Ashok has been loaned the 'Segelman' Stradivarius cello by the Royal Academy of Music, where he is currently a Leverhulme Chamber Fellow. The instrument was made in 1692 and in addition to its incredible tone, it is also a remarkably beautiful instrument to behold.

This loan was kindly organised by the Royal Academy in light of all the important concerts and competitions Ashok and the Barbirolli Quartet will be undertaking around the world over the coming year.

Ashok is incredibly grateful to the Royal Academy of Music for arranging this.