A valuable cello by Giovanni Grancino from approximately the year 1700 has been acquired for the Orchestra of the Finnish National Opera (FNO). The purchase was made possible by Mandatum Life and its investment product targeted at professional investors.
”This is a wonderful opportunity. It’s amazing to be able to play such a superior instrument. Like a fine wine that improves with age, it gets better the longer you play it, giving pleasure to both the musician and the audience,”
says cello soloist Samuli Peltonen, to whom the instrument will be assigned.
The Orchestra of the FNO is Finland’s largest symphony orchestra, which plays in nearly 200 opera and ballet performances and concerts every year. It is an essential part of the artistic operations of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
”Valuable instruments have an important role in helping us retain the best talent in our constantly evolving work community. The artistic standard of our orchestra reflects upon our ability to attract first-rate conductors and soloists, too. What’s more, instruments with a beautiful tone further elevate the experiences we provide to our audience,” says Lilli Paasikivi, the Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera.
The audience of the Finnish National Opera can hear the instrument being played already in this spring’s performances at the Opera House.
The limited availability of valuable instruments like the Grancino cello increases their value, which often makes them unattainable to individual musicians. Besides the Grancino, the Finnish National Opera and Ballet is in possession of two other valuable instruments: the Andrea Guarneri violin owned by wine industry entrepreneur Juha Berglund and the Tononi cello owned by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation.
For more information, please contact:
Mandatum Life: Lauri Vaittinen, Senior Vice President, Investment Solutions, tel. +358 (0)50 382 1674