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The Best Cellists in the World 

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Updated April 30, 2020 16.6k votes 3.8k voters 56k views 80 items

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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
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Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Jacqueline du Pré... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Gautier Capuçon ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Dale Henderson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Pablo Ferrández-C... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!
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Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Daniel Müller-Schot... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
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Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World