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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Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
TristaChen added Mstislav Rostropovich Azerbaijan, United States of America, Soviet Union

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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Yo-Yo Ma France, United States of America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added Luka Šulić

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

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Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Emanuel Feuermann Austria, United States of America

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William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa

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Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added Sol Gabetta

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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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Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Leonard Rose 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 Zuill Bailey An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!

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

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

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Miklós Perényi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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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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Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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

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Alexey Stadler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
RogerHowlett added Alexey Stadler www.alexeystadler.com

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Наталья Гутман is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Tina Guo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Luke Albright added Tina Guo

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

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David Geringas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
David Geringas Germany

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

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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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Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
gnicholls added Julian Lloyd Webber

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Harriet Krijgh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Setonix added Harriet Krijgh

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

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Ophélie Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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

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Myung-wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Myung-wha Chung South Korea

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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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Paul Katz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Paul Katz United States of America

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Andrei Ionut Ionita is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
DanielLee1 added Andrei Ionut Ionita

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Stéphane Tétreault is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
StéphaneTétreault added stéphane Tétreault Canada - stephanetetreault.com

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Evan Drachman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added Paul Tortelier France

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Evan Drachman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Lorne Munroe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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Daniel Shafran is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added Daniel Shafran R - Russia

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Cristine Walevska is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added Cristine Walevska

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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