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List of Famous Cellists

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List of famous cellists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top cellists in the world? This includes the most prominent cellists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable cellists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic cellists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned cellists.

List contains people like Arthur Russell and Jacqueline du Pré.

From reputable, prominent, and well known cellists to the lesser known cellists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cellist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cellists ever?" and "What are the names of famous cellists?" then you're in the right place. (61 items)
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    Yo-Yo Ma is a French-born Chinese American cellist. Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of five. He graduated from Juilliard School and Harvard University and has enjoyed a prolific career as both a soloist performing with ...more

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    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Cellist
    • Credits: Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach
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    Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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    Pau Casals i Defilló, known during his professional career as Pablo Casals, was a Spanish Catalan cellist and conductor. He is generally regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest cellists of all time. He made many recordings throughout his career, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 97 (1876-1973)
    • Birthplace: El Vendrell, Spain
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Cellist, Teacher
    • Credits: Windjammer, United Nations Day Concert with Pablo Casals
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    Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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    Paul Tortelier was a French cellist and composer. more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1914-1990)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Composer, Cellist
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    Luigi Boccherini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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    Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini was an Italian classical era composer and cellist whose music retained a courtly and galante style while he matured somewhat apart from the major European musical centers. Boccherini is most widely known for one particular minuet from his String Quintet in E, Op. 11, No. 5, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1743-1805)
    • Birthplace: Lucca, Italy
    • Profession: Composer, Cellist
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    Arthur Russell was an American cellist, composer, singer and musician whose work spanned the genres of classical, disco, experimental, folk and rock. Notable artists who collaborated with Russell include Allen Ginsberg, Philip Glass, Talking Heads, Jennifer Warnes, Bootsy Collins, and Nicky ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1951-1992)
    • Birthplace: Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Musician, Composer, Cellist, Singer
    • Credits: Keep the Lights On, Shootout at Lokhandwala, Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, Hulla
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    Jacques Offenbach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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    Jacques Offenbach was a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The Tales of Hoffmann. He was a powerful influence on later composers of the operetta genre, particularly Johann ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1819-1880)
    • Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
    • Profession: Impresario, Composer, Cellist
    • Credits: The Hotel New Hampshire, Prêt-à-Porter, The Tales of Hoffmann, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Ludwig, + more
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    Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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    Emanuel Feuermann was an internationally celebrated cellist in the first half of the 20th century. more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1902-1942)
    • Birthplace: Kolomyia, Ukraine
    • Profession: Music Educator, Music pedagogue, Cellist
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    Pierre Fournier was a French cellist who was called the "aristocrat of cellists," on account of his elegant musicianship and majestic sound. He was born in Paris, the son of a French Army general. His mother taught him to play the piano, but he had a mild case of polio as a child and lost dexterity in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1906-1986)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
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