Start of the event:

May 8

Start of the event:



€ 18, € 24

Place of the event:

Klaipėda Concert Hall, Main Auditorium


Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius

Soloists: David Geringas (cello, Lithuania / Germany), Raphael Wallfisch (cello, United Kingdom), Jérôme Pernoo (cello, France)

Programme: Edward Elgar, William Walton, Gerald Finzi

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The opening concert of the festival will be like a colourful welcome salute, featuring an exceptional programme with some of the festival’s headliners. The programme of popular cello concerti composed by the British composers will feature the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius) and three outstanding soloists. David Geringas was born in Lithuania and is now a member of the world’s contemporary classical music elite, after whom the International Klaipėda Cello Competition (which, incidentally, opens today) was named in 2021. Raphael Wallfisch (UK) is one of the most recorded classical artists in the world. A BBC survey named Wallfisch’s recording of the Dvořák’s Cello Concerto the best recording of the work in the past 25 years. Jérôme Pernoo (France) is also a cellist with an impressive recording portfolio, who plays both the modern and baroque cello, and is frequently involved in artistic fusion projects. For instance, he has collaborated with the choreographer Régine Chopinot in a staged production of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello, which toured worldwide.

What a pleasure to immerse yourselves in mellifluous, dazzling and virtuosic music performed by such great musicians! The orchestra and soloists will spread the spirit of works by British composers Edward Elgar, Sir William Walton and Gerald Finzi, nostalgically reminiscent of the artistic energy of the early twentieth century, interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War, and revived today with renewed power.

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