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Cello Birthdays – 14 October


Caesar Schwormstädt

(14 October 1864 – ?)

German cellist

Caesar Schwormstädt


Alexander von Zemlinsky

(14 October 1871 – 15 March 1942)

Austrian composer, conductor, and teacher

Alexander von Zemlinsky

Here is his Cello Sonata (1894) performed by cellist Anssi Karttunen and pianist Nicolas Hodges:


Katherine Mansfield

(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923)

 Writer and cellist from New Zealand, later settled in England

Katherine Mansfield


Maurice Martenot

(14 October 1898 – 8 October 1980)

French cellist, a radio telegrapher during WWI, and inventor

Maurice Martenot

He is best known for inventing the musical instrument called the ondes Martenot.


La Monte Young

Happy birthday!

American composer and saxophonist

La Monte Young

He wrote a piece called “Just Charles & Cello in the Romantic Chord” which was performed by cellist Charles Curtis.


Kaija Saariaho

Happy birthday!

Finnish composer

Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho. Photo by Priska Ketterer

Here is her “Sept Papillons for Solo Cello” (2000) recorded by cellist Dirk Wietheger.


Derek Bermel

Happy birthday!

American composer, clarinetist, and conductor

Here he and cellist Jay Campbell perform his “Coming Together”:


Anne Gastinel

Happy birthday

French cellist and professor

Anne Gastinel at the La Folle Journée in 2009

Photo by Pymouss, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here she performs Schubert’s “Arpeggione,” Sonatina, and Lieder transcriptions with pianist Claire Désert:

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.