Gramophone Award Winner Forced into Retirement with Rheumatic Disease

David Watkin Scleroderma REtirement cello cover

It has been announced today that British cellist David Watkin will be forced to give up his performance career – due to a chronic auto-immune rheumatic disease.

The 49 year old period-virtuoso was just last week awarded the winner of the coveted Gramophone Magazine 'Best Baroque Instrumental Recording of 2015' - for this acclaimed recording of the Bach Cello Suites.

Watkin has indicated he has been diagnosed with scleroderma, a systemic sclerosis and chronic connective tissue disease causing blood vessels to break under pressure – including when he is pressing on a cello string.

He has indicated he will now focus his music career on teaching and conducting.