Man Johnston Granted Use of 1692 “Segelman” Stradivari Cello

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Crafted throughout the interval when the 48-year-old Stradivari was experimenting together with his “Lengthy Sample” violins, this 1692 cello was as soon as the live performance instrument of Mats Lidström and Katherine Jenkinson. The cello had handed by a number of sellers and companies all through its lifetime, together withJean-Baptiste Vuillaume and Hart & Son in 1850; W.E. Hill & Sons in 1926; Gerald Segelman in 1945 and eventually the Royal Academy of Music in 2000.

The cello’s high is of spruce with medium grain whereas its again is of two-piece slab minimize maple of faint slender curls, with two knots within the decrease bout. The scroll is of comparable inventory and the instrument is roofed with reddish-brown varnish.

Man Johnston made his debut efficiency on the 1692 “Segelman” cello at a showcase at J & A Beare’s on Could 9, adopted by the launch of the Hatfield Home Chamber Music Competition on Could 12.

Upcoming performances embody a recital with Singaporean pianist Melvyn Tan on Could 29 at Wigmore Corridor — in a program of Chopin and Mendelssohn, in addition to two works by Sterndale Bennett and Joseph Phibbs.

“Feeling extraordinarily fortunate to have this chance,” Johnston wrote on his Fb. “Right here’s to the subsequent chapter!”

Johnston has received the BBC Younger Musician of the 12 months, Shell London Symphony Orchestra Gerald MacDonald Award, and a Classical Brit. As a soloist, he has carried out with worldwide orchestras such because the London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, amongst others.

Inventive Director of the Hatfield Home Chamber Music Competition, he’s additionally a founding member of the award-winning Aronowitz Ensemble. He serves as Affiliate Professor of Cello on the Eastman Faculty of Music and visitor Professor of Cello on the Royal Academy of Music.