I was born in Vic in 1953, and will always belong to that town, although I have been living in Barcelona since I was a child. One Sunday morning, when I was 7 or 8 I accompanied my father to visit a luthier workshop. I cannot recall why we went there or where exactly it was. However, I remember with crystal clarity the sunlight coming in through the window, the instruments hanging and piled up, the sound of the violoncello they were testing and, above all, the unmistakable smell that has been with me ever since. Today I am pretty sure that special atmosphere influenced a great deal of what I wanted, what I have done, what I am.