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This year - BBC Proms celebrates the cello. Sol Gabetta describes why she loves the instrument / theguardian

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This year, the BBC Proms celebrates the cello, with 12 concerts dedicated to the instrument. As she prepares to open the event's first night, Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta describes why she loves this strange, beautiful and ‘erotic' instrument People often ask me why I chose the cello. The answer is simple: in fact, the cello chose me.

I attended a school with a strong choral tradition. From a very early age, I sang in a choir and loved the wonderful collegiate feeling associated with group singing. I knew that music would always play an important part in my life and that I wanted to perform in front of an audience, but when I tried out the piano, the clarinet and, aged two and a half, the violin, I felt as if I had not found my right musical place. It was when I turned to the cello, however – at the age of four – that suddenly I felt immediately at home. The cello sound very closely recalls the human voice, so it felt instantly familiar to me: it seems to represent soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices all in one, a unifying quality which is very rare and special.

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