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Cello Birthdays – 11 August


Samuel Mayes

(11 August 1917 – 24 August 1990)

American cellist

Samuel Mayes. Photo by Fabian Bachrach

Samuel Mayes. Photo by Fabian Bachrach.

Here is a recording of him playing the Rachmaninov Sonata in g minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, with pianist Edna Bockstein:


Alun Hoddinott

(11 August 1929 – 11 March 2008)

Welsh composer

Alun Hoddinott

Alun Hoddinott. Photo by unknown photographer, Fair use.

Here are his Nocturnes and Cadenzas for cello and orchestra, Op.62, performed by cellist Moray Welsh and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Sir Charles Groves:

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.