Today in Cellist History

Historical Events

  • 1961-03-01 Cellist Jacqueline du Prés debut in Wigmore Hall

Famous Birthdays

  • 1675-07-12 Evaristo E Felice dall' Abaco, Italian cellist/composer
  • 1740-03-19 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austrian(?), violin cellist
  • 1743-02-19 [Ridolfo] Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, cellist (Minuet)
  • 1767-11-11 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist/composer/royal chaplain bandmaster
  • 1783-01-20 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)
  • 1838-03-15 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • 1859-09-24 Julius Klengel, cellist/composer
  • 1876-12-29 Pablo Casals, Vendrell Catalonia Spain, cellist/conductor/composer
  • 1886-03-04 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • 1894-10-27 Antonius "Toon" Verhey, violin cellist/conductor (Residence-orch)
  • 1895-12-05 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cellist/pianist/composer
  • 1898-01-29 Fernand Quinet, Belgian cellist/composer/conductor (La Guerre)
  • 1902-11-22 Emanuel Feuermann, Kolomea Galicia, cellist (Chicago Symph Orch)
  • 1903-04-17 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ekaterinoslav Russia, cellist (or 4/20)
  • 1906-06-24 Pierre Fournier, violon cellist (Paris Conservatoire), born in Paris, France
  • 1912-06-30 [J] Tibor de Machula, Hungarian/Dutch cellist
  • 1916-01-03 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist
  • 1916-01-12 William Pleeth, British cellist (d. 1999)
  • 1918-07-27 Leonard Rose, concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1920-09-30 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American musician and cellist
  • 1921-12-08 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher
  • 1921-12-21 Joan Dickson, cellist
  • 1923-01-13 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • 1923-02-24 David Soyer, American cellist
  • 1924-07-05 János Starker, Hungarian cellist, (d. 2013)
  • 1927-03-27 Mstislav Leopold Rostropovich, Baku USSR, cellist/conductor
  • 1944-01-30 Lynn Harrell, cellist, born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-03-19 Myung-Wha Chung, Seoul Korea, cellist (Chung Trio)
  • 1945-01-26 Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist (d. 1987)
  • 1946-03-04 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1946-11-08 Roy Wood, rock vocalist/cellist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947-03-13 Beat Richner, Swiss physician and cellist
  • 1948-01-10 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist
  • 1948-06-09 Nathaniel Rosen, Altadena Ca, cellist (Tchaikovsky-gold-1978)
  • 1951-04-14 Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist
  • 1953-09-14 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (d. 1998)
  • 1955-10-07 Yo-Yo Ma, world famous cellist (2001 National Medal of Arts, 2011 Presidential Medal of Freedom), born in Paris, France
  • 1964-04-11 Johann Sebastian Paetsch, American cellist
  • 1968-07-29 Paavo Lotjonen, Finnish Cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • 1973-01-19 Antero Manninen, Finnish Cellist
  • 1975-08-05 Eicca Toppinen, Finnish cellist (Apocalyptica)
  • 1978-05-11 Perttu Kivilaakso, Finnish Cellist from the band Apocalyptica
  • 1979-08-08 Richard Harwood, British cellist
  • 1995-08-05 Devo Keenan American cellist

Famous Deaths

  • 1742-07-12 Evaristo EF dall' Abaco, Ital cellist/composer, dies on 67th birthday
  • 1805-05-28 Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini, Ital composer/cellist (Minuet), dies at 62
  • 1820-01-25 Joseph F Weigl, German/Austria violin cellist, dies at 79
  • 1841-08-13 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist/composer, dies
  • 1860-03-06 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (b. 1783)
  • 1889-02-26 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • 1924-05-26 Victor Herbert, Irish/US cellist/composer/conductor, dies at 65
  • 1952-07-02 Henriette H Bosmans, Dutch cello player/pianist/composer, dies at 56
  • 1958-08-19 Antonius "Toon" Verhey, violin cellist/conductor, dies at 63
  • 1973-10-22 Pablo Casals, Spanish violin cellist/conductor/composer, dies at 96
  • 1976-08-06 Gregor Piatigorsky, Russian cellist, dies at 73
  • 1982-12-18 Tibor de Machula, Hungary/Neth cellist, dies at 70
  • 1986-01-08 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • 1987-10-19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • 1992-04-04 Arthur Russell, American cellist (b. 1951)
  • 1994-10-09 Joan Dickson, cellist, dies at 72
  • 1995-02-25 Terence Weil, cellist/teacher, dies at 73
  • 1995-10-12 Eleanor Aller, cellist, dies at 78
  • 1997-02-07 Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • 1998-04-09 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer (b. 1953)
  • 2007-04-27 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (b. 1927)
  • 2009-12-26 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer (b. 1958)
  • 2013-04-28 János Starker, Hungarian cellist, dies at 88