Famous Cellists in Music History

Events in Music


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1919-10-26 Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85, his last notable work, premieres in Queen's Hall London

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1959-10-04 Dmitri Shostakovich's 1st Cello concert premieres in Leningrad

Birthdays in Music

  • 1675-07-12 Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco, Italian cellist and composer, born in Verona, Italy (d. 1742)
  • 1686-08-19 Antonio Tonelli, Italian cellist and composer, born in Carpi, Italy (d. 1765)
  • 1713-03-25 Jean-Baptiste Canavas, Italian composer and cellist, born in Turin (d. 1784)
  • 1721-10-25 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, born in Reims (d. 1785)
  • 1724-10-01 Giovanni Battista Cirri, Italian cellist and composer, born in Forlì, Emilia-Romagna Region, Italy (d. 1808)
  • 1737-08-19 Johann Georg Christoph Schetky, German cellist and composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1824)
  • 1740-05-19 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', born in Bavaria (d. 1820)
  • 1743-02-19 (Ridolfo) Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer, who worked in the Spanish court, born in Lucca, Kingdom Of Italy (d. 1803)
  • 1749-10-04 Jean-Louis Duport, French cellist and composer, born in France (d. 1819)
  • 1753-11-06 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, French cellist and composer, born in Paris (d. 1823)
  • 1758-10-26 Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey, French classical cellist and composer, born in Lauzerte, France (d. 1811)
  • 1759-11-20 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, Hungarian cellist and composer, baptized in Leštiny (d. 1833)
  • 1763-06-15 Franz Danzi, German composer and cellist, born in Schwetzingen (d. 1826)
  • 1763-07-02 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, born in Mannheim, Palatinate (d. 1846)
  • 1767-11-11 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist, composer and royal chaplain bandmaster, born in Dinklage, Germany (d. 1841)
  • 1770-11-08 Friedrich Witt, German cellist and composer (Jena Symphony; , The Suffering Saviour), born in Niederstetten, Germany (d. 1836)
  • 1775-06-13 Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian politician, cellist, and composer, born in Vilnius, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (now Lithuania) (d. 1833)
  • 1776-06-01 John George Schetky, American violoncellist, music teacher and composer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1831)
  • 1779-03-06 Philipp Roth, German cellist, and composer, born at Tarnowitz in Prussian Silesia (now Tarnowskie Góry, Poland) (d. 1898)
  • 1783-01-20 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (d. 1860)
  • 1783-06-08 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, born in Trachenberg, Silesia (d. 1837)
  • 1797-09-16 Anthony Panizzi, Italian librarian at British Museum, born in Brescello, Italy (d. 1879)
  • 1806-09-13 Moritz Ganz, German composer and cellist, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1868)
  • 1807-11-16 François George-Hainl, French cellist and composer, born in Issoire, France (d. 1873)
  • 1808-04-10 Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, born in Lille, France (d. 1884)
  • 1824-08-19 Georg Goltermann, German cellist and composer, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1898)
  • 1826-10-22 Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian composer and cellist, born in Casalmaggiore, Italy (d. 1882)
  • 1832-03-01 Friedrich Grutzmacher, German cellist and composer, born in Dessau, Germany (d. 1903)
  • 1838-03-15 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • 1841-09-08 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavonic Dances; New World Symphony; Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104), born in Nelahozeves, Czech Republic (d. 1904)
  • 1856-01-09 Stevan Mokranjac [Stojanović], Serbian cellist, educator and composer of choral music (Garlands), born in Negotin, Principality of Serbia (d. 1914)
  • 1859-02-01 Victor Herbert, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Babes in Toyland; Eileen), born in Guernsey, Bailiwick of Guernsey (d. 1924) [he believed he was born in Dublin, Ireland] [1]
  • 1859-09-24 Julius Klengel, German cellist and composer, born in Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony (d. 1933)
  • 1876-12-29 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, born in Vendrell, Catalonia, Spain (d. 1973)
  • 1880-02-01 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), born in Venice, Italy (d. 1952)
  • 1880-11-02 John Foulds, British cellist, musicologist, and composer (World Requiem; Three Mantras), born in Hulme, Manchester, England (d. 1939)
  • 1885-04-29 Wallingford Riegger, American cellist, composer (New Dance; Cooper Square), and educator, born in Albany, Georgia (d. 1961)
  • 1886-03-04 Paul Bazelaire, French cellist (d. 1958)
  • 1887-03-05 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1887-12-29 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, born in Osaka (d. 1965)
  • 1889-07-22 Frederick Preston Search, American cellist, composer and conductor (Bridge Builders), born in Pueblo, Colorado (d. 1959)
  • 1891-02-07 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, born in Romni, Ukraine (d. 1982)
  • 1892-05-31 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1976)
  • 1897-09-13 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1966)
  • 1898-01-29 Fernand Quinet, Belgian cellist/composer/conductor (La Guerre)
  • 1898-10-14 Maurice Martenot, French cellist, WWI radio telegrapher, and instrument inventor (ondes Martenot), born in Paris, France (d. 1980)
  • 1899-03-02 Harald Søltoft Agersnap, Danish cellist, pianist, conductor, and composer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1931-66), born in Vinding, Denmark  (d. 1982)
  • 1902-11-22 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symph Orchestra), born in Kolomyja, Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (d. 1942)
  • 1903-04-17 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, born in Ekaterinoslav, Ukraine (d. 1976)
  • 1905-02-17 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), born in Chicago, Illinois (1944)
  • 1906-06-24 Pierre Fournier, violon cellist (Paris Conservatoire), born in Paris, France
  • 1907-12-27 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), born in Winterswijk, Netherlands (d. 1978)
  • 1909-01-10 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, born in Ostrava, Czech Republic (d. 1973)
  • 1912-06-30 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, born in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (d. 1982)
  • 1913-04-03 George Barati, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), born in Győr, Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1914-03-21 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, born in Paris (d. 1990)
  • 1916-01-03 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2011)
  • 1916-01-12 William Pleeth, British cellist, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1999)
  • 1917-11-05 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), born in Sumatra, Indonesia (d. 1983)
  • 1918-01-21 Antonio Janigro, Italian cellist (Zagreb Soloists), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1918-07-27 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1984)
  • 1919-02-25 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2013).
  • 1920-05-27 Gwyneth George, Welsh cellist and teacher, born on the Mumbles, Wales (d. 2016)
  • 1920-09-30 Aldo Parisot, Brazilian-American musician and cellist
  • 1921-01-09 Seymour Barab, American cellist (Philip Glass Ensemble), and composer of fairy tale operas (Little Red Riding Hood), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)
  • 1921-03-19 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1921-12-08 Terence Weil, British cellist (Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1921-12-09 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), born in London (d. 1995)
  • 1921-12-21 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1994)
  • 1923-01-13 Danil Shafran, cellist
  • 1923-02-24 David Soyer, American cellist
  • 1924-07-05 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2013)
  • 1927-03-27 Mstislav Rostropovich, Soviet-Russian cellist and conductor, born in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR (d. 2007)
  • 1928-03-29 Derek Simpson, British cellist (Aeolian String Quartet, 1956-81; Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever), and teacher, born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1930-05-16 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1931-10-20 Jules Eskin, American cellist (Boston Symphony, 1964-2016), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2016)
  • 1935-09-04 Ora Bat Chaim, Israeli cellist and composer born in Ramat Gan, Israel
  • 1936-03-02 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1937-05-04 Ron Carter, American jazz double bassist and cellist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • 1937-06-21 Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2001)
  • 1939-06-07 Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist (Borodin Trio, 1976-91), conductor (I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, 1983-2011), and teacher, born in Moscow, USSR (d. 2013)
  • 1944-01-30 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, born in New York City, New York (d. 2020)
  • 1944-03-19 Myung-Wha Chung, Korean concert cellist (Chung Trio), and educator, born in Seoul, Japanese Korea (now South Korea)
  • 1945-01-26 Jacqueline du Pré, English cellist, born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 1987)
  • 1946-03-04 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1946-11-08 Roy Wood, English rock vocalist and cellist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947-03-13 Beat Richner, Swiss physician (founder of children's hospitals in Cambodia) and cellist, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1948-01-10 Mischa Maisky, Latvian cellist, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1948-05-31 Mike Edwards, aka Swami Deva Pramada, British cellist (ELO), born in London (d. 2010)
  • 1948-06-09 Nathaniel Rosen, American cellist (Tchaikovsky-gold-1978), born in Altadena California
  • 1948-07-14 Akua Dixon, American jazz cellist, arranger, composer, and educator, (Quartette Indigo), born in New York City
  • 1948-08-17 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, born in Blagoveshchensk, Russia (d. 2014)
  • 1948-09-23 Tomas Ulrich, American classical, jazz and rock cellist and composer (Diller-Quaile String Quartet), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1951-04-14 Julian Lloyd Webber, English cellist (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), born in London
  • 1951-05-21 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1992)
  • 1951-11-18 Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor, born in Gmunden, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1952-01-15 Melvyn Gale, English cellist (Electric Light Orchestra, 1975-79 - "Livin' Thing"), born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1953-06-15 Raphael Wallfisch, British concert cellist, born in London, England
  • 1953-07-31 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), born in Hampstead, London (d. 2018)
  • 1953-09-14 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, born in Yancey Mills, Virginia (d. 1998)

Deaths in Music

  • 1742-07-12 Evaristo Felice dall'Abaco, Italian cellist and composer, dies on 67th birthday
  • 1747-06-06 Jean Barriere, French composer and cellist, dies at 40
  • 1765-12-25 Antonio Tonelli, Italian cellist and composer, dies at 79
  • 1784-06-07 Jean-Baptiste Canavas [Canvasso], Italian composer and cellist, dies at 71
  • 1785-06-25 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, dies at 63
  • 1805-05-28 Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer (Minuet), dies at 62
  • 1808-06-11 Giovanni Battista Cirri, Italian cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1811-05-12 Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey, French classical cellist and composer, dies at 52
  • 1819-09-07 Jean-Louis Duport, French cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1820-01-25 Joseph Franz Weigl, German cellist and early proponent of the 'thumb technique', dies at 79
  • 1823-03-18 Jean-Baptiste Sebastien Breval, French cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1824-11-30 Johann Georg Christoph Schetky, German cellist and composer, dies at 87
  • 1826-04-13 Franz Danzi, German composer & cellist, dies at 62
  • 1831-12-11 John George Schetky, American violoncellist, music teacher and composer, dies at 55
  • 1833-04-07 Antoni Radziwiłł, Polish-Lithuanian politician, cellist, and composer, dies at 57
  • 1836-01-03 Friedrich Witt, German cellist and composer (Jena Symphony; , The Suffering Saviour), dies at 65
  • 1837-03-26 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, dies at 53
  • 1838-01-20 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, French cellist and composer, dies at 64
  • 1841-08-13 Bernhard Romberg, German cellist, composer and royal chaplain bandmaster, dies at 73
  • 1846-08-01 Peter Ritter, German cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • 1860-03-06 Justus Johann Friedrich Dotzauer, German cellist and composer (b. 1783)
  • 1868-01-22 Moritz Ganz, German composer and cellist, dies at 61
  • 1873-06-02 François George-Hainl, French cellist and composer, dies at 65
  • 1882-02-03 Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian composer and cellist, dies at 55
  • 1883-06-10 Carl Grädener, German cellist, conductor, teacher, and composer, dies at 71
  • 1884-01-21 Auguste Franchomme, French cellist and composer, dies at 75
  • 1889-02-26 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (b. 1838)
  • 1898-12-29 Georg Goltermann, German cellist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1904-05-01 Antonín Dvořák, Czech composer (Slavonic Dances; New World Symphony; Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104), dies at 62
  • 1914-09-28 Stevan Mokranjac [Stojanović], Serbian cellist, educator and composer of choral music (Garlands), dies at 58
  • 1924-05-26 Victor Herbert, American cellist, composer, and conductor (Babes in Toyland; Eileen), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1933-10-27 Julius Klengel, German cellist and composer, dies at 74
  • 1939-04-25 John Foulds, British cellist, musicologist, and composer (World Requiem; Three Mantras), dies in Calcutta of cholera at 58
  • 1942-05-25 Emanuel Feuermann, cellist (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 39
  • 1944-10-18 Orville "Hoppy" Jones, American bass singer and cellist (The Ink Spots - "If I Didn't Care"), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 39
  • 1952-07-02 Henriëtte Bosmans, Dutch cellist, pianist and composer, dies at 56
  • 1952-11-25 Antonio Guarnieri, Italian cellist and opera conductor (La Scala, 1929-50), dies at 72
  • 1959-11-09 Frederick Preston Search, American cellist, composer and conductor (Bridge Builders), dies at 70
  • 1959-11-17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer, cellist, guitarist, and conductor (Bachianas Brasileiras), dies at 72
  • 1961-04-02 Wallingford Riegger, American cellist, composer (New Dance; Cooper Square), and educator, dies from head injuries in a dog walking accident at 75
  • 1965-08-01 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, dies at 77
  • 1965-12-14 Hermann Sandby, Danish cellist & composer, dies at 84
  • 1966-12-24 Gaspar Cassadó, Spanish cellist and composer, dies at 69
  • 1973-01-11 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • 1973-10-22 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96
  • 1976-08-06 Gregor Piatigorsky, Ukrainian-American cellist, dies at 73
  • 1976-09-30 Louis Fourestier, French cellist, composer (Polynice; Patria), conductor (Paris Opera, 1938-65), and pedagogue (Paris Conservatoire, 1945-65), dies at 84
  • 1978-07-27 Willem Van Otterloo, Dutch conductor, cellist and composer (Melbourne 1967-71), dies at 70
  • 1980-10-08 Maurice Martenot, French cellist, WWI radio telegrapher, and instrument inventor (ondes Martenot), dies at 81
  • 1982-01-16 Harald Søltoft Agersnap, Danish cellist, pianist, conductor, and composer (Royal Danish Theatre, 1931-66), dies at 82
  • 1982-11-14 Joachim Stutschewsky, Austrian-Israeli cellist, composer, and musicologist, dies at 91
  • 1982-12-18 Tibor de Machula, Hungarian-Dutch cellist, dies at 70
  • 1983-07-04 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • 1984-11-16 Leonard Rose, American concert cellist (NY Phil 1943-51), dies at 66
  • 1986-01-08 Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • 1987-10-19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies at 42
  • 1988-05-20 Harry Babasin, American jazz bassist and cellist (Dodo Marmarosa Trio), and archivist (Los Angeles Theaseum), dies of emphysema at 67
  • 1990-12-18 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, dies at 76
  • 1992-04-04 Arthur Russell, American experimental classical-pop fusion cellist, and composer, dies of AIDS at 40
  • 1994-10-09 Joan Dickson, British cellist and teacher, dies at 72
  • 1995-02-25 Terence Weil, British cellist (English Chamber Orchestra; Melos Ensemble), dies at 73
  • 1995-10-12 Eleanor Aller, cellist, dies at 78
  • 1996-05-08 Jane Cowan, British cello teacher (International Cello Centre), dies at 80
  • 1996-06-22 George Barati, Hungarian-American cellist, composer, and conductor (Honolulu Symphony, 1950-67), dies at 83
  • 1997-02-07 Danil Shafran, cellist, dies at 74
  • 1998-04-09 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, dies at 44
  • 2000-01-27 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), dies at 69
  • 2001-11-13 Raphaël Sommer, Czech cellist, and educator, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 64 [1]
  • 2007-04-27 Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor, dies at 80
  • 2007-06-22 Derek Simpson, British cellist (Aeolian String Quartet, 1956-81; Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever), and teacher, dies at 79
  • 2009-12-26 Felix Wurman, American cellist and composer, dies of Cancer at 51
  • 2011-05-13 Bernard Greenhouse, American cellist (Beaux Arts Trio), dies at 95
  • 2013-01-15 Yuli Turovsky, Russian-Canadian cellist (Borodin Trio, 1976-91), conductor (I Musici de Montreal Chamber Orchestra, 1983-2011), and teacher, dies at 73 [1]
  • 2013-04-28 János Starker, Hungarian-American cellist, dies at 88
  • 2013-09-07 Fred Katz, American classical and jazz cellist (Chico Hamilton Quintet), and composer (Roger Corman films), dies at 84
  • 2014-01-31 Alexander Ivashkin, Russian cellist, conductor, and sitar player, dies at 65
  • 2014-06-28 Seymour Barab, American cellist (Philip Glass Ensemble), and composer of fairy tale operas (Little Red Riding Hood), dies at 93
  • 2014-10-11 Mats Rondin, Swedish cellist, conductor, and educator, dies at 54
  • 2016-02-16 Gwyneth George, Welsh cellist and teacher, dies at 95
  • 2016-11-15 Jules Eskin, American cellist (Boston Symphony, 1964-2016), dies of cancer at 85 [1]
  • 2016-12-23 Heinrich Schiff, Austrian cellist and conductor, dies at 65
  • 2018-03-16 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), dies at 82
  • 2018-11-06 Hugh McDowell, British cellist (Electric Light Orchestra), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2020-04-27 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, dies at 76