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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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1
507 249
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
774 463
Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
France, United States of America
3
291 125
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Spain
4
392 189
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom
5
368 281
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Latvia, Israel
6
156 100
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
7
187 138
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
hannahsdale added
8
130 87
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
9
110 84
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
10
219 223
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United Kingdom
11
260 254
Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
lukahouser added
12
215 237
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
13
195 148
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
14
98 73
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
iiiaaannn111 added
15
105 89
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria, United States of America, Austria-Hungary
16
43 5
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MattCoetzee added France
17
106 108
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Austria
18
139 156
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
United States of America
19
221 240
William De Rosa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
20
122 122
Zuill Bailey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Alan Duckworth added
An extraordinary cellist with a masterful technique!
21
61 54
Pablo Ferrández-Castro is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
EnriqueSanchez added
22
130 176
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
ConstanceAkan added Germany
23
54 49
Bernard Greenhouse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
24
77 85
Steven Sharp Nelson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
MelancholyMusic added United States of America
25
73 85
Johannes Moser is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cellists in the World
Canada, Germany