1769 Joannes Guillami cello

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1769 Joannes Guillami cello

This powerful cello, known as “El Tiburón” (the shark), was made in the year of Joannes Guillami’s death, and may be a collaborative work between him and his son (Joannes II), his only pupil. Guillami’s shop in Barcelona, Spain, produced a number of oversized cellos (sometimes called church bass). This particular cello has been reduced from a larger size to fit more modern needs, but retains the deep haunting voice of a larger bass-like instrument with dark overtones that can be felt by both the player and audience alike.

  • Donated by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Acquired: 1999
  • Value: $350,000