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 Azerbaijan, United States of America, Soviet Union

2
717 448
Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
France, United States of America

3
266 112
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Spain

4
361 177
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom

5
346 271
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Latvia, Israel

6
143 98
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

7
122 84
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

8
160 123
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added

9
208 218
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom

10
188 146
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

11
200 229
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

12
235 245
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added

13
95 81
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

14
87 70
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added Argentina

15
99 89
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria, United States of America

16
32 3
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added France

17
99 107
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria

18
131 152
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

19
120 117
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
217 237
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa

21
124 173
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Germany

22
54 51
Pablo Ferrández-Castro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EnriqueSanchez added Pablo Ferrández-Castro

23
74 82
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added

24
48 49
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

25
67 84
Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Canada, Germany