Marie Deketelaere-Hanna decided to revive the precious cello that belonged to her grandmother, Odette Masson (née Krettly), who won first prize for cello in 1912 and was Pierre Fournier’s teacher. Her mother had inherited it and had kept it carefully with her because she was very attached to it.
For Marie Deketelaere-Hanna, there is no question of selling an instrument so full of family history. But leaving it dormant is not satisfactory either. On the other hand, integrating it into a chain of musical solidarity like the one proposed by Talents & Violon’celles and thus giving it back its life and value to talented musicians seemed to her to be a very relevant project.
Once the decision was made, Marie Deketelaere-Hanna relied on T&V, which valued the instrument, insured it and took care of everything. “This was exactly what I was looking for,” she says. “The cello is safe, it’s played, it’s useful, I can take it back if I need to, and as my compass in life is to try to be useful, everything is for the best. When I heard it played at the workshop and it was confirmed that it was a very good instrument, it was a joyful moment, my mother would have loved to have been witness to.