Mats Lidström

Masterclass Application & Biography

how to apply

The Masterclass will take place from 06 to 11 June 2023 in Trani (Italy, Puglia). The program for individual the lessons of the masterclass is free. In addition to the individual lessons there will be 3 workshop:

1. The Essential warm-up routine for cellists

2. The beauty of Scales

3. The joy of discovery and where to look for it (about cello repertoire)

The Masterclass is open to cellists of every age and nationalities


Download the APPLICATION FORM, fill it, attach the copy of payment and send it to

– inscription fee: 150 euros
– masterclass tuition fee: 350 euros
– Optional in add to masterclass, cost for playing as soloist with orchestra: 200 euros. 

In addition of the masterclass, every student has the possibility to play at the final concerts as soloist with orchestra. The students can choose among variuos concertos:

Haydn C major, Haydn D major, all Boccherini concertos and all Vivaldi concertos.

The deadline for sending application to the Masterclass is 10th March 2023.


The organization of the Masterclass will give you the possibility to sleep and have full meal with very cheap costs.

– Airport in Bari (40 km far from Trani) and transfer to Trani with train
– Rome airport and train from Roma Termini station to Trani

All the payment fees must be made when you send your application to attend the Masterclass by transfer to this account

IBAN: IT79 C360 9201 6000 9579 9232 960



If the applicant is not admitted to Masterclass the fee will be refunded. If the application is successful but the student withdraws from the Masterclass, there will be No refund.

For other informations you can call 

+39 3468296657
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His research of the neglected but beautiful repertoire for his instrument, has resulted in several highly acclaimed and award-winning CD’s (including ‘Record of the Month’ and Record of the Week by the BBC Music Mag. and The Guardian, the French Diapason d’Or for the research of the music by Charles Koecholin). He appears as soloist and chamber musician on EMI, Deutsche Grammophone, Decca, BIS, Hyperion, Musica Sveciae, Opus 3, Caprice Records, as well as on his own label

TV and RADIO: Several appearances on TV and radio throughout Europe, Japan, S America and the U.S (including guest-appearances on Andy Warhol’s TV show Interiors), at present four times a guest on Radio 3’s In Tune ).

FESTIVALS: Festivals include Aspen, Kingston, Pensacola (USA), Cello Encounter (Rio de Janeiro) and festivals in Holland, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

ORCHESTRAL BACKGROUND: Mats has worked as Principal Cellist with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Swedish Opera and the Norrköping S O (Sweden). In addition he has worked as guest-principal with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia and St. Martin’s-in-the-fields of London, The Scottish BBC and Royal Scottish National Orchestras,The Royal Concertgebouw, etc. Mats is currently the solo cellist of Oxford Philomusica, a shared position with fellow cellist Peter Adams.

PUBLISHER: Mats’ compilation of orchestral excerpts for Boosey&Hawkes, The Orchestral Cellist, prompted the founding of his own publishing company (distributed worldwide by Spartan Press). Besides his own compositions and transcriptions, it offers the series if Bach was a cellist which lives the fantasy that everything Bach wrote was intended for the cello (the series currently include concertos for one and two cellos, a version for cello and piano of the Italian Concerto and a set of 10 encores transcribed from various Bach works). Its aim is to make cellists focus on more Bach than the solo suites and the gamba sonatas.

COMPOSITIONS: Compositions include Rigoletto Fantasy for cello and orchestra on Verdi’s opera, Interlude for string quartet and orchestra, Maze of Love for voice, piano and orchestra, Marche Triomphale for two pianos and percussion ( 2012 Commission), Carnival in Venice for violin and two cellos (EMI), My Heart Is In The East Raoul Wallenberg In Memoriam for solo cello (performed at the centenary celebrations and at the Swedish Parliament and members of the US Congress, 2012), to name a few.

For cello and piano:

Suite Tintin – 9 scenes from The Adventures of Tintin (, four sets of pieces for young players (Spooky Pieces, Traffic, Ballroom Dances and Hotel Suite),Concert Suite (extract from his melodrama The Stamp King, premiered at the Wigmore Hall, London Dec.2010, narrated by Sir Terry Waite), and many more.

IN ADDITION: During the 2004-05 season, Mats Lidstrom was the Artistic Director of the festival From Sweden in London, the greatest undertaking for Swedish classical music abroad by the Swedish Government. His passion for repertoire choices and music history in general resulted in an orchestral and chamber music festival which produced 35 concerts all performed in the major venues of London.Ps. Mats comes from a family with more than a hundred years of involvement with the arts as opera soloists, instrumentalists in principal positions, prima ballerinas, conductors and painters. His ancestor, Rickard Dybeck, wrote the Swedish national anthem.