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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: 63

Birthplace: Paris, France

Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a 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 four and a half. ...more

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Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 97 (1876-1973)

Birthplace: El Vendrell, Spain

Pau Casals i Defilló (Catalan and so Spanish: [ˈpaw kəˈzalz i ðəfiˈʎo]; 29 December 1876 – 22 October 1973), usually known in English as Pablo Casals, was a cellist, composer, and ...more
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Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 76 (1914-1990)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Paul Tortelier (21 March 1914 – 18 December 1990) 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: 67

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Julian Lloyd Webber (born 14 April 1951) is a British cellist, conductor and the principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
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Luigi Boccherini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 62 (1743-1805)

Birthplace: Lucca, Italy

Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini (, also US: , Italian: [riˈdɔlfo luˈiːdʒi bokkeˈriːni] (listen); February 19, 1743 – May 28, 1805) was an Italian composer and cellist of the Classical era whose music ...more
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Arthur Russell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 41 (1951-1992)

Birthplace: Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States of America

Arthur Russell (born Charles Arthur Russell Jr.; May 21, 1951 – April 4, 1992) was an American cellist, composer, producer, singer, and musician from Iowa, whose work spanned a disparate range ...more

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Jacques Offenbach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 61 (1819-1880)

Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Jacques Offenbach (, also US: , French: [ʒak ɔfɛnbak], German: [ˈɔfn̩bax] (listen); 20 June 1819 – 5 October 1880) was a German-French composer, cellist and impresario of the romantic period. He ...more
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Emanuel Feuermann is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 40 (1902-1942)

Birthplace: Kolomyia, Ukraine

Emanuel Feuermann (November 22, 1902 – May 25, 1942) 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)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Pierre Léon Marie Fournier (24 June 1906 – 8 January 1986) was a French cellist who was called the "aristocrat of cellists," on account of his elegant musicianship and majestic ...more
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Alfred Wallenstein is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Dec. at 85 (1898-1983)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Alfred Wallenstein (October 7, 1898 – February 8, 1983) 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 ...more
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Han-Na Chang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Age: 36

Birthplace: Suwon, South Korea

Han-Na Chang (Korean: 장한나 [tɕaŋhanna]; born December 23, 1982) is a Korean conductor and cellist. Born in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Chang began studying piano at age 3, and began to study ...more
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Hildur Gudnadótti... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Age: 36

Birthplace: Reykjavik, Iceland

Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir (born 4 September 1982) is an Icelandic musician and composer. A classically trained cellist, she has played and recorded with the bands Pan ...more
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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)

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

János Starker (; Hungarian: [ˈʃtɒrkɛr]; July 5, 1924 – April 28, 2013) was a Hungarian-American cellist. From 1958 until his death, he taught at the Indiana University Jacobs School of ...more
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Truls Mørk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Age: 57

Birthplace: Bergen, Norway

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

Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Myung-wha Chung (born 19 March 1944) 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)

Birthplace: India

Beatrice Harrison (9 December 1892 – 10 March 1965) was a British cellist active in the first half of the 20th century. She gave first performances of several important English works, especially ...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)

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

Jacqueline Mary du Pré, OBE (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987) was a British cellist. At a young age, she achieved enduring mainstream popularity. 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)

Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Mstislav Leopoldovich "Slava" Rostropovich (Russian: Мстисла́в Леопо́льдович Ростропо́вич, romanized: Mstislav Leopol'dovič Rostropovič, pronounced [rəstrɐˈpovʲɪtɕ]; 27 March 1927 – 27 ...more

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Age: 89

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Johann Nikolaus Graf [Count] de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt-Unverzagt; 6 December 1929 – 5 March 2016) was an Austrian conductor, particularly known for his historically ...more
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Dave Eggar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Age: 42

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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)

Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

Julius Klengel (24 September 1859 – 27 October 1933) 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 ...more
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Steven Isserlis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Age: 60

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Steven Isserlis (born 19 December 1958) 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)

Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia

Franz Schmidt (22 December 1874 – 11 February 1939) was an Austro-Hungarian composer, cellist and pianist.
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Daniel Müller-Schot... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Cellists
Age: 43

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

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