Eighteen ecstatic classical musicians have won the chance to play a cherished stringed instrument and one of them is a 1696 Stradivari cello worth $11 million dollars.
Arnold Choi will be playing the rare cello for the next three years.
Choi is one of the musicians who auditioned at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto for a 3-year loan of one of 17 fine-stringed instruments and one cello bow created between 1689 and 1929.
The rare collection is part of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank.
Director and CEO Robert Sirman says these artists will travel the globe bringing to life the Instrument Bank’s violins and cellos for countless audience members and over the next three years, they will develop a very personal relationship with their instrument.
You’ll find more information at the Canada Council website.