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Cello Birthdays – 1 November


Alexander Spendiaryan

(1 November 1871 – 7 May 1928)

Armenian and Soviet music composer and conductor

Alexander Spendiaryan

Photo by ԱՍՏԹ – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is his “Barcarolle” recorded by an unnamed cellist and pianist:


Otto Ettelt

(1 November 1871 – 1949)

German cellist and teacher

Otto Ettelt


Roger Quilter

(1 November 1877 – 21 September 1953)

British composer

Roger Quilter c. 1922

Here are three of his songs, transcribed by Ian Buckle and recorded by cellist Jonathan Aasgaard and pianist Ian Buckle:



Max Trapp

(1 November 1887 – 31 May 1971)

German composer and teacher

Max Trapp

Here is his Cello Concerto (1935) recorded by cellist Eberhard Finke and conductor Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt:


Santos Gandía Lahidalga

(1 November 1899 – 28 October 1975)

Gipuzkoan cellist

Santos Gandía Lahidalga


Rio Gebhardt

(1 November 1907 – 24 June 1944)

German pianist, conductor, and composer

Rio Gebhardt

Here is his Romance for cello and orchestra performed by cellist Jenö Pados and the Orchestra Bad Wiessee salon quartet:


Bruno Bjelinski

(1 November 1909 – 3 September 1992)

Croatian composer

Bruno Bjelinski

Photo from the book: Snješka Knežević, Aleksander Laslo (2011). Židovski Zagreb. Zagreb: AGM, Židovska općina Zagreb, Fair use.

Here is his Cello Concerto No. 1, recorded by cellist Valter Despalj with the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio Television conducted by Oskar Danon:


Jan Tausinger

(1 November 1921 – 29 July 1980)

Romanian-born Czech violist, conductor, and composer

Jan Tausinger

Here is a movement from his … au dernier amour Suite for cello and piano, recorded by cellist Saša Večtomov and pianist Jarmila Kozderková:


Matthew Sharp

Happy birthday

British cellist, baritone, actor, and director

Matthew Sharp

Here he performs Variation No. 6 of the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the Northern Chamber Orchestra:

Your Turn

Know of other cellists, cello makers, composers of music played by cellists, or those with a strong tie to the cello world born on this day? This is a work in progress. We’d love to hear from you if you have suggestions, additions, or corrections. Thank you!

We include those with recordings and/or images available online.