Lynn Harrell

Another giant of the cello world has passed.  I found this article to beautifully outline his life and accomplishments: https://www.npr.org/2020/04/28/847462222/cellist-lynn-harrell-has-died-age-76 And while the video is old and the quality is bad, I cherished this...

A cello journey – part VII

Last week we left me with a beautiful cello from Michael Koeberling, but feeling like I had broken my own rule to get it and found myself with another lovely sounding cello that didn’t quite have what my heart wanted. The three years I played this cello found all...

A cello journey – part VI

Last week we left off with me promising to NEVER AGAIN commission a cello for myself, waiting instead for the chance to buy a cello that already existed. Well, I didn’t do that.  About a year after I sold my 1998 Widenhouse cello I started getting itchy to have a...

A cello journey – part V

Last week we reviewed my doomed commission of a cello from Peter Paul Prier.  Let’s now turn our attention to brighter chapter in my cello story… I remember reading an article in “The Strad” magazine about some of the nobility that commissioned instruments from...

A cello journey – part IV

Last week left off with me planning to commission a cello from Peter Paul Prier.  I was still playing my 1995 Widenhouse cello and David Forbes bow.  I chose to attend Butler University and attended the Aspen Music Festival the summer before my freshman year. The...

A cello journey – part III

Last week we left off with me beginning my senior year of high school, still playing the LaMay/Poulsen combo and increasingly interested in modern cellos.  Fate intervened as Sally, my cello teacher, heard of a cello Kurt Widenhouse just finished for a customer who...