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Watch: Sollima & His Cello

Posted on 29 Mar 2016 by Leo Messias

Pictured: Giovanni Sollima. Photo by Francesco Ferla, courtesy of Almendra Music. 

“Under his rapidly scuttling fingers, the cello morphs from elegant old-timer into a screaming banshee flinging electrical spangles at anyone in its wake.” Sydney Morning Herald on Giovanni Sollima’s performance with the ACO, 5 April 2014

When we searched for evidence of Giovanni Sollima’s colourful performance style, we found that these comments were, though poetically licensed, rather true accounts of the Italian’s prowess on the cello.

So here’s a compilation of the firebrand virtuoso’s other performances that most piqued our interest…


Performing with himself at the ACO rehearsal studio.

Going multi-limbed on his famous cello piece, Terra Aria

Bringing Seattle grunge flair to the proceedings.

Playing a piece for ‘Japanese soprano and tiger’.

Taking it to the park.

Performing Leonard Cohen’s most covered classic, Hallelujah.

Directing 99 cellists for his project 100 Cellos.

Doubling up with cellist Jean Guihen Queyras for Vivaldi’s popular Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, the only double concerto for cello written by the Baroque composer.  

Walking around while playing the cello (jump to minute 2:45).



MONTEVERDI (arr. strings) Lamento della ninfa
BERIO Sequenzas for Violin and Double Bass
LEO Cello Concerto No.3 in D minor
PAGANINI Introduction and Variations on ‘Dal tuo stellate soglio’ from Rossini’s Moses in Egypt
ROSSINI (arr. Eliodoro Sollima) ‘Une larme’ Theme and Variations for Cello and Strings
SCELSI C’est bien la nuit from Nuits
GIOVANNI SOLLIMA Fecit Neap 17… for Cello, Strings and Continuo