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Curator’s Corner: February 2022

February at the Cello Museum

What’s happening this month at the Cello Museum? Find out here.

Hello February 2022

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. Happy Year of the Tiger! We have an exciting month ahead of us.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Niloufar Nourbakhsh

Niloufar Nourbakhsh

Niloufar Nourbakhsh

Our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC) continues with a spotlight on composer, pianist, and educator, Niloufar Nourbakhsh. In particular, we’ll focus on her work, “Veiled,” for cello and live electronics.

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

Riccardo Pes Interview

Ricardo Pes with his cello. Photo by Francesco Fratto.

Riccardo Pes. Photo by Francesco Fratto.

We talk to cellist and composer Riccardo Pes this month about his recent album, Qubit, a convergence of physics and the cello. As Pes describes it:

“The QUBIT, quantum bit, is any bit made out of future quantum computers. The title, QUBIT, evokes science, physics, and new technologies. It seemed to me a good synthesis of the contents of the album where I also used recent technologies for its realization, such as the loop-station and electronic instruments.”

The Bow – Part Four: William Retford and Arthur Bultitude

Bultitude Bow

Detail of “Tudor rose” inlay on an Arthur Bultitude cello bow.

Nearer to the end of February, we pick up our bow history series. Refresh your memory by re-reading where we left off in Part Three. This time, our Cello Bow Specialist, Andrew Bellis, writes about William Charles Retford, who worked for the original W. E. Hill & Sons (“Hills”) from 1893. His most remarkable apprentice, Arthur Bultitude, joined Hills 32 years later in 1925. Some 55 years later, Bultitude became Andrew’s mentor.

Postcards from Erica – A New Series!

Postcards from Erica

In honor of Black History Month in the USA, Erica Lessie launches a new series of postcards featuring unaccompanied cello works by Black composers. Check out her previous series of digital postcards about unaccompanied cello repertoire by women composers, “That’s What She Said.”

Are you interested in having your piece featured in a future series? Please get in touch with us – we’d be happy to hear from you.

Winners of the January Prize Giveaways

2022 Cello Meditation Notebooks

Thank you to everyone who entered our prize drawings for last month’s giveaway. We had entries from Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Scotland, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and the USA.

Congratulations to our winners!

  • First Prize — Winner of an Aim for the Stars Cello Notebook: Janice, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Runners-up — Winners of a Sticker
    • Amy Catron, USA
    • Ashansha Dewmi Rajapaksha, Sri Lanka

Didn’t win but want a notebook and stickers? You can find them in our online museum shop – along with many other great gifts for yourself or the special cellist(s) in your life. Every purchase helps support the Cello Museum.

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