The cello section of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is getting a makeover.
The orchestra recently received cellos and bows as a gift from former associate principal cellist Yuri Anshelevich, who played in the orchestra from 1977 to 2015.
Anshelevich donated five cellos and eight bows, with a total value of $1.7 million. The cellos come from London and Italy and were made between 1717 and 1975. The DSO declined to name the instrument makers for insurance reasons.
Musical director Fabio Luisi said in a statement that the gifts will enrich the sound of the cello section.
Born in Russia, Anshelevich gave his first recital at the age of nine, before entering the Moscow State Conservatory. A first prize won in a Russian competition led him to study with the famous cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch.
In honor of his gift, Anshelevich will perform Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei (All wishes) with the DSO to open the concert on November 5, conducted by Luisi.
“I can’t wait to perform solo on the Meyerson stage again,” Anshelevich said in a statement. “I am happy that my collection has a permanent home and a bright future here at DSO.”