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Famous Female Cellists

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List of famous female cellists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female cellists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being cellists. Be sure to also check out hottest female classical musicians and celebrities who play cello. There are thousand of females working as cellists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic cellists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a cellist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of people like Kanon Wakeshima and Jacqueline du Pré.

While this isn't a list of all female cellists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female cellists?" and "Who are the best female cellists?"

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    Han-Na Chang (Korean: 장한나 [tɕaŋhanna]; born December 23, 1982) is a Korean conductor and cellist. Born in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Chang began studying piano at age 3, and began to study the cello at the age of 6. In 1993, her family moved to the United States, where she was enrolled in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School. In 1993, she attended Mischa Maisky's masterclasses in Siena, Italy, and continued to study with him privately. In 1994, she competed in the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition, and was awarded both the First Prize as well as the Contemporary Music Prize. Chang subsequently studied privately with Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1995, she...  more
    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Suwon, South Korea
    • Gender: Female
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Profession: Conductor, Cellist
  • Photo: NODE festival / Flickr
    Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir (born 4 September 1982) is an Icelandic musician and composer. A classically trained cellist, she has played and recorded with the bands Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle, Múm and Stórsveit Nix Noltes, and has also toured with Animal Collective and Sunn O))). In 2006, she released a solo album under the name Lost In Hildurness, Mount A, on which she attempted to "involve other people as little as I could." It was recorded in New York City and Hólar in the north of Iceland. 2009 saw the release of her second solo album, Without Sinking, on the UK-based audio-visual label, Touch. As well as the cello, Hildur also sings and arranges choral music, once arranging a...  more
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland
    • Gender: Female
    • Nationality: Iceland
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Composer, Cellist, Singer
    • Credits: A Hijacking, The Bleeding House, Jîn, The Gift, Cathedrals
  • Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
    Myung-wha Chung (born 19 March 1944) is a Korean cellist....  more
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Gender: Female
    • Nationality: South Korea
    • Profession: Cellist
  • Jacqueline Mary du Pré, OBE (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987) was a British cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity. Despite her short career, she is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time. Her career was cut short by multiple sclerosis, which forced her to stop performing at the age of 28. She battled the illness for a further 14 years until her death at the age of 42. She was the subject of the 1998 biographical film, Hilary and Jackie, which attracted criticism for perceived inaccuracy and sensationalism....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 42 (1945-1987)
    • Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Gender: Female
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Cellist

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