Cello Makers Establishing Themselves in the UK
As more and more players in the UK are realizing the benefits of a choosing a contemporary instrument, we have made a list of some of the finest cello makers to watch out for over the coming years. We have included cello makers with established reputations outside the United Kingdom as well as up and coming young makers we thing are producing cellos of exceptional quality.
A familiar name in Cremona, Edgar Russ enjoys an established reputation as one of the leading luthiers of his generation. His workshop produces 3 different lines of instruments with varying levels of finish: Scala Perfetta, Linea Macchi and Master Instruments.
His Master Cellos, alongside instruments by his workshop colleagues Mina Mazzolari and Anna Arietti are examples of some of the finest making one can find in Cremona today.
These cellos are full of character and reflect this workshop’s positive working environment. The subtle antiquing and high-quality finishes ensure that the instruments will only look better with time. Particular care is given to setup and player comfort resulting in cellos of remarkable consistency and tone quality.
While focusing mainly on violins and violas, Scottish-based Douglas MacArthur produces cellos with painstaking attention to detail. Based on the classical 16th, 17th and 18th century models, his instruments also incorporate modern features to match the tonal and aesthetic requirements of today’s musicians. both new and antique finishes, one of the UK’s most promising makers and definitely one to watch.
Born in Buenos Aires, Lucas Fabro move to Cremona to pursue his dream of instrument making. With exquisite attention to detail, Lucas crafts cellos full of personality and tone to match. His Rugeri model cello avilable at MyLuthier is an excellent example of Lucas’ sharp carving antique finishing. He is quickly building a reputation in the UK, gaining in popularity particularly among Conservatoire students in London. We believe he will become one of the finest cello makers in a few years.