Classical The Best Cellists in the World  

Ranker Music
Originally by
7.7k votes 1.5k voters 28.2k views 54 items Embed

List Rules Vote for the best cellist alive today.

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.
list ordered by

1
455 301
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

The Best Classical Pianists in the World The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

2
265 148
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
198 93
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Jacqueline du Pré United Kingdom

4
129 66
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Pablo Casals Spain

5
234 212
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Mischa Maisky Latvia, Israel

6
76 62
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

7
139 161
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Steven Isserlis United Kingdom

8
201 192
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa

9
122 166
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

10
69 54
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Gregor Piatigorsky United States of America

11
81 78
Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alan Duckworth added Zuill Bailey An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!

12
60 58
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Emanuel Feuermann Austria, United States of America

13
126 115
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

14
123 167
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added Luka Šulić

15
47 58
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Leonard Rose United States of America

The Best Saxophonists in the World The Top 500 Musical Groups/Artists of All Time

16
92 125
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Lynn Harrell United States of America

17
45 55
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added Steven Sharp Nelson United States of America

18
40 34
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added Stjepan Hauser

19
57 88
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Heinrich Schiff Austria

20
93 149
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Daniel Müller-Schott Germany

21
36 48
Miklós Perényi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

22
21 25
Pablo Ferrández-Castro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EnriqueSanchez added Pablo Ferrández-Castro

23
30 36
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Guest_c0294750-b310-4ded-a5a5-448e91f9c34a added Sol Gabetta Argentina

24
23 35
Boris Pergamenschikow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

25
76 125
Наталья Гутман is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

26
9 13
Antonio Meneses is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Luis Augusto Menezes added Antonio Meneses Brazil

27
17 26
Maja Bogdanovic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
prclass added Maja Bogdanovic www.majabogdanovic.com

28
21 35
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

29
37 63
Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alisa Weilerstein United States of America

The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time 39 Ways to Repel a Potential Girlfriend

30
44 76
David Geringas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
David Geringas Germany

31
44 76
Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
gnicholls added Julian Lloyd Webber

32
16 27
Andrei Ionuț Ioniță is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
DanielLee1 added Andrei Ionuț Ioniță

33
11 20
Andrei Ionut Ionita is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
DanielLee1 added Andrei Ionut Ionita

34
7 14
Carlos Prieto is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
HumbertoVargas added Carlos Prieto Mexico

35
10 21
Myung-wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Myung-wha Chung South Korea

36
10 21
Ophélie Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

37
20 42
Paul Katz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Paul Katz United States of America

38
4 2
Dorukhan Doruk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EvyMG added Dorukhan Doruk

39
33 70
Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Johannes Moser Canada, Germany

40
2 10
Lorne Munroe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

41
5 5
Harriet Krijgh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Setonix added Harriet Krijgh

42
6 20
Marek Szpakiewicz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
-1456801105514 added Marek Szpakiewicz

43
1 0
Evan Drachman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
1507654121401 added Evan Drachman

The Most Famous Classical Guitarists The Best Netflix Original Comedy Movies

44
14 49
Denise Djokic is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

45
0 0
Evan Drachman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
1507654121401 added Evan Drachman

46
5 21
Dariusz Skoraczewski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alan Duckworth added Dariusz Skoraczewski An awesome principal cellist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

47
16 43
Jussi Makkonen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

48
5 25
Thomas Beckmann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Christoph Perzl added Thomas Beckmann

49
12 50
Peter Wiley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

50
7 46
Julian Armour is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Julian Armour Canada, United States of America