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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

2
320 167
Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
TristaChen added Mstislav Rostropovich Azerbaijan, United States of America, Soviet Union

3
252 112
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Jacqueline du Pré United Kingdom

4
166 83
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Pablo Casals Spain

5
271 232
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Mischa Maisky Latvia, Israel

6
93 76
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

7
162 183
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Steven Isserlis United Kingdom

8
140 183
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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208 213
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa

10
81 66
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Gregor Piatigorsky United States of America

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80 55
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added Stjepan Hauser

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143 125
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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161 186
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added Luka Šulić

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73 68
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Emanuel Feuermann Austria, United States of America, Austria-Hungary

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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92 96
Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alan Duckworth added Zuill Bailey An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!

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105 135
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Lynn Harrell United States of America

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55 67
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Leonard Rose United States of America

18
70 96
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Heinrich Schiff Austria

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48 46
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added Sol Gabetta Argentina

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102 159
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Daniel Müller-Schott Germany

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46 56
Miklós Perényi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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52 71
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added Steven Sharp Nelson United States of America

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27 35
Pablo Ferrández-Castro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EnriqueSanchez added Pablo Ferrández-Castro

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82 129
Наталья Гутман is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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16 20
Antonio Meneses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Luis Augusto Menezes added Antonio Meneses Brazil

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28 42
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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25 40
Boris Pergamenschikow is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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49 83
David Geringas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
David Geringas Germany

The Best Saxophonists in the World

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9 6
Alexey Stadler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
RogerHowlett added Alexey Stadler www.alexeystadler.com

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46 78
Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Johannes Moser Canada, Germany

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44 76
Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alisa Weilerstein United States of America

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50 89
Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
gnicholls added Julian Lloyd Webber

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19 34
Maja Bogdanovic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
prclass added Maja Bogdanovic www.majabogdanovic.com

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9 11
Tina Guo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Luke Albright added Tina Guo

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12 28
Myung-wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Myung-wha Chung South Korea

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16 34
Andrei Ionuț Ioniță is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
DanielLee1 added Andrei Ionuț Ioniță

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8 11
Harriet Krijgh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Setonix added Harriet Krijgh

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6 8
Dorukhan Doruk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EvyMG added Dorukhan Doruk

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11 27
Ophélie Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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11 28
Andrei Ionut Ionita is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
DanielLee1 added Andrei Ionut Ionita

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8 23
Carlos Prieto is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
HumbertoVargas added Carlos Prieto Mexico

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21 50
Paul Katz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Paul Katz United States of America

The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

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2 7
Evan Drachman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
1507654121401 added Evan Drachman

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2 8
Evan Drachman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
1507654121401 added Evan Drachman

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14 55
Denise Djokic is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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6 27
Marek Szpakiewicz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
-1456801105514 added Marek Szpakiewicz

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1 5
Connor Green-Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Donnela added Connor Green-Johnson Renowned cellist for Ocean Bay Symphony

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1 2
Misha Quint is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Misha Quint

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17 48
Jussi Makkonen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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1 3
Adam Javorkai is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
1520954561328 added Adam Javorkai Javorkai attended the Hans Richter Conservatoire in his native city and the Béla Bartók Conservatoire in Budapest, which he completed with distinction. From 1996 to 2004, he studied in the classes of Prof. Angelica ...