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Cello Birthdays – 10 September


Henry Purcell

(c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695)

English composer

Henry Purcell

Here is Camille Thomas playing “When I Am Laid In Earth” from his Dido and Aeneas at the Musée du Louvre, with the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Mathieu Herzog:


Carl Wilhelm Oskar (Oscar) Eberle

 (10 September 1842 – 8 December 1901)

Dutch cellist of German descent

Carl Wilhelm Oskar (Oscar) Eberle


Vladimir Dubinsky

(10 September 1876 – 10 January 1938)

Russian-American cellist

Vladimir Dubinsky

Here is a recording of him performing David Popper’s “As Once In Happier Days,” Op. 64, No.1:


Bertus van Lier

(10 September 1906 – 14 February 1972)

Dutch composer, conductor, music critic, teacher, and cellist

Bertus van Lier


Lex van Delden

(10 September 1919 – 1 July 1988)

Dutch composer

Lex van Delden

Here is his Sonata per violoncello solo, Op. 63 (1958) recorded by Doris Hochscheid:


Vassil Kazandjiev

Happy birthday!

Bulgarian composer

Vassil Kazandjiev

Vassil Kazandjiev. Photo by Unknown author – personal archive, CC0.

Here is his Catharsis for twelve cellos (1996), dedicated to Professor Zdravko Yordanov and his cello class at the National Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria:

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.