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Famous Male Cellists

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List of famous male cellists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male cellists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being cellists. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a cellist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of people like Eugene J. Moye and Antonio Meneses.

While this isn't a list of all male cellists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male cellists?" and "Who are the best male cellists?"
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    Pau Casals i Defilló (Catalan and so Spanish: [ˈpaw kəˈzalz i ðəfiˈʎo]; 29 December 1876 – 22 October 1973), usually known in English as Pablo Casals, was a cellist, composer, and conductor from Catalonia. He is generally regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest cellists of all time. He made many recordings throughout his career, of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, also as conductor, but he is perhaps best remembered for the recordings of the Bach Cello Suites he made from 1936 to 1939. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy (though the ceremony was presided over by Lyndon B....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 96 (1876-1973)
    • Birthplace: El Vendrell, Spain
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    Alfred Wallenstein (October 7, 1898 – February 8, 1983) was an American cellist and conductor, born in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 17, he joined the San Francisco Symphony as a cellist. He subsequently played cello with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra before becoming principal cello of the New York Philharmonic under Arturo Toscanini in 1929. He frequently performed with these orchestras as a soloist. Toscanini, also a cellist, advised Wallenstein to become a conductor. He conducted the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and then conducted frequently on the radio. From 1943 to 1956, he was music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He later taught at the...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1898-1983)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
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    Mstislav Leopoldovich "Slava" Rostropovich (Russian: Мстисла́в Леопо́льдович Ростропо́вич, romanized: Mstislav Leopol'dovič Rostropovič, pronounced [rəstrɐˈpovʲɪtɕ]; 27 March 1927 – 27 April 2007) was a Soviet and Russian cellist and conductor. He is considered to be one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century. In addition to his interpretations and technique, he was well known for both inspiring and commissioning new works, which enlarged the cello repertoire more than any cellist before or since. He inspired and premiered over 100 pieces, forming long-standing friendships and artistic partnerships with composers including Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Henri Dutilleux, Witold...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1927-2007)
    • Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
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    Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Johann Nikolaus Graf [Count] de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt; 6 December 1929 – 5 March 2016) was an Austrian conductor, particularly known for his historically informed performances of music from the Classical era and earlier. Starting out as a classical cellist, he founded his own period instrument ensemble, Concentus Musicus Wien, in the 1950s, and became a pioneer of the Early Music movement. Around 1970, Harnoncourt started to conduct opera and concert performances, soon leading renowned international symphony orchestras, and appearing at leading concert halls, operatic venues and festivals. His repertoire then widened to include composers of the 19th...  more
    • Age: 91
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany