1710 Ivashkin Joseph Guarneri filius
Andreae of Cremona
I feel very fortunate to be playing on this magnificent Italian cello on a loan from a private generous donor. This characterful cello, is made with table in Spruce, back, scroll and side in Beech and has a deep dark lushes sound that can only be found on Guarneri instruments. In 2014 'Ivashkin' was added to the official name to honor and tribute Alexander Ivashkin (1948-2014), a prolific Russian cellist, writer, academic and conductor whom this cello was on a life loan.
1696 Bonjour Stradivarius Cello
I was very fortunate to have played on this wonderful Strad for 3 years upon winning the Canada Council instrumental bank competition back in 2006. 'The instrument is a two piece back being cut on the slab and displays a most lovely horizontal figure. The ribs are of a matching material and the scroll is of a plainer material. The two piece top of mostly medium width wavy grain, displays strong hazel figure. The lower wings begin added by the maker. The varnish is of a rich gold brown colour with the top being of a slightly stronger colour.'