Born 1902 in Buenos Aires, Anthony Pini began his cello playing in Arbroath, Scotland. He played with his Scottish mother in a piano trio, playing music for the silent movies. He met Casals as a teenager whilst working in the Scottish Orchestra, and decided to move to London to pursue his career. He was principal cello of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Opera House. Later in life he became a professor at the Royal College of Music, London.