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Cello Birthdays – 1 October


Giovanni Battista Cirri

(1 October 1724 – 11 June 1808)

Italian cellist and composer

Giovanni Battista Cirri

Portrait by Giacomo Ceruti (1698 – 1767) – Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Public Domain.

Here cellist Alison McGillivray performs the first movement of his Sonata in F Major, Op. 15, No. 3, with harpsichordist Giulia Nuti and lutenist William Carter:


Paul Prill

(1 October 1860 – 21 December 1930)

German cellist and conductor

Paul Prill

Portrait by August Weger – Friedrich Nicolas Manskopf Portrait Collection, University Library, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Call number: 5564333, Public Domain.


Paul Dukas

(1 October 1865 – 17 May 1935)

French composer, critic, scholar, and teacher

Paul Dukas

Here is his “Fanfare pour préceder” from La Peri arranged for cello ensemble by Katharina Meldre and performed by cellistRichard Weiss:


Sylvano Bussotti

(1 October 1931 – 19 September 2021)

Italian composer, painter, set and costume designer, opera director and manager, writer, and professor

Sylvano Bussotti

Photo by Monobelus, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here is a recording of cellist Nicola Baroni performing his “Deborah Parker: Aria per violoncello solo da Rara requiem”:


Fred Lonberg-Holm

Happy birthday!

American cellist

Here he plays “Almost Mid-Day” with his trio (the Fred Lonberg-holm Trio):

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.