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Classical The Greatest Cellists of All Time  

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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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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Yo-Yo Ma Classical music

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Mistislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Mistislav Rostropovich Classical music

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730 249
Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Jacqueline du Pré Classical music

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540 174
Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Pablo Casals Classical music

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338 109
Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Mstislav Rostropovich Classical music

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253 105
Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
lenzoco added Mischa Maisky

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Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Pierre Fournier Classical music

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János Starker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
lichtalberich added Janos Starker

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Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Gregor Piatigorsky Classical music

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154 71
Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Paul Tortelier Classical music

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135 62
David Popper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
David Popper Classical music

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

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Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Ian Scott added Truls Mørk

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

The Best Classical Pianists in the World

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Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Emanuel Feuermann Classical music

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Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Jan Łomozik added Gautier Capuçon

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Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Sol Gabetta Classical music

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Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
gnicholls added Steven Isserlis

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Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
scharkowski added Heinrich Schiff

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Natalia Gutman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
χαράλαμπος-αθανασόπουλος added Natalia Gutman

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Daniil Shafran is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
korchagin9 added Daniil Shafran

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Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
hannahsdale added Stjepan Hauser

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Anner Bylsma is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Assaf Dar Sagol added Anner Bylsma

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Maurice Gendron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Maurice Gendron Classical music

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Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
gnicholls added Lynn Harrell

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Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Alisa Weilerstein Classical music

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Zara Nelsova is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Zara Nelsova Classical music

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Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
ConstanceAkan added Daniel Müller-Schott

The Greatest Classical Pianists of All Time

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Carlo Alfredo Piatti is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Carlo Alfredo Piatti Classical music

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Julius Klengel is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Julius Klengel Classical music

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54 54
André Navarra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
André Navarra Classical music

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43 42
William Pleeth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
William Pleeth Classical music

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36 35
Jean-Pierre Duport is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Jean-Pierre Duport Classical music

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36 39
Antonio Meneses is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Antonio Meneses Classical music

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Gaspar Cassadó is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Marcio Cervantes added Gaspar Cassadó

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Beatrice Harrison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Beatrice Harrison Classical music

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Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
DavidSanders1 added Luka Šulić Classical, Rock

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42 49
Jacques Offenbach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Jacques Offenbach Opera, Ballet, Ballet

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53 63
Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
ramon added Julian Lloyd Webber Classical music

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Heitor Villa-Lobos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Heitor Villa-Lobos Opera, Ballet, Film score

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Daniil Shafran is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Julio Jácome added Daniil Shafran Classic

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Auguste Franchomme is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Auguste Franchomme Classical music

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Карл Юльевич Давыдов is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time

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Giovanni Sollima is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Giovanni Sollima Classical music

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Friedrich Grützmacher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Friedrich Grützmacher Classical music

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

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15 19
Mark Summer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Mark Summer Classical music

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Victor Herbert is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Victor Herbert Classical music

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14 18
Dimitry Markevitch is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Dimitry Markevitch Classical music

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William Henry Squire is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
William Henry Squire Classical music