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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 orchestras around the world and a recording artist. His 90+ albums have received 18 Grammy Awards. In addition to recordings of the standard classical repertoire, he has recorded a wide variety of folk music such as American bluegrass music, traditional Chinese melodies, the tangos of Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla, and Brazilian music. He also collaborated with Grammy Award-winning jazz/reggae ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Paris, France

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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 career, of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, also as conductor, but he is perhaps best remembered for the recordings of the Bach Cello Suites he made from 1936 to 1939. ...more

Age: Died at 97 (1876-1973)

Birthplace: El Vendrell, Spain

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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

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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

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