Bands/Musicians The Best Cellists in the World  

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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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486 239
Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
TristaChen added Azerbaijan, United States of America, Soviet Union
2
740 457
Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
France, United States of America
3
276 117
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Spain
4
376 185
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom
5
356 278
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Latvia, Israel
6
148 100
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
7
173 132
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added
8
125 86
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
9
214 220
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom
10
102 83
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
11
191 148
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
12
246 250
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added
13
203 234
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
14
95 72
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added
15
103 89
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria, United States of America
16
103 108
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria
17
134 155
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
18
219 238
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa
19
121 119
Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alan Duckworth added
An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!
20
37 5
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added France
21
58 52
Pablo Ferrández-Castro is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EnriqueSanchez added Pablo Ferrández-Castro
22
128 174
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Germany
23
52 49
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
24
74 83
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added
25
70 84
Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Canada, Germany