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Cello Birthdays – 11 September


Célestin Ernest Cros-Saint-Ange

 (11 September 1855 – 1919)

French cellist

Célestin Ernest Cros-Saint-Ange


Eugen Sandow

 (11 September 1856 – 25 March 1916)

German cellist

Eugen Sandow


John Wesley Woodward

(11 September 1879 – 15 April 1912)

English cellist who perished with his cello on the Titanic

John Wesley Woodward

Here is a video about the restoration and re-dedication of a plaque in his honor in Eastbourne:


Miklós Zsámboki

(11 September 1890 – 8 December 1961)

Hungarian cellist and teacher

Miklós Zsámboki


Arvo Pärt

Happy birthday!

Estonian composer

Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt. Photo © Eric Marinitsch 2011, courtesy of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

Here is his “Fratres” performed by cellist Santiago Cañón-Valencia (on all parts!):

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.