For 25 years, from 1995 – 2019, the New Directions Cello Festival held an annual festival dedicated to new uses of the cello. We created an international forum for the exchange of music and ideas and fostered the growth of the cello in all styles beyond classical music. The cello can now be seen and heard in countless genres of music around the globe.

Our Festivals

For 25 years, from 1995 – 2019, the New Directions Cello Festival held an annual festival dedicated to new uses of the cello.

We created an international forum for the exchange of music and ideas and fostered the growth of the cello in all styles beyond classical music. The cello can now be seen and heard in countless genres of music around the globe. Over the years, more than 100 guest...

25th Annual New Directions Cello Festival

New Directions Cello Festival Berklee College of Music Boston, MA June 21 – 23, 2019 The guest artists were: Stephan Braun & Deep Strings, Helen Gillet, Matthieu Saglio, Stephen Katz, Eric Wright with Mairi Rankin, Vincent Courtois & Love of Life Trio and...

24th Annual New Directions Cello Festival 2018

English German 24th annualNew Directions Cello FestivalHochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln // WDR Funkhaus Köln (Cologne), Germany July 13-15, 2018 Exploring the current state of non-classical cello music.Featuring:Reijseger Fraanje Sylla (NL/Senegal), Martin Meléndez...

24th Annual New Directions Cello Festival 2018 – German Version

English German 24th annual New Directions Cello Festival Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln // WDR Funkhaus Köln (Cologne), Germany July 13-15, 2018 Exploring the current state of non-classical cello music. Featuring: Reijseger Fraanje Sylla (NL/Senegal), Martin...

23rd Annual New Directions Cello Festival 2017

Photos by William Staffeld, Dave Phillips & Josanna Crookston 23rd annual New Directions Cello Festival Ithaca College, Ithaca NY June 16-18, 2017 Exploring the current state of non-classical cello music. Featuring: Malcolm Parson...