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Amit Peled playing the 1733 Goffriller while Marta Casals watches

Amit Peled playing the 1733 Goffriller while Marta Casals watches

Pablo casals' 1733 Goffriller

The contrasts are quite startling. Pablo Casals died in 1973, Amit Peled was born that year. Casals was a diminutive 5-feet-4, Peled is a towering 6-feet-5. 

One thing unites these two cellists from opposite ends of the Mediterranean: a 1733 Goffriller.

Peled, a virtuoso performer who was born on an Israeli kibbutz and studied with Bernard Greenhouse, one of Casals’ most famous students, is the latest cellist to be granted use of the magnificent instrument Casals acquired in 1913.

The instrument recently underwent a year-long refurbishment.

Casals called it “my best friend.”

Peled calls it his “Pablo.”

More info can be found here on the 1733 Goffriller cello. 

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Vuillaume - 1865

"Amit Peled's Vuillaume cello is a very beautiful and well preserved example by Nicolas Francois Vuillaume that displays his close study and keen understanding of the original Stradivari of Servais. It certainly is among the most handsome examples of his work that I have seen."

Philip Kass