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The cello is one of the most classical and most beautiful musical instruments in the world. The instrument has permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending itself to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of the cello and are considered giants in the classical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, these famous cellists have all carved a place out for themselves in the music business and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite cellist in the world. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.
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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Yo-Yo Ma France, United States of America

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Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Mstislav Rostropovich Azerbaijan, United States of America, Soviet Union

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Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Jacqueline du Pré United Kingdom

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Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Pablo Casals Spain

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Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Mischa Maisky Latvia, Israel

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Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa

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+ - 67 50
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Gregor Piatigorsky United States of America

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Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Steven Isserlis United Kingdom

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Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Zuill Bailey An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!

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Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Emanuel Feuermann Austria, United States of America

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Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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+ - 46 55
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Leonard Rose United States of America

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Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Lynn Harrell United States of America

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Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Steven Sharp Nelson United States of America

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Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Heinrich Schiff Austria

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Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Miklós Perényi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Pablo Ferrández-Castro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Pablo Ferrández-Castro

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Boris Pergamenschikow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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+ - 74 124
Наталья Гутман is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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+ - 44 74
Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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David Geringas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
David Geringas Germany

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Maja Bogdanovic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Maja Bogdanovic www.majabogdanovic.com

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Andrei Ionuț Ioniță is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Andrei Ionuț Ioniță

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Antonio Meneses is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Andrei Ionut Ionita is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Andrei Ionut Ionita

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Myung-wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Myung-wha Chung South Korea

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+ - 6 14
Carlos Prieto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Carlos Prieto Mexico

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+ - 9 21
Ophélie Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alisa Weilerstein United States of America

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+ - 19 42
Paul Katz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Paul Katz United States of America

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+ - 18 35
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Sol Gabetta Argentina

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Lorne Munroe is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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+ - 6 20
Marek Szpakiewicz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Marek Szpakiewicz

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Dorukhan Doruk is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Dorukhan Doruk

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Harriet Krijgh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Harriet Krijgh

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Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Johannes Moser Canada, Germany

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Denise Djokic is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Dariusz Skoraczewski is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Dariusz Skoraczewski An awesome principal cellist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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Thomas Beckmann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Jussi Makkonen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Peter Wiley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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+ - 7 46
Julian Armour is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Julian Armour Canada, United States of America

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Phoebe Carrai is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Kanon Wakeshima is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cellists in the World