Artistic Director of the House of music in Saint-Petersburg cellist Sergei Roldugin going after a musical career to give the state property a cello “Stuart” Stradivarius, which he bought on money of sponsors. This Roldugin said Thursday at a press conference, reports “RIA Novosti”.
Roldugin said that the cello that belonged to Frederick of Prussia, “is worth many millions of dollars.” “The tool belongs to me now, but, of course, that I have no money, so he bought with the money of philanthropists, and he would go to the state,” he said.
He did not specify where it is stored cello, citing security issues. “Set a furious security guard, every morning when you come to do with the tool, to alert security, I took it and will return,” said the cellist. He noted that “people of serious criminal gangs do not claim to such tools, because they are too recognizable in the markets.
To call the names of the benefactors who paid for the acquisition of tools, Roldugin refused. However, he played to the journalists present at the event.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the media forum of the Russian popular front in April 2016, called Sergei Roldugin his friend and said he is proud that he has such friends. “Almost all the money he spent for the purchase of musical instruments abroad and brought them to Russia, passing in the property of state institutions”, — said Putin.
Later, during a straight line Putin has mentioned owned by Roldugin cello with the name “Stuart”. The President noted that recently the musician was on the stage with her in Moscow. “Journalists wrote that we were playing on an old, apparently used, tool, but, apparently, loved. Indeed, it is a tool that has been used: in use is from 1732 and is the work of the great master Stradivarius”, — said Putin.