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Today’s podcast guest is cellist Anastasia Kobekina, who was lucky enough to have the opportunity to help develop For-Tune’s new Opal Gold cello strings, through a series of trials and feedback. Not many string players get the chance to have direct input on their ideal set of strings: Anastasia shares with online editor Davina Shum what she looks for in an ideal string, including the type of sound and playability. 

Anastasia plays the 1698 ’De Kermadec-Bläss’ Stradivari cello courtesy of the Stradivari Foundation Habisreutinger.

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Fandango Per Violoncello Solo

Giovanni Sollima

Anastasia Kobekina, cello


Mirare MIR 604


Photo credit: Julia Altukhova

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