Sadness: A great cellist has diedmain
The family of Anner Bijlsma have shared the lamentable news of his death in Amsterdam last night at the age of 85.
Principal cellist of the Concertgebouw orchestra in the 1960s, he developed an interest in period performance and collaborated extensively with Frans Brüggen and Gustav Leonhardt. His recording of the Bach suites was the first on a period instrument. He founded a gut string ensemble Archibudelli with his violinist wife, Vera Beths.
The son of a violin teacher in The Hague, he won a Pablo Casals competition in Mexico at 25 and was destined for international fame.
UPDATE: The difference that Anner made.