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WestJet Airlines: We Challenge Your Policy on Seats for Musical Instruments

  Edited by CelloBello from the petition of January 30, 2016 Read this petition and the two blogs below it, and then, please... go to and sign this petition. We must insist WestJet stop bumping cellists off its flights! Nathan Chan, a young student cellist at the Juilliard School, was recently prevented from boarding a WestJet flight because he was traveling with his cello – even though he had purchased a ticket for the instrument in advance. WestJet, whose policy is clearly out of step with virtually all other airlines, refuses to budge, and thus prevents musicians from doing their jobs. In February 2014, the International Music Federation adopted a regulation facilitating the transport of musical instruments in cabins: F.I.M. Adopts regulations for musical instruments in cabins Then, [...]

By |2017-10-30T04:43:23+00:00January 30th, 2016|Categories: Cello Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |

Famed Cellist Angry That Canadian Airline’s Policy Banning Cellos from Cabin Still Unchanged

[Blogmaster’s note: If you are upset after reading this story and want to add your voice, please go to and sign the petition!] Paul Katz says he is ‘outraged’ after WestJet refused a cello in the cabin during a flight from Vancouver, four years after he received the same treatment. Reprinted from the Vancouver Metro, January 28, 2016 By Thandi Fletcher A renowned American cellist says he is “outraged” after hearing that WestJet refused to allow a young musician’s cello in the cabin during a recent flight from Vancouver, even though he bought an extra seat for the instrument. Nearly four years ago, Paul Katz says he received the same treatment. “I get angry,” he told Metro. “I just think WestJet is so indefensible, and their attitude is so cavalier. They’re just [...]

By |2017-10-30T04:43:49+00:00January 28th, 2016|Categories: Cello Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |

Walter W. Naumburg International Cello Competition 2015

The final round of the Naumburg 2015 International Cello Competition was held yesterday afternoon at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. The first-prize winner is Lev Sivkov. Mr. Sivkov, a native of Russia, is 25 years old and currently studies in Germany. Mr. Sivkov receives a cash award of $15,000 and two fully subsidized New York recitals. First-prize winner Lev Sivkov with pianist Evan Solomn Two cellists tied for second place. They are Jay Campbell, age 26, who is doing his post graduate studies at Juilliard, and Brannon Cho, age 21, who currently attends the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University. Both cellists receive a cash award of $7,500. Honorable mentions were also given to the Korean cellist Jee Hay Bae, 27 years old, who studies [...]

By |2017-10-30T04:53:31+00:00October 21st, 2015|Categories: Competition, News|Tags: , , |

Second Double Bass Smashed at Atlanta Airport This Week [SHOCK]

Reposted from the Violin Channel.   Only days after American bassist Karl Fenner published alarming photos on social media of his badly damaged instrument, following a US flight from Atlanta to Denver, University of Georgia faculty member, Milton Masciadri has today posted similar images of his beheaded double bass – following a flight via the same airport. Mr Masciardri has indicated he was travelling from Atlanta to Arkansas, on Monday when the neck of his 18th Century Carlo Antonio Testore double bass was severed in transit – believed to have been caused by a Transport Security Administration (TSA) officer failing to reattach the case restraining belt following a routine inspection. ‘In my case they failed to put the restraining belt on the neck of the bass after inspection,” Masciardri has scorned angrily on social media, ” … this is the second instrument broken [...]

By |2019-05-26T04:11:54+00:00September 29th, 2015|Categories: Cello Travel, News|Tags: , , , , |

Air Canada Announces Discount and Pre-Boarding Privileges for Musicians

  Enhancements to Policy on Musical Instruments We are happy to introduce a few enhancements to our carry-on baggage policy that will be of great interest to you if you travel with a musical instrument. In addition to our current policy that ensures items which meet our carry-on size requirements * can be brought on board and stored in the overhead bins or under the seat in front of you, we now offer a 50% discount off any fare, including the lowest available one, to customers who would like to purchase a seat to accommodate their musical instrument in the same cabin that they are booked in. […]

By |2018-11-30T20:27:42+00:00September 26th, 2015|Categories: Cello Travel|Tags: , , , |

Announcement: Postponement of Cello Competition of Beijing International Music Competition

Beijing International Cello Competition Cancelled Earlier this summer, Beijing cancelled the violin section, but not the cello section, of its international competition. So the thirty wonderful cellists from around the world who had passed the preliminary CD round have been practicing long hours all summer. To their shock and dismay, the cello competition, scheduled to begin September 8, was yesterday “postponed”  with the following letter to contestants: Announcement:  Postponement of Cello Competition of Beijing International Music Competition With great regret, Beijing E-Chengwen Company Limited, the organizer of Beijing International Music Competition (BJIMC) hereby announces that the Cello Competition 2015 scheduled on September 8, 2015 is postponed due to: 1. Government Policy Change—New Operational License Required BJIMC is required to apply for license of operation each time of competition to comply with government policy. [...]

By |2017-10-30T05:08:28+00:00August 25th, 2015|Categories: Competition|

CelloStream Artist Master Classes – Fall 2015

Streamed live from Pierce Hall at New England Conservatory in Boston COMING THIS FALL 2015 MARCY ROSEN Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 10 am EDT LLUÍS CLARET Sunday, October 11th 2015 1 pm EDT GARY HOFFMAN Sunday, October 18th 2015 1 pm EDT PETER STUMPF Tuesday, October 27th 2015 7 pm EDT To tune in for a live-viewing of a CelloStream Artist Master Class, please navigate to the CelloStream page at the appropriate time. To read bios of previous CelloStream master class artists, please see below. […]

Viva, Joel Krosnick! Viva, Astrid Schween!

A true cello icon from my generation of string quartets is stepping down—after a remarkable 42 seasons in the Juilliard Quartet,  Joel Krosnick leaves at the end of next year (and continues as Chair of Juilliard’s Cello Dept.) Mega-Congratulations Joel, and welcome to a wonderful cello colleague and friend of mine, Astrid Schween, who will join the Juilliard Quartet in September of 2016! —Paul Katz   CELLIST JOEL KROSNICK TO CELEBRATE HIS 42nd AND FINAL SEASONWITH THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET.  Krosnick Will Continue to Teach and Remain Chair of Juilliard’s Cello Department. Cellist Astrid Schween to Join the JSQ September 2016 NEW YORK—Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi announced today that the 2015-16 season will mark cellist Joel Krosnick’s final season with the Juilliard String Quartet, the quartet’s 70th season. Mr. Krosnick has been [...]

CelloBello János Starker Remembrance Week April 22-28

CelloBello Remembers János Starker Please join us for a full week of events and video releases,to remember and honor this great figure of the cello world.Preview of upcoming events: New Videos of Never-Before Seen Interviews Newly released interview videos of János Starker in conversation with Paul Katz in 2010.  April 22: Growing as a PerformerApril 23: Releasing TensionApril 24: Rhythmic FreedomApril 25: VibratoApril 26: His Performance AnxietyApril 27: His Difficult, Early Years Please visit our János Starker CelloLegacy section on each day to view the newest video. Daily Blogs A new blog each day at CelloBlog by former Starker students and family includingRobert Battey, Paul Katz, Maria Kliegel, Alexandra Preucil (Starker’s granddaughter),Brant Taylor and Jeffrey Zeigler. CelloChatsYour chance to ask questions about Starker’s cello teachings and hear personal anecdotes and stories of the master! 3 special CelloChats with former students of Starker Reminiscing: What I Learned From János Starkerall [...]

The Feldenkrais Method Helps Cellists! — by Uri Vardi

The Feldenkrais Method is a modality used to improve body awareness that has proven to be highly effective in alleviating pain, anxiety, and movement difficulties. The Method involves the use of movement, touch and imagery as tools for learning new ways of functioning. The heightened awareness that develops through the use of this method leads to improved body image, organization and function. Musicians benefit from this enhanced awareness with an increase in artistic vocabulary, in the ability to more efficiently express artistic intention, in the prevention of pain and injury, and in expedient healing from current injury. Unlike the medical model, which prescribes ways to achieve the correct state, the Feldenkrais Method leads the participant to discover his or her own solution. It is based on theoretical knowledge about the [...]

Air Travel with Musical Instruments: Final Ruling!

Reposted from BMI News. As of March 6, 2015, it’s official and no longer at the discretion of the various airlines. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, musicians who board planes must be allowed to carry on their instruments provided they fit in the overhead bin. If this space isn’t large enough, the musician is also permitted to purchase a second seat in which to stow their musical companion. One caveat: the airlines don’t have to prioritize musical instruments ahead of any other carry-on luggage, so if the bins are full, you’ll still have to check your instrument at the gate. To remedy this, the DoT suggests that musicians may want to pay the airline’s fee for priority boarding to ensure that there will be room for their gear. [...]

By |2017-10-30T04:58:34+00:00March 19th, 2015|Categories: Cello Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Queen Elisabeth Competition Adds 2017 Cello Discipline!

Reposted from the Queen Elisabeth Competition In 2017, the Queen Elisabeth Competition will hold a competition devoted to the cello. The decision to launch a new competition, dedicated to the cello, was a natural one, taken after meeting with a number of outstanding young cellists and against a background of worldwide enthusiasm for the instrument today. Despite this enthusiasm, it seems that the international scene has lacked a major competition devoted to the cello; the cellists approached by the Competition over recent months have reacted very favourably to the idea of establishing a competition along the same lines as the others organised by the Queen Elisabeth Competition. The incorporation of this new discipline is sure to receive a very warm welcome from music professionals, from our extensive public, and from the [...]

By |2017-10-30T05:08:02+00:00January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Competition, News, Pablo Casals|Tags: , , , , , |

Laszlo Varga, Cellist for the New York Philharmonic, is Dead at 89

Laszlo Varga, Cellist for the New York Philharmonic, is Dead at 89 by Bruce Weber and Jacob Burg Reposted from the Herald-Tribune Laszlo Varga, a Hungarian-born musician and teacher who escaped a Nazi work camp to become principal cellist for the New York Philharmonic under the batons of Dimitri Mitropoulos and Leonard Bernstein, died on Dec. 11 at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was 89. He died several days after a fall had precipitated a stroke, his son Michael said. In a long career, Mr. Varga applied his virtuosic skills to solo performances, orchestral playing and ensemble work. As a young man he lost his position as first-chair cellist of the Budapest Symphony in a purge of Jews. He came to the United States after World War II as a member [...]

This Looks Like Another Viola Joke, but it’s Not a Joke! Air Canada’s Outrageous New Policy

Reposted from The Violin Channel Air Canada has today published a detailed explanation of its musical instrument transportation policy—declaring violins and cellos are permitted to be taken within the cabin, but violas must be transported within the hold. “Violins may be accepted as carry-on or checked baggage,” the online Air Canada policy statement has outlined—however “Violas can only be accepted as checked baggage.” “A cello may be accepted as checked baggage, or may be transported in the cabin if a seat is purchased for it,” the statement reads. The new policy differs from most international airline carriers—who make no distinction in the rules between violins and violas. The policy announcement comes just months after virtuoso Itzhak Perlman filed a formal complaint against the airline—after he was abandoned by an Air Canada disability assistant at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Below are excerpts [...]

New England Conservatory Cellist Tony Rymer Wins Second Prize in Enescu Cello Competition

Cellist Eun-Sun Hong (South Korea), has won the 15,000 Euro First Prize at the 2014 Enescu Cello Competition in Bucharest, Romania. New England Conservatory cellist Tony Rymer (USA) received the 10,000 Euro Second Prize and Sarah Rommel of USC (USA), the 5000 Euro Third Prize. Eun-Sun Hong has performed with important international orchestras such as The Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Russia Philharmonic, and the South Korean Chamber Orchestra. At only 25, she won the Third Prize in the Tschaikovsky International Competition. Eun-Sun Hong Cellist Tony Rymer has already performed major concerti to critical acclaim with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony, among others.  A native of Boston, Tony attended the Walnut Hill Arts School and then NEC, where he studied many years with CelloBello founder Paul Katz, and [...]

By |2017-10-30T05:05:40+00:00September 25th, 2014|Categories: Competition, News|Tags: , , , , , , , |