Last January, The New York Times (January 22, 2012) announced that the Strad cello known as Countess of Stainlein, ex-Paganini of 1707 was purchased at auction for a record $6 million. The buyer, a “patroness of the arts from Montreal,” who declined to be identified further, decided to lend this cello to Stéphane Tétrault.
Stéphane, 18, and from Montreal, played a Carlsen cello from 2005 – 2007. He has a growing international career and his busy concert schedule and list of honors and prizes was featured in our last newsletter. A February article in the Queens Times Ledger featured new recipient, 16-year-old, Conor McNally. Although the story has a happyending, Conor’s cello had arrived with acrack in the neck which was quickly repaired by Anthony Somma, a Nassaucounty luthier. Conor has been playing for years and hopes to major in music when he
gets to college.
In April, Ray Carlsen received a Members Making a Difference Award from the American Academy of Dermatology for his “committed and compassionate volunteer work in founding the Carlsen Cello Foundation.”
An article in the June 2012 issue of Dermatolgy World acknowledges this honor and quotes Dr. Carlsen: “It’s an extreme pleasure to hear what benefits these instrument shave made to students who are able to go into competitions and school auditions with an instrument they have trust in and that’s able to perform. I get letters from those students,and it keeps me going. I know this is money well spent.”