Music List of Famous Cellists

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List of famous cellists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top cellists in the world? This includes the most prominent cellists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also be interested in the best cello rock bands and celebrities who play cello. This list of notable cellists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic cellists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned cellists.

This list of famous cello players include Yo-Yo Ma, Pablo Casals, and Jacqueline du Pré. Featuring classical, modern, Chinese, British, and more, this list has all the great cellists! 

From reputable, prominent, and well known cellists to the lesser known cellists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cellist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cellists ever?" and "What are the names of famous cellists?" then you're in the right place.

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Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 62 Yo-Yo Ma is a French-born Chinese American cellist. Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of five. He graduated from ...more

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Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 97 (1876-1973) Pau Casals i Defilló, known during his professional career as Pablo Casals, was a Spanish Catalan cellist and conductor. He is generally regarded as the pre-eminent cellist of the first ...more

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Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 76 (1914-1990) Paul Tortelier was a French cellist and composer.

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Julian Lloyd Webber is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 66 Julian Lloyd Webber is a renowned British cellist, conductor and music educator.

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Luigi Boccherini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 62 (1743-1805) Luigi Rodolfo Boccherini was an Italian classical era composer and cellist whose music retained a courtly and galante style while he matured somewhat apart from the major European musical ...more

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Arthur Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 41 (1951-1992) Arthur Russell was an American cellist, composer, singer and musician whose work spanned the genres of classical, disco, experimental, folk and rock. Notable artists who collaborated with ...more

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Jacques Offenbach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 61 (1819-1880) Jacques Offenbach was a German-born French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He is remembered for his nearly 100 operettas of the 1850s–1870s and his uncompleted opera The ...more

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Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 40 (1902-1942) Emanuel Feuermann was an internationally celebrated cellist in the first half of the 20th century.

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Pierre Fournier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 80 (1906-1986) Pierre Fournier was a French cellist who was called the "aristocrat of cellists," on account of his elegant musicianship and majestic sound. He was born in Paris, the son of a French ...more

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Alfred Wallenstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 85 (1898-1983) Alfred Wallenstein 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 ...more

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Han-Na Chang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 35 Han-Na Chang (Korean: 장한나) (born December 23, 1982) is a South Korean cellist and conductor.

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Hildur Gudnadóttir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 35 Hildur I. Gudnadóttir appeared in the Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir documentary film.

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János Starker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Cellists
János Starker Dec. at 89 (1924-2013) János Starker was a Hungarian-American cellist. From 1958 until his death, he taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor.

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Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 56 Truls Olaf Otterbech Mørk is a Norwegian cellist. Born in Bergen, Norway to a cellist father and a pianist mother, his mother began teaching him the piano when he was seven. Mørk ...more

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Myung-wha Chung is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 74 Myung-wha Chung is a Korean cellist.

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Beatrice Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 73 (1892-1965) Beatrice Harrison was a British cellist active in the first half of the 20th century. She gave first performances of several important English works, especially those of Frederick Delius, and ...more

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Robert Hausmann is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Robert Hausmann Dec. at 57 (1852-1909) Robert Hausmann was a notable 19th-century German cellist who premiered important works by Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch. He was also a teacher and a minor composer.

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Jacqueline du Pré is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 42 (1945-1987) Jacqueline Mary du Pré, OBE was an English cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity unusual for a classical performer. Despite her short career, she is ...more

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Mstislav Rostropovich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 80 (1927-2007) Mstislav Leopoldovich "Slava" Rostropovich, KBE, 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 ...more

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 88 Nikolaus Harnoncourt is 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 ...more

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Dave Eggar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 41 Dave Eggar is an American cellist, pianist and composer.

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Julius Klengel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Julius Klengel Dec. at 74 (1859-1933) Julius Klengel was a German cellist who is most famous for his etudes and solo pieces written for the instrument. He was the brother of Paul Klengel. A member of the Gewandhaus Orchestra at ...more

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Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 59 Steven Isserlis CBE is a British cellist. He is distinguished for his diverse repertoire, distinctive sound deployed with his use of gut strings and command of phrasing.

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Franz Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 65 (1874-1939) Franz Schmidt was an Austrian composer, cellist and pianist.

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Daniel Müller-Schott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 42 Daniel Müller-Schott is a German cellist. He studied with Walter Nothas, Austrian cellist Heinrich Schiff and British cellist Steven Isserlis. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter personally ...more

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Luka Šulić is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 30 Luka Šulić is a Croatian-Slovenian cellist. He is a member of 2Cellos, along with Stjepan Hauser.

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Gautier Capuçon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 36 Gautier Capuçon is a French cellist.

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Mauro Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 48 (1781-1829) Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani was an Italian guitarist, cellist, singer, and composer. He was a leading guitar virtuoso of the early 19th century.

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Mischa Maisky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 70 Mischa Maisky is a Latvian-born Israeli cellist.

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Julia Kent is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Julia Kent is a New York City-based, Vancouver, British Columbia-born cellist and composer. She has performed as a member of Rasputina and with Antony and the Johnsons. She creates music using ...more

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Giovanni Sollima is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 55 Giovanni Sollima is an Italian composer and cellist. He was born into a family of musicians and studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and composition with his father, Eliodoro Sollima, at the ...more

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Antonio Maria Bononcini is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 49 (1677-1726) Antonio Maria Bononcini was an Italian cellist and composer, the younger brother of the better-known Giovanni Bononcini. Bononcini was born and died at Modena in Italy. Like his brother, he ...more

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Maurice Martenot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 82 (1898-1980) Maurice Martenot was a French cellist, a radio telegrapher during the first World War, and an inventor. Born in Paris, he is best known for his invention of the ondes Martenot, an instrument he ...more

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Gregor Piatigorsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 73 (1903-1976) Gregor Piatigorsky was a Russian-born American cellist.

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Lynn Harrell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 74 Lynn Harrell is an American classical cellist.

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Gaetano Braga is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 78 (1829-1907) Gaetano Braga was an Italian composer and cellist. He was born in Giulianova in Abruzzi and died in Milan. Braga's works include compositions for the cello and the operas: Alina or La spregiata ...more

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Alisa Weilerstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 36 Alisa Weilerstein is an American classical cellist. She was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow.

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Heinrich Schiff is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 66 Heinrich Schiff is an Austrian cellist and conductor. He studied cello with Tobias Kühne and André Navarra and made his solo debut in Vienna and London in 1971. He studied conducting ...more

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Antonio Meneses is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 61 Antônio Meneses Neto is a Brazilian cellist. Antonio Meneses was born in a family of musicians. His father was first horn player at the Opera of Rio de Janeiro. He began to study the cello ...more

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Carlo Alfredo Piatti is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 79 (1822-1901) Carlo Alfredo Piatti was an Italian cellist and renowned teacher.

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Byron Fidetzis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Byron Fidetzis is a Greek cellist and conductor.

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Kanon Wakeshima is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 29 Kanon Wakeshima is a Japanese singer and cellist. Originally produced by musician and fashion designer Mana, Wakeshima debuted under the DefStar Records label on May 28, 2008 with the single ...more

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Mefodi Solomin is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Mefodi Solomin Dec. at 55 (1905-1960) Mefodi Solomin was the father of Yury Solomin and Vitaly Solomin.

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Eugene J. Moye is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Cellists

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Laura Ritchie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Laura Ritchie age 44 Laura Ritchie is a famous cellist and a senior lecturer in music at the University of Chichester, and coordinates the Instrumental and Vocal Teaching Programmes and leads the annual Cello ...more

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Jenny Hsu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Jenny Hsu Jenny Hsu is a member of the musical group, Other Lives.

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Dimitry Markevitch is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 79 (1923-2002) Dimitry Markevitch was a Russian concert cellist, researcher, teacher and musicologist. He studied under Gregor Piatigorsky and founded the Institut de Hautes Etudes Musicales in Switzerland. ...more

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Chrichan Larsson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Chrichan Larsson age 62 Chrichan Larsson is an actor, composer, film score composer and a cellist.

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Benyamin Sönmez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Benyamin Sönmez Dec. at 28 (1983-2011) Benyamin Sönmez was a Turkish classical cellist.

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David Martí is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Cellists
age 47 David Martí is an actor and makeup specialist. He won the Academy Award for Makeup for his work in Pan's Labyrinth, which he shared with his fellow make-up and special effects supervisor, ...more