List of Famous Cellists People

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: age 60
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Cellist
    • Credits: Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach
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    Pablo Casals
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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 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
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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
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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 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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    Alfred Wallenstein
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    Alfred Wallenstein was an American cellist and conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 17, he joined the San Francisco Symphony as a cellist. He subsequently played cello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before becoming principal cello of the New York ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1898-1983)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Conductor, Cellist
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    Han-Na Chang (Korean: 장한나) (born December 23, 1982) is a South Korean cellist and conductor.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Suwon, South Korea
    • Profession: Conductor, Cellist
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    Hildur Gudnadóttir
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    Hildur I. Gudnadóttir appeared in the Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir documentary film.more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Composer, Cellist, Singer
    • Credits: A Hijacking, The Bleeding House, Jîn, The Gift, Cathedrals, + more
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    János Starker

    János Starker was a Hungarian-American cellist. From 1958 until his death, he taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor.more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1924-2013)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
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    Myung-wha Chung is a Korean cellist.more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Profession: Cellist
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    Beatrice Harrison

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    Beatrice Harrison
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    Beatrice Harrison was a British cellist active in the first half of the 20th century. She gave first performances of several important English works, especially those of Frederick Delius, and made the first or standard recordings of others.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1892-1965)
    • Birthplace: India
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    Robert Hausmann

    Robert Hausmann was a notable 19th-century German cellist who premiered important works by Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch. He was also a teacher and a minor composer.more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1852-1909)
    • Profession: Cellist
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    Jacqueline Mary du Pré, OBE was an English cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity unusual for a classical performer. Despite her short career, she is regarded as one of the more uniquely talented cellists of the second half of the twentieth century. Du Pré is most famous ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1945-1987)
    • Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Cellist
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    Mstislav Rostropovich
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    Mstislav Leopoldovich "Slava" Rostropovich, KBE, was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He is considered to be one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century. In addition to his interpretations and technique, he was well known for both inspiring and commissioning new works, which enlarged the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1927-2007)
    • Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
    • Profession: Conductor, Musician, Cellist
    • Credits: David Oistrakh: Artist of the People?, Plácido Domingo and Mstislav Rostropovich, Prom at the Palace, Mstislav Rostropovich: Legend
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    Nikolaus Harnoncourt is an Austrian conductor, particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the Classical era and earlier. Starting out as a classical cellist, he founded his own period instrument ensemble in the 1950s, and became a pioneer of the Early Music movement.more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Profession: Conductor, Musicologist, Cellist
    • Credits: Nikolaus Harnoncourt: Monteverdi: L'Orfeo, Cecilia Sings Haydn, Anna Netrebko: Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro, Robert Schumann: Genoveva, Listen with Your Eyes, + more
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    Dave Eggar is an American cellist, pianist and composer.more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Pianist, Actor, Composer, Cellist
    • Credits: Stake Land, Without, Henry Hill, Difret, Dave Eggar: Serenity, + more
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    Franz Schmidt
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    Franz Schmidt was an Austrian composer, cellist and pianist.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1874-1939)
    • Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Profession: Pianist, Composer, Cellist
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