Welcome to CelloFest 2019!

1st-7th of February

CelloFest, the first ever International Cello Festival in Finland is happening in Helsinki in a few weeks!

Who are we?

Cellofest.fi is a new cello festival developed by Sibelius Academy professor Martti Rousi and elaborated together with the French cellist Laura Martin. Rousi has been professor of cello at the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki since 1995. 

As part of the festival program, the Sibelius Academy organizes several concerts in the Music Center and the brand new Helsinki central library Oodi. Sibelius Academy is part of the University of the Arts Helsinki, which in addition to the Sibelius Academy consists of the Academy of the Fine Arts and the Theatre Academy. Sibelius Academy is a founding partner of CelloFest.fi.

“Cello is the most beloved solo instrument among music lovers, this has been confirmed by many opinion polls. From Pablo Casals, Rostropovich to Yo-Yo Ma, cellists have been able to communicate to wider audiences than any other instrumentalists.”

Martti Rousi

In Finland, our cello level has always been high and today we see our young star cellists among top 10 in the world in their age group.

In Helsinki, the area of Töölönlahti is becoming more and more a cultural center where cello can play a major role, symbolizing the new modern Helsinki.

With the opening of the new library Oodi, creating a pole of culture and activities besides the Music Center, the creative energy that emanates out of it invited us to initiate a festival that will at the same time feature the great new generation of Finnish cellists, introduce the young and talented students of the Sibelius Academy, while valuing the international side of Helsinki by welcoming renowned and talented cellists from all over the world.

CelloFest is a festival that aims to offer a very versatile program of events around cello, starting from Matinées around Bach Cello Suites, to masterclasses, lectures, and concerts focused on different topics, proposing several concerts and musical activities every day!


We are pleased to announce the additional support of BNP Paribas to Cellofest.fi 2019!