"It is a huge honor and responsibility and I look forward to getting to know this historic instrument and to sharing its unique voice with audiences around the world.
Growing up in a small Israeli kibbutz, I fell in love with the sound of the cello through listening to the famous recordings of Pablo Casals.
Now, thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Casals Istomin and the Casals Foundation, a dream has come true.
I'm overwhelmed with excitement... The smell of the maestro's pipe is still there..."