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News 2016: (UK) BBC News Article: "Rare 17th Century cello loaned to teenager for life" (08 Dec 2016)

Contributed by admin on Dec 10, 2016

"A cello worth hundreds of thousands of pounds has been given on a lifetime loan to a gifted teenage musician.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 17, used the early 17th Century Amati instrument - which is 50 years older than the earliest-known Stradivarius - to scoop the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year title.

An anonymous donor has agreed to let the teenager use the cello, one of the first ever made, indefinitely. ...

The teenager, from Nottingham, said the loan was "a dream come true".

London violin maker Florian Leonhard described the cello, made in 1610, as "the ultimate instrument for a virtuoso soloist". ...

... Mr Leonhard, who mentors young musicians and often matches soloists with top instruments, arranged for Sheku to use the cello for his performances at the BBC Young Musician of the Year final in May and his debut at the Royal Festival Hall in September." ...

Visit the BBC News website to read the full article.