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List Rules The best musicians who are known for playing the cello. Vote up the best cellists in history.

The cello is an extremely popular instrument and a staple in any orchestra. The cello is much deeper in sound than a violin but is still played with a bow. Some of history’s greatest composers wrote for this powerful instrument, and, played without a symphony behind it the cello can be one of the deepest, most moving instruments in the world, especially when played by one of the musicians on this list, all of whom are considered as a best cellist! Who are the greatest cellists of all time? Who is the best cellist in the world?

Since the cello has such a rich and unique sound it is often played without any other instruments; perhaps the most famous cellist of all time is Yo-Yo Ma who often prefers to play this instrument solo. He has become a household name in modern music, and brought classical music to a new generation as one of the greatest cellists and most famous cello players.

This list features the all time greatest cellists ever and famous cello players, ranked by music lovers and including, Johann Sebastian Bach, Pablo Casals, Jacqueline du Pré, Zoë Keating, Alfred Wallenstein, and Dimitry Markevitch. Vote up the best cello players below and see where the musicians you think are great rank!
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Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Jacqueline du Pré Classical music

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2
773 267
Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Yo-Yo Ma Classical music

3
624 207
Mistislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Mistislav Rostropovich Classical music

4
459 145
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Pablo Casals Classical music

5
278 92
Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Mstislav Rostropovich Classical music

6
194 84
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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7
160 65
Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Pierre Fournier Classical music

8
165 73
János Starker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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9
148 62
Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Gregor Piatigorsky Classical music

10
144 64
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Paul Tortelier Classical music

11
118 55
David Popper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
David Popper Classical music

12
104 52
Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Leonard Rose Classical music

13
102 52
Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Emanuel Feuermann Classical music

14
86 46
Luigi Boccherini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Luigi Boccherini Baroque music

15
68 32
Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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60 41
Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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39 23
Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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18
52 36
Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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26 11
Natalia Gutman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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13 2
Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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32 23
Anner Bylsma is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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22
53 48
André Navarra is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
André Navarra Classical music

23
43 39
Maurice Gendron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Maurice Gendron Classical music

24
38 34
Carlo Alfredo Piatti is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Carlo Alfredo Piatti Classical music

25
37 33
Julius Klengel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Julius Klengel Classical music

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27 22
Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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39 36
Zara Nelsova is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Zara Nelsova Classical music

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43 41
Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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8 3
Daniil Shafran is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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32 31
Jean-Pierre Duport is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Jean-Pierre Duport Classical music

31
48 50
Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Alisa Weilerstein Classical music

32
38 39
William Pleeth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
William Pleeth Classical music

33
50 56
Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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34
19 19
Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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35
41 46
Jacques Offenbach is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Jacques Offenbach Opera, Ballet, Ballet

36
31 34
Antonio Meneses is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Antonio Meneses Classical music

37
37 42
Beatrice Harrison is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Beatrice Harrison Classical music

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9 8
Gaspar Cassadó is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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39
26 31
Heitor Villa-Lobos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Heitor Villa-Lobos Opera, Ballet, Film score

40
21 25
Benyamin Sönmez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Benyamin Sönmez Classical music

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24 29
William Henry Squire is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
William Henry Squire Classical music

42
31 38
Giovanni Sollima is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Giovanni Sollima Classical music

43
15 18
Auguste Franchomme is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Auguste Franchomme Classical music

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15 18
David Soyer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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18 22
Friedrich Grützmacher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Friedrich Grützmacher Classical music

46
14 17
Gaetano Braga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time

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17 21
Victor Herbert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Victor Herbert Classical music

48
16 20
Карл Юльевич Давыдов is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time

49
15 19
Bernhard Cossmann is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Bernhard Cossmann Classical music; baroque

50
15 19
Carlos Prieto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
luis-villagomez added Carlos Prieto Classical music