solo performances by members of the Cello Fresno faculty

Fresno State Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Loewenheim, conductor

Sunday, October 8, 4pm

Gala Concert
Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall

Free admission.

Experience two rare cello concerti performed by master cellists Clive Greensmith and Thomas Loewenheim. You'll also hear performances by the winners of the Festival's Cello Competition and both of the Festival's Cello Ensembles.

Thomas Loewenheim will perform Hans Pfitzner's lost cello concerto, written in 1888. Found only a few years ago, this magnificent, expressive concerto was one of the composer's earliest works. Pfitzner was one of the leading composers and conductors in prewar Germany, but his musical life was complicated by the Nazis as he struggled to supporting the nation and culture he loved in the face of the regime's violence towards colleagues and students.

Clive Greensmith will present the world premiere of the first movement of Hungarian cellist and composer Pal Hermann's recently reconstructed Cello Concerto, written in the 1920s. Pal Hermann died in the Holocaust, leaving the work unfinished. His family in Italy and Los Angeles have allowed the reconstruction of this cello concerto and will attend the world premiere in Fresno.

works by Goltermann, Hermann, Mendelssohn, Paganini, Pfitzner, and more

Clive Greensmith, cello
Thomas Loewenheim, cello
winners of the Festival Cello Concerto Competition

Cello Fresno ensembles

Fresno State Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Loewenheim, conductor

Cello Fresno Faculty

Artistic Directors

Thomas Loewenheim, Fresno State
Emilio Colon, Indiana University

Guest Faculty

Clive Greensmith, Colbourn School of Music
Uri VardiUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
Thomas LandschootArizona State University
Bongshin KoCSU Fullerton
Valerie WaldenCollege of the Sequoias
Brian SchuldtFelici Trio - Mammoth Lakes
Cara ColonCello Pedagogy Specialist


This Fresno-based classical music festival, featuring free concerts, other free events, and ticketed concerts, is sponsored by California State University of Fresno Music Department. Other support comes from the Youth Orchestras of Fresno. These organizations work together to provide world-class classical music performances and music education for Fresno and the other communities of California's Central Valley. Activities include music education programs, free music performances, guest artist performances, and other family-friendly events bringing culture and music to the Fresno area.