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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455 230
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
701 437
Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
France, United States of America

3
349 165
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom

4
249 112
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Spain

5
342 268
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Latvia, Israel

6
137 98
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

7
155 113
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added

8
119 84
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

9
186 144
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

10
203 218
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom

11
195 225
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

12
230 236
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added

13
84 67
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added Argentina

14
95 86
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria, United States of America

15
82 80
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

16
97 106
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria

17
119 115
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!

18
129 150
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America

19
217 236
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa

20
28 3
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added France

21
53 50
Pablo Ferrández-Castro is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EnriqueSanchez added Pablo Ferrández-Castro

22
122 172
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Germany

23
72 82
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added

24
46 49
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World

25
66 84
Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Canada, Germany