The group was founded with the desire to promote musical compositions for cello ensemble, also considering large cello ensemble sessions opened to a greater number of players.


The ensemble, a core group of six cellists, performed for the first time in the festival “Sounds of the Dolomites 2013“.


The goal of the group is to unite young professionals from Europe and to promote musical concerts and activities, courses and events celebrating the unique voice of the cello, leading to the formation of a multicultural orchestra of cellos.


The Italian Cello Consort presented the 3 days and 3 nights live performance “101 Cellos” that took place in Genoa (Italy) on 29, 30 & 31 December 2015. The unprecedented gathering of musicians from all over the world brought a large audience of more than 8000 people into the city of Genoa and showcased a program of 8 concerts of cello music.


Under Giovanni Ricciardi’s original production and music direction this prestigious event created a visually stunning and magical ambience in the historical piazzas and buildings of Genoa and attracted a great deal of favourable press attention and media coverage.


“The extraordinary quality of the 101 cellists’ shared performance created an exhilarating atmosphere and conveyed intense emotions and joy to the audience.” (Repubblica)

Partner of the City of Genoa, who strongly believed in our project, Italian Cello Consort was born out of the desire to promote the musical forms associated with the cello ensemble without any organic limitations even in terms of the number of participants. Officially born with a first group of 6 cellists at the festival “The Sounds of the Dolomites 2013” together with  Ezio Bosso, one of the aims pursued by the group is to join young European professionals for many activities such as concerts, events, training through cultural manifestations and social character.

On November 11, 1989, the great cellist Mstislav Rostropovich celebrated the end of the Cold War playing in front of the Berlin Wall that was dismantled. At a distance of 10 years he assembled an orchestra of 166 cellists to commemorate this extraordinary historical event. Since then, the great cellist ensembles have become synonymous with change and progress.

The aim of the Association is to promote music and culture in general as a vehicle for social, cultural and multiethnic integration through qualified training and citizens’ initiatives