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Cello Birthdays – 10 October


Giuseppe Verdi

(10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901)

Italian composer

Portrait of Giuseppe Verdi by Giovanni Boldini,1886

Portrait of Giuseppe Verdi by Giovanni Boldini, 1886

Here is his “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” (Brindisi) from La Traviata arranged for cello and orchestra, performed by cellist Sally Maer with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Greene:


Anton Jörgen Andersen

(10 October 1845 – 9 September 1926)

Norwegian composer and cellist

Anton Jörgen Andersen


Vernon Duke (Vladimir Dukelsky)

(10 October [O.S. 27 September] 1903 – 16 January 1969)

Russian-American composer

Vernon Duke

Here is his Cello Concerto in C Major, recorded by cellist Samuel Magill with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky:


Paul Creston

(10 October 1906 – 24 August 1985)

 Italian-American composer

Paul Creston

Here is his “Sadhana” for cello and orchestra (1981) recorded by cellist Andre Emilianoff and conductor Gerard Schwarz with an unnamed orchestra:


Reine Flachot

(10 October 1922 – 29 October 1998)

French cellist

Reine Flachot

Here she performs the Debussy Sonata for cello and piano with pianist Futaba Inoue:


Ben Rogerson

Happy birthday!

English cellist

Here he shares his tips and tricks on performing “Purcell’s Come, ye Sons of Art” by Purcell from the ABRSM Grade 2 Syllabus:

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.