Here is an interesting piece on violins from last week’s Sunday Times, with a special emphasis on So-Ock Kim‘s Strad, which is the oldest known example. As it turns out, there are two corrections to offer. First, her concert in Nottingham on Saturday was with the Nottinham Philharmonic and me, not the RPO, and, as it turned out, she was not playing her Strad, which was in the shop, but a borrowed Guarneri del Gesu.
Think about it- a del Gesu for a loaner! That’s when you know you’ve arrived! I’m happy to play on a second cello that’s even remotely functional. I need to start being more demanding.