Haydn and Italian Cello

RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances: Suite No.3
BOCCHERINI Cello Concerto in G
HAYDN Cello Concerto in C
VERDI String Quartet (arr. for string orchestra)


One of the greatest cello pieces ever written, Haydn’s C major cello concerto is a crowd favourite and the ideal showpiece for passionate Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima’s Australian debut.

Sollima is renowned for his invigorating performance style and it is exhilarating to experience him performing alongside Richard Tognetti. We first met Sollima in Tognetti’s musical laboratory in Festival Maribor, Slovenia, where a review of his performance read: “Sollima issued a challenge to all who think the cello is for the faint of heart...this was music that lifted the cello into the realms of the musical gods.” (MusicWeb International)

An internationally recognised musician, Sollima has composed for diverse artists including legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and 70s punk icon Patti Smith. In this concert you will hear Sollima’s Boccherini-inspired L.B. Files flanked by an authentic Luigi Boccherini (L.B.) cello concerto.