Bonhams, the international fine art auction house, announces support for the Amsterdam Cello Biennale

Bonhams is delighted to announce its association as a major supporter of the Amsterdam Cello Biennale from 26 October to 3 November.

The Biennale events take place in Het Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Pietheinkade 5, Amsterdam), a remarkable waterside building, and include recitals, performances, lectures, workshops, master classes, a competition. There will also be a Bonhams Musical Instrument Advisory Day.

Many major performers and orchestras will be performing and talking about their instruments, their technique and repertoire.

Bonhams has enjoyed a long association with Music in Holland, recently sponsoring the Oscar Back Violin Competition, and was delighted to accept the Biennale's invitation to participate again in an event of major musical and cultural significance in Holland.

Simon Cottle Bonhams Director of European Operations noted recently: "Holland is a strategic part of our increasingly successful European initiatives and we are very happy to support this Biennale."

Philip Scott, Head of Musical Instruments at Bonhams comments, "We look forward to this Biennale as an opportunity to reach out to new musical markets."

Saskia Magnin, Head of the Bonhams operation in Holland, adds: "The Dutch are really a music loving people. Not only modern music, classic music plays an important role and children learn to play on stringed instruments as a part of their education. We have produced numbers of well-known cello and violin players with international reputations.

For the cello there is Tibor de Machula and Anner Bijlsma – who is the founding father of this Cello Biennale, he will be present for advice and will have his own talk show - Pieter Wispelwey, Jean Decroos, French by birth but living and working in the Netherlands, and Quirine Viersen.

Representing the violin there is Theo Oloff, Herman Krebbers, Emmy Verhey, Oskar Back, Jaap van Zweden and Janine Janssen.

Also the Orkest van de 18e eeuw (the Orchestra for the 18th Century Music) with Frans Bruggen, Gustav Leonhardt and Tonne Koopman has an international reputation.

Bonhams valuation days for musical instruments reflect this enormous enthusiasm for classical music: we meet a lot of people, professionals and amateurs, who show us their treasures: sometimes of a significant age, from the old Italian makers, and kept for generations in the same family. Philip Scott, our specialist for musical instruments, will be available at the Cello Biennale on the Friday 2 November for free expert advice. We are looking forward to meet clients there."

Bonhams operates in 27 countries and offers more than 700 sales a year in 60 different collecting categories in its superb salerooms in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the USA.


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to

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