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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.

Yo-Yo Ma is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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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 Juilliard School and Harvard University and has enjoyed a prolific career as both a soloist performing with ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Cellist

Credits: Yo-Yo Ma Inspired by Bach

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Pablo Casals is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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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 half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest cellists of all time. He made many recordings throughout his ...more

Age: Died at 97 (1876-1973)

Birthplace: El Vendrell, Spain

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Cellist, Teacher

Credits: Windjammer, United Nations Day Concert with Pablo Casals

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Paul Tortelier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cellists
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Paul Tortelier was a French cellist and composer. ...more

Age: Died at 76 (1914-1990)

Birthplace: Paris, France

Profession: Composer, Cellist

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

Age: 66

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Musician, Cellist

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