Cleveland Cello Society 2022-2023 Season

January 29, 2 pm:  Scholarship Winners' Recital

Guaranteed, as always, to be an inspiring afternoon.  Come hear the winners of the CCS 2022
Scholarship Competition --

Jean and Jim Triner Gold PrizeBenjamin Mekinulov (CIM, student of Melissa Kraut)

Silver Prize: Martha Sprague (CIM, student of Sharon Robinson)

Agnew Bach PrizeNathaniel Abreu (Oberlin Conservatory,  student of Dmitry Kouzov)

Senior Division: Fiona Tsang (CIM, student of Richard Weiss)

Junior Division George Knobeloch Edwards PrizeSonya Moomaw (Cincinnati, student of Sarah Kim);

Elementary Division Mary Margaret Kramer Prize:  Holden Gilbert (Cleveland, student of Pamela Kelly)


Hear some of Ohio’s best young cellists!

The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle

Thank you, thank you Maestro Mäkelä for the cello masterclass on Tuesday, February 7 in Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Music Center.

(L to R: masterclass participants Fiona Tsang, Eleanor Pompa, Klaus Mäkelä, Ben Mekinulov, Sonya Moomaw) 

Klaus Mäkelä offered an unforgettable experience for the four performers and everyone in the audience.  We are so grateful for the time he so generously provided the Cleveland Cello Society.   
In gratitude, we bestow upon Klaus Mäkelä status as a Lifetime Member of the Cleveland Cello Society!

The CCS also expresses gratitude to The Cleveland Orchestra for their generous support and collaboration in organizing this masterclass.

Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Music Center - 11001 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

March 24, 7 pm: i Cellisti! 2023

Our very popular annual cello extravaganza (and scholarship fundraiser) features Cleveland’s own, Mark Kosower, Principal Cellist of The Cleveland Orchestra (and President of the CCS), playing two works for solo cello: Serenade by Hans Werner Henze, and Lamentations, Black/Folk Song Suite by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Mark will then be joined by six additional cellists (!) to play a rarely-heard ensemble transcription of the Lalo Cello Concerto.

We’ll close with a very grand finale involving any and all cellists attending, in a mass performance of a familiar and beloved piece, Randall Thompson’s Alleluia, a perennial i Cellisti! favorite. If you have never experienced the thrill of playing in a cello ensemble, this is your opportunity! See performance notes below.*

Oh ye cellists of NE Ohio, please join us. It is an amazing experience to sit in the midst of a sea of vibrating cellos, and we want all of you to experience it! We cannot think of a better way to realize the CCS mission: to “foster greater appreciation for and enjoyment of the cello.”

This unique concert is not to be missed: it could very well be the largest cello event in all of Ohio in 2023. And all proceeds from ticket sales provide the funds for the CCS Scholarships!

Suggested donation:
$35 Adult
$10 Student
$100 i Cellisti! patron

St. Paul's Episcopal Church - 2747 Fairmount Boulevard

April 14, 7 pm: Santiago Cañón-Valencia, solo cello recital

LatinUS Theater at the Pivot Center for Art Dance and Expression

2937 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

Praised as one of the most promising young cellists of his generation, Cañón-Valencia is a 2022 BBC Next Generation Artist, and winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Award at the 2019 International Tchaikovsky Competition.  The concert will include pieces by Hispanic/Latino composers (Ponce de Leon, Albeniz, Hoyos, Pinzon)  as well as Cañón-Valencia’s own composition.

$35, general admission
$100, Patron
$10 student tickets (ID confirmation at door)

LatinUS Theater at the Pivot Center for Art Dance and Expression - 2937 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113

April 30, noon-5pm: Annual CCS Scholarship Competition

The Cleveland Cello Society is pleased to announce its twenty-fifth annual scholarship competition, open to talented young cellists residing in the State of Ohio. Please remember that a candidate may not win twice in a given division (Elementary, Junior, Senior, Collegiate), but is welcome to audition in a new division when qualified to do so.  The competition is divided into four categories: applicants should review the requirements of each category carefully. The winners will be asked to perform on a Cleveland Cello Society recital to be scheduled during the 2023-24 season. 

The Music Settlement - 11125 Magnolia Drive, in University Circle