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Cello Birthdays – 10 August


George Calkin

(10 August 1829 – 13 July 1911)

British organist, cellist, choral conductor, and prolific composer for the organ

George Calkin


Alexander Glazunov

(10 August 1865 – 21 March 1936)

Russian composer, music teacher, and conductor

Alexander Glasunov portrait by Ilya Repin, 1887

Alexander Glazunov portrait by Ilya Repin, Public Domain.

Here is cellist Daniel Müller-Schott playing the first of his Two Pieces for Cello & Orchestra, Op. 20: No. 1, Mélodie, with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Aziz Shokhakimov:


Alexander Goehr

Happy birthday!

Italian-born American organist and composer

Photo of Alexander Goehr by Etan Tal

Alexander Goehr. Photo: Etan Tal.

Here is the 1968 world premiere performance of his Romanza for Cello and Orchestra performed by Jacqueline du Pre, the dedicatee of this piece, with the New Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim:


Giya Kancheli

(10 August 1935 – 2 October 2019)

Georgian composer

Gia Kancheli

Giya Kancheli. Photo from his obituary on Gramophone.

Here is a performance of his festive “With a Smile for Slava” (1997) for cello and piano, written for Mstislav Rostropovich’s 70th birthday, performed here by cellist Dima Tsypkin and pianist Sergey Smirnov:



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.