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Cello Birthdays – 12 October


Ralph Vaughan Williams

(12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958)

English composer

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams, c. 1920. Photo by E. O. Hoppé – The Bookman 61 (361), p. 48, PD-US.

Here are his Six Studies in English Folk Song performed by cellist Oren Shevlin and pianist Nicholas Rimmer:


Luís de Freitas Branco

(12 October 1890 – 27 November 1955)

Portuguese composer, musicologist, and music professor

Photo of Luís de Freitas Branco c. 1911

Here is his Cello Sonata recorded by cellist Miklós Perényi and pianist Jeno Jandó:



Daniel Saidenberg

(12 October 1906 – 18 May 1987)

Canadian cellist, conductor, and gallery owner

Daniel Saidenberg


Wolfgang Fortner

(12 October 1907 – 5 September 1987)

German composer, composition teacher, and conductor

Wolfgang Fortner

Here is his Cello Concerto recorded by cellist Siegfried Palm with the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rudolf Michl:


José Bragato

(12 October 1915 – 18 July 2017)

 Italian-born Argentine cellist, composer, conductor, arranger, archivist, and centenarian

Here is his “Milontan” performed by cellist Christine Walevska and pianist Akimi Fukuhara:


Sergio Parotti

Happy birthday!

Argentinian composer and violist

Here is the Prelude of his Suite for unaccompanied cello recorded by cellist Carlos Nozzi:


Amanda Forsyth

Happy birthday!

Canadian cellist

Amanda Forsyth

Photo by Jennifer Taylor

Here she performs “The Swan Sees His Reflection” by her father, Malcolm Forsyth, with an unnamed dancer and pianist:


Jorane (Jorane Pelletier)

Happy birthday!

French-Canadian singer/cellist

Photo by Christopher Chan, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here she plays and sings her song “Film III”:


Gabriel Schwabe

Happy birthday!

German cellist

Gabriel Schwabe

Photo: Studio Monbijou

Here he performs the first movement of Haydn’s Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIIb/2, Op. 101, with the NCPA Orchestra conducted by Zhang Guoyong :

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.