Classical 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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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
France, United States of America

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420 219
Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
TristaChen added Azerbaijan, United States of America, Soviet Union

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327 146
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom

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222 106
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Spain

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324 259
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Latvia, Israel

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122 93
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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132 98
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added

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Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom

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Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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173 139
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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180 217
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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208 226
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added

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Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added Argentina

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

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126 143
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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214 232
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa

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

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Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alan Duckworth added An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!

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89 104
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria

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116 168
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Germany

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67 79
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added

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

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52 66
Miklós Perényi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Tina Guo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Luke Albright added Tina Guo

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39 47
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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60 89
Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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23 25
Antonio Meneses is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Luis Augusto Menezes added Brazil

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Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Canada, Germany

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92 138
Наталья Гутман is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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

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Alexey Stadler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
RogerHowlett added Alexey Stadler

www.alexeystadler.com

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Boris Pergamenschikow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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14 2
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added France

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

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Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
gnicholls added United Kingdom

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Carlos Prieto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
HumbertoVargas added Mexico

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12 15
Harriet Krijgh is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Setonix added Harriet Krijgh

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28 53
Paul Katz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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8 12
Dorukhan Doruk is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EvyMG added Dorukhan Doruk

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Andrei Ionuț Ioniță is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
DanielLee1 added Andrei Ionuț Ioniță

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15 33
Myung-wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
South Korea

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14 31
Ophélie Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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14 31
Andrei Ionut Ionita is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
DanielLee1 added Andrei Ionut Ionita

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Anner Bylsma is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
peterwallofsound added

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Stéphane Tétreault is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
StéphaneTétreault added stéphane Tétreault Canada -

stephanetetreault.com

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Daniel Shafran is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added Daniel Shafran R -

Russia

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Evan Drachman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
foxnewsmyopinions added Evan Drachman

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Lev Aronson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Rich Pope added Lev Aronson

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Vita Peterlin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
furman1 added Vita Peterlin Slovenian -

Vita Peterlin is a cellist from Domzale. Slovenia. Her website on http://vitapeterlin.com

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Angelica May is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added Angelica May

Germany