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Cello Birthdays – 11 November


Bernhard Romberg

(11 November 1767 – 13 August 1841)

German cellist and composer

Bernhard Romberg

Here is his Concertinoin A Major, Op.72 for 2 Cellos, performed by cellists Oren Shevlin and Johannes Wohlmacher with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Reinhard Goebel:


Arthur Cunningham

(11 November 1928 – 31 March 1997)

American composer

Arthur Cunningham

Here is his “This is dying” performed by flutist Elizabeth Plunk and cellist Rachel Young:



Vedran Smailović

Happy birthday!

Bosnian and Northern Irish cellist and conductor, known as the “Cellist of Sarajevo”

Vedran Smailović

Photo by I Evstafiev, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here he plays “Oh Danny Boy”:


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.