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Cello Birthdays – 13 August


Robert Hausmann

(13 August 1852 – 18 January 1909)

German cellist

Robert Hausmann (13 August 1852 – 18 January 1909)

He has many connections with great composers of his time. He premiered and was the dedicatee of Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, Op. 47, and Johannes Brahms’ Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99. Here are Jacqueline du Pré and Daniel Barenboim performing the Brahms:


John Ireland

 (13 August 1879 – 12 June 1962)

English composer and music teacher

John Ireland. PHoto by Herbert Lambert c. 1920

John Ireland. Photo by Herbert Lambert, bromide print, c.1920. National Portrait Gallery, London.

Here is his Sonata in g minor for cello and piano (1923), performed by cellist Razvan Suma and pianist Rebeca Omordia:


Jerome Kessler

Happy birthday!

American cellist, conductor, and lawyer

Jerome Kessler

Here he plays the world premiere of Barry Brisk’s Cello Concerto with the Topanga Symphony conducted by Barry Brisk:

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.