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Studying the Bachelor cello at ArtEZ Academy of the Arts means you have a deep love for the instrument, you are longing to make music and have a big commitment for personal improvement.

In an international cello environment, you will be learning to develop yourself and master the cello; gradually but steadily over the course of four years.

Our professors Karlien Bartels and René Berman will provide you with their extensive knowledge of the repertoire and their personal approach in how to improve yourself and overcome problems. They draw no line between 'technique' and ‘music': you need the first to master the second, and vice versa. They will help you set goals, and you will benefit from their cello traditions. Enlarging your repertoire and mastering various musical styles, playing by heart, making chamber music, getting confident on stage: all of these matters will be treated thoroughly and with the understanding that every cellist needs a personal approach.
You will be participating in class concerts, having regular group lessons, getting masterclasses and will be performing with the ArtEZ Cello Ensemble, which is an annually recurring event. Besides, you will be able to choose a minor Baroque cello.

“I see no particular merit in the fact that I was an artist at the age of eleven. […] That is why I urge young musicians: “Don’t be vain because you happen to have talent. You are not responsible for that; it was not of your doing. What you do with your talent is what matters. You must cherish this gift. Do not demean or waste what you have been given. Work — work constantly and nourish it”
― Pablo Casals

Specific admission criteria for Cello

In addition to the general admission criteria, there are also specific instrumental requirements. During the audition, you will perform at least one étude and a recital piece, unless indicated otherwise. The pieces mentioned are merely examples. You can also opt for other works of a similar level.

Your performing skills will be tested on the basis of:

  • major and minor scales along with the accompanying arpeggiated triads;
  • two études such as Duport’s Etüden, Gruetzmacher’s Opus 38 or Lee’s Opus 31;
  • three recital pieces such as Romberg’s Concerto, Marcello’s Sonata (nos.2 or 5) or Fauré’s Élégie.