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Photo: Marco Borggreve

Jean-Guihen Queyras

The French cellist explains why his 1696 Gioffredo Cappa instrument reminds him of a thoroughbred racehorse

By Ariane Todes

It took Jean-Guihen Queyras more than a year to find the Gioffredo Cappa cello he now plays. He remembers: ‘It was tiring and difficult. It was like trying to get into a relationship. “Let’s spend a week together.” “No, we’re not made for each other.”’