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Get to know the anatomy of the violoncello! – encourages and invites Klaipėda International Violoncello Academy or KIVA. On June 28 – July 6, 2018 it will extend the ideas of the First Klaipėda International Violoncello Festival and Competition held last year. The Festival and Competition drew exceptional attention and earned rave reviews to become one of the largest and most successful events held in Klaipėda – Lithuanian Capital of Culture in 2017.  In an attempt to expand the violoncello music traditions and improve professional skills of young performers it was decided to organise the International Violoncello Academy. For a period of nine days the port city will be engulfed by beautiful sounds of violoncello.  
For six days between May 1 and 6, 2017, an international assembly of cellists from different countries offers various perspectives on the art of music and invites the audience to explore the diversity of musical forms, styles and genres. A special competition for cellists is held for the first time in Klaipėda, in which young musicians compete in the presence of the authoritative international jury. The festival fills the city with sounds from the early morning till late at night, offering a programme packed with concerts, master classes, seminars, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and dance performances. A wide range of art forms across the disciplines, the synergy of various cultural institutions and artists, a broad selection of events for various tastes turned Klaipėda into a capital of cello during the first week of May!
6 days
58 events
22 venues
5 types of art (music, dance, theatre, film art) 
Over 300 participants from 21 countries
All residents and city guests who love Klaipėda and music!
Klaipėda International Cello Festival. Unexpected twists of classical music!
Klaipėda International Cello Competition takes place between 1 and 5 May 2017 during the Klaipėda International Cello Festival. The competition is open for professional performers and students from Lithuania and other countries of the world, studying cello performance at music schools, art gymnasiums, schools, colleges, conservatoires and universities.
Competition prize fund – €12 200. More

The competition selected 54 participants from 17 countries: Austria, Austrialia, Belgium, Belarus, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, France, Hundary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, United Kingdom and United States of America.
The competition is held at the three venues: Klaipėda S. Šimkus Conservatoire, Klaipėda University Academy of Arts and Klaipėda Concert Hall.
Specially for this competition composer Anatolijus Šenderovas wrote  "Interludium" for cello solo (2017), dedicated to the D Group Jury Chairman David Geringas. More
Klaipėda International Cello Competition. Raise your standard!