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Cello Birthdays – 13 October


Gösta Nystroem

(13 October 1890 – 9 August 1966)

Swedish composer

Gösta Nystroem

Here is the first movement of his Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra recorded by cellist Elemér Lavotha with the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Göran W Nilson:


Harrison Kerr

(13 October 1897 – 15 August 1978)

American composer, editor, administrator, and educator

Harrison Kerr

Here is his Overture, Arioso and Finale for cello and piano (1944 – 51), recorded in 1953 by cellist Eberhard Finke and pianist Klaus Billing:



André Navarra

(13 October 1911 – 31 July 1988)

French cellist and teacher

Here he performs the Schumann Cello Concerto in a minor, Op. 129, with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir John Barbirolli:



Ray Brown

(13 October 1926 – 2 July 2002)

Jazz bassist and cellist

Ray Brown

Here is his “Tangerine, on his album, Jazz Cello:

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.