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Bishopstone Manor Middle
Bishopstone Road
East Sussex, BN25 2UD, UK
+44 (0)1323 351292

The Artistic Director of Cello Classics is Sebastian Comberti. Over the last twenty five years he has been at the forefront of many spheres of the London music scene. Since becomSebastian Combertiing a founder member of the Bochmann Quartet in the 1970s, he is in great demand as a chamber player with several groups, and has recorded with Hausmusik, London Mozart Players Chamber Ensemble, and Divertimenti amongst others. As principal cellist and regular soloist with London's oldest chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players for nearly two decades, he also appears frequently as guest principal with other orchestras.

In the field of Period Instrument performance he has been a part of the Early Music movement since the early 1980s, working with all of the London groups. he is a principal player with the Hanover Band and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Research into 18th and 19th Century cello repertoire has led to many recitals and broadcasts of neglected masterpieces.

It has been this interest that has led to the founding of Cello Classics:

"Having been involved in the cataloguing of a major private collection of both printed music and recorded archive material, I became aware that there was a wealth of material, much of it unknown even to fellow cellists.

It became apparent to me that this rich seam would merit the attention of lovers of the cello worldwide, and thus the decision was taken to launch a label devoted to the cello and its great exponents of the past. Despite the many existing cello recordings, there is still a lot of wonderful music which needs to be recorded - and many great cellists.

Clarinet Classics has shown what effect the enthusiasm for a particular interest can have on a label, and I thought we could do much the same for the cello. I soon found that there was great excitement from other cellists and I am delighted that so many of them have decided to involve themselves in this venture.

So, over the next few years Cello Classics will release the best of historical reissues, and bring to light some of the masterpieces which have lain unattended for too long."