Cello by

Lorenzo Storioni
Cremona, c.1783

Although cellos by this later Cremonese master are rare, they have earned a vaulted position among cellists thanks to Mstislav Rostropovitch who played and loved one his entire career. Like Stradivari cellos from the 1730s, Storioni’s followed a variable small pattern, which resulted in cellos suitable for virtuosic solo work.

This example, which is the third one we have handled, was lent to the last gold medalist of the Tchaikovsky competition where it beautifully complemented the magnificent playing of the winner. We look forward to finding the next permanent home for this impressive cello.