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Cello Birthdays – 14 August


Adolf Schiffer

(14 August 1873 – 13 May 1950)

 Hungarian-born Czech cellist

Adolf Schiffer

He was a student of  David Popper and a teacher of János Starker.


Dr. Brian Fennelly

(14 August 1937 – 17 June 2015)

American composer, theorist, professor of music, and keyboard player

Brian Fennelly

Here is a performance of an abridged version of his “Sigol for Two” played by the Duo Parnas:


Dr. Darilyn Dee Manring

(14 August 1953 – 9 December 2019)

American cellist, cello teacher, and professor of music

Darilyn Dee Manring

Dr. Darilyn Dee Manring. Photo from her obituary.


James Horner

(14 August 1953 – 22 June 2015)

American composer, conductor, and orchestrator of film scores

Here are the 2Cellos, cellists Luka Sulic and Hauser, playing “For The Love Of A Princess” from Braveheart by James Horner, with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Guy Noble:


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.