Winning cellist invited to play at congress

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Denis Shapovalov, 21, the first-place winner of the cello contest in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition, received a special prize from Towson State University. Shapovalov was invited to perform and participate in the World Cello Congress III, which the university will sponsor May 29 through June 4, 2000.

The World Cello Congress, which is held every three years, is the most prestigious gathering of cellists, cello aficionados and music lovers of its kind. World Cello Congress II, which Towson also sponsored and which took place last summer in St. Petersburg, honored Mstislav Rostropovich. World Cello Congress III will feature Yo-Yo Ma as guest artist and include several symposiums and concerts, including two concerts with the Baltimore Symphony at Meyerhoff Hall and a final concert in Meyerhoff in which Ma will lead an ensemble of 200 of the most celebrated cellists in the world.

Pub Date: 7/19/98

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