Great Cellos, both seen and heard

with Justin Pearson

Sunday 9th May 2021 – 5.00PM (British summertime)

Guests include distinguished cellists Steven Isserlis, Thomas Demenga, Raphael Wallfisch, Rebecca Gilliver, Amit Peled, Guy Johnston, and Cremonese luthiers Edgar Russ, Mina Mazzolari, in performance and in conversation.

Over many decades of playing and listening to great cellists and fine cellos, Justin Pearson has been privileged to experience some of the greatest sounding instruments brought to their full potential by master musicians.

In this exclusive London Cello Society presentation, he engages some of the world’s greatest cellists, talking about the instruments they play, discussing the provenance of their celebrated cellos, and finding out what they feel like to play.

Featured cellos include the Marquis de Corberon Strad whose eponymous owner perished under the guillotine in the French Revolution; centuries later the same cello was played by Zara Nelsova; a Montagnana that was heard on many famous film tracks; the early Andrea Guarneri played by the cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet; a Tecchler cello that was judged the most beautiful recorded cello tone of all time.

Cremonese luthier Mina Mazzolari joins the discussion, having made her new cello for the event. The cello will be played for the first time in public by the principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Gilliver.