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The Greatest Cellists of All Time

Updated December 18, 2019 11.3k votes 3.7k voters 109.9k views

List RulesThe 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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