Jacqueline DuPre’s cello is now in Hungarian hands

Jacqueline DuPre’s cello is now in Hungarian hands


norman lebrecht

December 14, 2016

The anonymous purchaser of the Du Pre-Harell Stradivarius has placed it on extended loan with the young Hungarian cellist István Várdai.

The ‘Du Pré-Harrell’, made in 1673, is one of fewer than 65 surviving Strad cellos. Past owners include Jacqueline du Pré (who also played the 1712 ‘Davidov’ Strad), the American cellist Lynn Harrell and the Russian-American Nina Kotova, wife of IMG co-owner Barrett Wissmann.

István Várdai, the 2014 ARD winner, has a recording of the six Bach suites out next month on Brilliant Classics.



  • Tamas Körner says:

    Várdai plays on the Bach CD to be released soon not yet on the “du Pré-Harrell Stradivari”(which he has had only for a few weeks) but on his Montagnana from 1720 (which he can also keep).