Cellos

It’s not surprising that I’ve had somewhat of a focus on cello making, given that I originally trained as a cellist. I’ve developed cello models mainly inspired by the work of Stradivari, Montagnana and Goffiriller, sometimes working quite closely to patterns and data I have for a specific historical instrument, sometimes bringing together ideas from various directions that I feel will work well together. I was very pleased when one of my cellos entered in the Strad International Cello and Bow Making Competition got the second highest score from the player judges.

Ensembles my cellos have been played in include the:

Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orchestra/London Handel Players, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Cello I made in 1999 based on the 1740 Domenico Montagnana played by Steven Isserlis. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to examine the original of this instrument.
The typical stylistic features of Montagnana cellos seen here are the rather sloping shoulders and the quite flaring middle bouts. The body is slimmer and a little longer than some other cellos by Montagnana.
Typical stylistic features of Goffriller cellos seen here are the wide body, simple flowing curves in the middle bouts, and generous arching.
The original cello bears a label claiming it to be the work of the Cremonese maker Carlo Bergonzi (as does the much altered cello by Matteo Goffriller that was played by the great twentieth century cellist Pablo Casals).
Made in 2004 the body of this cello is based on a Matteo Goffriller (1659-1752) cello exhibited in a wonderful exhibition of Venetian instruments, paintings and drawings in Paris in 1995. I changed various details to make the model my own.