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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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Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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János Starker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
lichtalberich added Janos Starker
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Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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David Popper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
David Popper Classical music
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Leonard Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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Luigi Boccherini is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Baroque music
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Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
Classical music
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Dale Henderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
famouscellist added Dale Henderson Classical music
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Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Daniil Shafran is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
korchagin9 added Daniil Shafran Classic
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Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Stjepan Hauser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Sol Gabetta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Natalia Gutman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Anner Bylsma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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Maurice Gendron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Cellists of All Time
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