The family of the late

Bernard Greenhouse

is pleased to offer for sale:

A Violoncello made by

Antonio Stradivari

Cremona, 1707

“Paganini, Countess of Stainlein”

For Immediate Release:

The “Paganini, Countess of Stainlein” cello sold in private sale by Reuning & Son Violins

Cello to be endowed
to Stéphane Tétreault

January 23, 2012, Boston – Reuning & Son Violins is pleased to announce the sale of the Stradivari cello of 1707, the “Paganini, Countess of Stainlein”. The cello was purchased for an undisclosed amount via sealed bid by a patroness of the arts from Montreal, Canada. The instrument will be endowed to the talented 18 year-old Canadian cellist Stéphane Tétreault.

The “Paganini, Countess of Stainlein” is one of only 60 cellos remaining from the famous luthier Antonio Stradivari, and was most recently owned by the famed Beaux Arts Trio cellist Bernard Greenhouse. Christopher Reuning of Reuning & Son Violins,said, “The family of Bernard Greenhouse had expressed a great interest in the cello remaining in the hands of a musician, and that desire has come to fruition. That Mr. Tétreault will now have an opportunity to make his own name with this amazing instrument is both a perfect ending and a perfect beginning.”

Stéphane Tétreault, currently a student at the University of Montreal under his longtime mentor Yuli Turovsky, is a rising star on the international music scene. He has been a finalist in several music competitions and was recently named Discovery of the Year 2011-2012 by Radio-Canada. “I am thrilled to have the privilege of playing this incredible Stradivari cello,” said Stéphane, “and I am immensely touched and humbled to have been chosen to play an instrument that was cherished for so many years by Bernard Greenhouse, who has always had my great respect and admiration.”

About Reuning & Son Violins

Reuning & Son Violins was founded in Ithaca, New York, by Christopher Reuning and his parents, where they served a national clientele for over 20 years. Mr. Reuning relocated the shop to Boston, Massachusetts in 1994, and has since established it as an important international source for fine stringed instruments. Reuning & Son Violins takes great pride in their reputation for offering personal, reliable service though their staff of exacting professionals with a profound scholarly interest in stringed instruments, and a keen understanding of the needs of serious musicians.

In the News:

January 24, 2012

Bloomberg TV

Christopher Reuning of Reuning & Son Violins, talks about the Stradivari cello he auctioned for over $6 million last week and the outlook for the rare musical instrument market. Reuning speaks with Deirdre Bolton on Bloomberg Television’s “Money Moves.”
» watch the interview

January 24, 2012


Please watch the first LIVE performance by 18 year old cellist Stéphane Tétreault on Canada AM this morning on his new Stradivari cello “Paganini, Countess of Stainlein”.
» watch the interview

January 23, 2012


A wonderful radio interview recorded on CBC – Radio Canada today. Cellist Stéphane Tétreault discusses his new cello and meets Elena Delbanco, the daughter of the late Bernard Greenhouse.
» listen to the interview

January 22, 2012

The New York Times

A Beloved Set of Strings Goes to a Good Home
» read the article

January 15, 2012

NPR Weekend Edition Sunday

Elena Delbanco, Bernard Greenhouse’s daughter, speaks about her father’s beloved Stradivari cello on Weekend Edition, today on NPR.
» listen to the interview

January 13, 2012

New York Times Magazine

The sale of the “Paganini, Countess of Stainlein” featured in-depth, in a newly published New York Times Magazine article: Selling a 300-Year-Old Cello.