Bands/Musicians 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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485 237
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
735 457
Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
France, United States of America
3
274 116
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Spain
4
374 184
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom
5
355 277
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Latvia, Israel
6
148 99
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
7
172 130
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added
8
213 220
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom
9
124 86
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
10
203 232
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
11
244 248
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added
12
100 83
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
13
189 148
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
14
93 72
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added
15
101 89
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria, United States of America
16
102 107
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria
17
35 4
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added France
18
133 154
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
19
121 118
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
218 238
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
William De Rosa
21
126 173
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Germany
22
56 52
Pablo Ferrández-Castro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EnriqueSanchez added Pablo Ferrández-Castro
23
74 83
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added
24
50 49
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
25
69 84
Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Canada, Germany