Paul Marleyn, Artistic Director

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The first International Cello Festival of Canada took place June 15 - 19, 2011 as part of the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada celebration. 

These pages are an archive of that event. Agassiz Music Inc. and the Winnipeg Arts Council are currently planning the next International Cello Festival of Canada to take place in Winnipeg June 18 - 22. 2014. More details about this amazing event will be posted in early 2013. 


The 2011 International Cello Festival of Canada
June 15-19th, 2011

Honorary patron - Ralph Kirshbaum (USA)


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Our 2011 Cello Festival promises to be like no other Canadian festival! The Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 and the Agassiz team will be presenting the International Cello Festival of Canada 2011. It will be an extraordinary event, with a host of internationally celebrated cellists participating.

The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra will perform the world premiére of the Concerto for Two Cellos by the Vancouver-based composer Jocelyn Morlock, and the Final Gala Concert will be with the Winnipeg Symphony in Winnipeg’s Centennial Hall. The Festival will be presented in multiple venues across the city of Winnipeg. The Cello Festival will also include masterclasses with Frans Helmerson, Colin Carr, Natalia Gutman and Desmond Hoebig.

The Festival is also happy to announce a new cello award, the 2011 Zara Nelsova Memorial Award for Canadian Cellists, for cellists aged between 22 and 32. Information can be found here.

Find out more about Agassiz Music here.

Many thanks to our supporters:

Primary Private Sector Funder: The Winnipeg Foundation
Younger performers Program Sponsor: RBC
Sponsor: Manitoba Hydro
Sponsor: Assiniboine Credit Union
Sponsor: The University of Winnipeg
Sponsor: Telpay
Sponsor: Payworks
Sponsor: The Burns Family Fund
Sponsor: L.B. Holdings Ltd.
Sponsor: The Gail Asper Family Foundation Inc.
Sponsor: The Kuhl Foundation
Sponsor: Paul Hahn Cello Fund
Sponsor: Mann Financial Assurance
Additional Government support provided by:






We are still seeking sponsors for this event!  To find out how to sponsor us, visit our Sponsorship and Donor Opportunities page.

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