About the Octet

Cello Octet Amsterdam is a unique and multifaceted ensemble that has become a household name both nationally and internationally.

Cello Octet Amsterdam is an adventurous collective of cellists that stands for new music and interdisciplinary performances. In the contemporary music world, the Octet has become a household name through collaborations with composers such as Philip Glass, Sofia Gubaidulina, Arvo Pärt, Theo Loevendie, Mauricio Kagel, Michael Gordon and Kate Moore. Arvo Pärt, on hearing the premiere of his first piece for the Octet said, “The Octet is a treasure, I discovered this ensemble 10 years too late.”

A cellist and I

Would you like to meet one of the Octet cellists and have them play a concert just for you? The Octet now offers personal, one-to-one musical meetings.

Support us

The Octet needs your help. By supporting us, you can help us continue to do exciting projects.

“The sound and warmth of these eight cellos is enchanting!”

Hadewych Minis

“This octet is a piece of gold, I've discovered this ensemble ten years too late.”

Arvo Pärt

“… this ensemble is a treasure indeed, a fine example to the world of music… Everywhere I play: Brazil, Japan, the US, people want to talk to me about the Cello Octet…”

Yo Yo Ma

“Eight top cellists… Total technical perfection, intensity and colourful interpretation"

The Strad


August 2023

Wed 30 Aug,
Instant Loneliness
Freedom Festival, Hull, UK
Wed 30 Aug
Instant Loneliness
Freedom Festival
Hull, UK
Thu 31 Aug,
Instant Loneliness
Freedom Festival, Hull, UK
Thu 31 Aug
Instant Loneliness
Freedom Festival
Hull, UK

In our webshop

Now on order in our webshop: tickets, albums, digital downloads and more!

Arvo Pärt

Includes all works written for the octet by Arvo Pärt.


Our favourites from 25 years Cello Octet.

Canto Ostinato

A unique CD of a truly special composition.


On our media page, you will find a large number of videos showing just what makes the Cello Octet so special.

Become a member of our 8rban

Friends of the octet never miss a thing!