“Eight top cellists… Total technical perfection, intensity and colourful interpretation.” (The Strad, 2009).

 A unique ensemble in the world of music, Cello Octet Amsterdam stands for new music and successful crossovers between various musical styles and arts.

Since its formation under the name Conjunto Ibérico in 1989, the Octet has offered radiant performances of more than 70 original works dedicated to them by many of today’s most notable composers, including Xenakis, Gubaidulina, Riley, Kagel and Glass. Upon hearing the première of his work for the Octet, Arvo Pärt said “The Octet is a piece of gold, I discovered this group 10 years too late.” 

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Season 2017-2018 has kicked off!

15 oct 2017: OFFICIAL RELEASE OF OUR NEW CD "ARVO PÄRT" at the Waalse kerk in Amsterdam!

Philip Glass, SUMMA, Instant Love

In october 2017 Philip Glass' pianist and arranger Michael Riesman will travel to the Netherlands to play concerts with the octet. New arrangements of Glass' music are especially made by Michael in collaboration with the octet to celebrate Glass' 80th birthday this year.

SUMMA contains 8 cellists, 2 dancers, music by Arvo Pärt and a choreography by Samir Calixto. Touring the Netherlands from January 2018!

INSTANT LOVE is part 2 of our triptych and will have its premiere at the Oerol Festival Terschelling in June 2018. Music by Harald Austbø and lyrics by Ko van den Bosch.

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