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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390 206
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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303 137
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom

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204 99
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Spain

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306 246
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Latvia, Israel

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115 85
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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114 83
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added

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186 203
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom

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102 76
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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199 210
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added

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165 135
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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170 209
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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84 79
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria, United States of America

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65 55
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added Argentina

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212 227
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa

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119 139
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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104 108
Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alan Duckworth added An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!

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66 76
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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80 103
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria

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113 164
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Germany

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52 63
Miklós Perényi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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61 78
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added

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35 42
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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Antonio Meneses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Luis Augusto Menezes added Brazil

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55 84
Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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35 46
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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20 18
Tina Guo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Luke Albright added Tina Guo

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12 8
Alexey Stadler is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
RogerHowlett added Alexey Stadler www.alexeystadler.com

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54 81
Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Canada, Germany

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56 86
David Geringas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Germany

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86 137
Наталья Гутман is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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28 44
Boris Pergamenschikow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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23 36
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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54 96
Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
gnicholls added

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11 14
Harriet Krijgh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Setonix added Harriet Krijgh

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13 25
Carlos Prieto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
HumbertoVargas added Mexico

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8 11
Dorukhan Doruk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EvyMG added Dorukhan Doruk

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Myung-wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
South Korea

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14 30
Ophélie Gaillard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

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19 38
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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7 1
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added France

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25 53
Paul Katz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

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13 30
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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Daniel Shafran is listed (or ranked) 44 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) 45 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
1507654121401 added Evan Drachman

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Stéphane Tétreault is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
StéphaneTétreault added stéphane Tétreault Canada - stephanetetreault.com

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Anner Bylsma is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
peterwallofsound added

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Evan Drachman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
1507654121401 added Evan Drachman

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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