Talk about the ultimate mashup. One of the greatest cellists of our age comes face-to-face with the instruments of a master — and the combination is total bliss. “Watch, or more importantly, listen to what happened when rising classical music star Sheku Kanneh-Mason came to Sotheby’s to meet – and play – three cellos belonging to legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich,” the video explains. “Sheku, who cites Rostropovich as one of his musical heroes, won the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year award and played at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle earlier this year.”
Though Kanneh-Mason’s splash at the royal wedding was certainly something to behold, his talent goes far beyond one celebrity-studded performance. His grace, understanding, and sheer capability will leave you speechless. As you watch him first come into contact with the instruments of his hero, you can see his total awe — and then, the music happens. You can see the whole video here:
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is already proving to be a once-in-a-generation artist — and he’s one of the only performers who could do justice to these remarkable instruments.