About the Octet

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

“Eight top cellists… Total technical perfection, intensity and colourful interpretation” said the iconic magazine The Strad about them. Cello Octet Amsterdam stands for new music and works with today’s most remarkable composers, including Xenakis, Gubaidulina, Pärt, Boulez, Loevendie, Riley, Kagel, Glass and many others.

The octet has performed over 70 world premieres, most of which were especially written for and dedicated to the octet. Upon hearing the premiere of his first work for the octet, Arvo Pärt, who has become a close friend of the octet, said: ” This octet is a piece of gold, I’ve discovered this ensemble ten years too late.”

“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

Calendar

February 2018

Thu 22 Feb, 20:30
SUMMA
Theater Ins Blau, Leiden
Thu 22 Feb
20:30
SUMMA
Theater Ins Blau
Leiden
Sat 24 Feb, 20:30
SUMMA
Schouwburg, Rotterdam
Sat 24 Feb
20:30
SUMMA
Schouwburg
Rotterdam

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.

TR8CKS

Our favourites from 25 years Cello Octet.

Canto Ostinato

A unique CD of a truly special composition.

Media

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

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