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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. You might also be interested in the best cello rock bands and celebrities who play cello. 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.

This list of famous cello players include Yo-Yo Ma, Pablo Casals, and Jacqueline du Pré. Featuring classical, modern, Chinese, British, and more, this list has all the great cellists! 

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.

Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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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: 61

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 ...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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Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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Julian Lloyd Webber is a renowned British cellist, conductor and music educator. ...more

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Age: 66

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Musician, Cellist

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Luigi Boccherini is listed (or ranked) 5 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, ...more

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Age: Died at 62 (1743-1805)

Birthplace: Lucca, Italy

Profession: Composer, Cellist

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Arthur Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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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) 7 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 ...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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#19 on The Best French Composers of All Time, Ranked

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Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 8 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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