The 1673 cello was purchased recently for Várdai by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous


Hungarian cellist István Várdai has been granted an extended loan of the 'Du Pré-Harrell' Stradivari, purchased recently by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.

The 'Du Pré-Harrell' was made in 1673, and is one of less than 65 surviving cellos by the famous maker. Among its former owners are British cellist Jacqueline du Pré, who also performed on the 1712 'Davidov' Strad, American cellist Lynn Harrell and Russian cellist Nina Kotova.

Várdai  has won numerous awards, including the 2014 ARD International Music Competition in Munich, and first prize at the Geneva International Music Competition in 2008. He also won first prize in the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria in 2006, and took third prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007.