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Cello Birthdays – 12 August


Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

(12 August 1644 (baptised) – 3 May 1704)

Italian composer and organist

A portrait of the composer, engraved by Paulus Seel for Biber's Sonatae Violino solo (1681)

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, engraved by Paulus Seel.

Here is his Cello Battle performed by the Voices of Music:


George IV (George Augustus Frederick)

(12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830)

King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover – and amateur cellist

George IV depicted wearing coronation robes and four collars of chivalric orders: the Golden Fleece, Royal Guelphic, Bath and Garter

George IV. Portrait by Thomas Lawrence, 1821.

Click here to see images of the “Royal George” William Forster (1782) made for made him when he was Prince of Wales.

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.