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Cello Birthdays – 15 August


 Jules de Swert

(15 August 1843 – 24 February 1891)

Belgian cellist, conductor, composer, and music educator

Jules de Swert

Here is his Elégie performed by the Tansman Cello Quartet:

Here is an Urtext edition of his Scherzo Capriccioso, Op. 17, by our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich.


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

(15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912)

English composer and conductor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Photo by unknown photographer, restored by Adam Cuerden. U.S. Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID cph.3c22324.

Here is a performance of his Variations for cello and piano, performed by cellist Razvan Suma and pianist Rebeca Omordia:



Jacques Ibert

(15 August 1890 – 5 February 1962)

French composer

Jacques Ibert. Photo by Louis Silvestre. Bibliothèque nationale de France

Jacques Ibert. Photo by Louis Silvestre. Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Here is his Concerto for Cello and 10 wind instruments, recorded by cellist Jacqueline du Pré (1962), with the Michael Krein Orchestra conducted by Michael Krein:


Lukas Foss

(15 August 1922 – 1 February 2009)

German-American composer, pianist, and conductor

Lukas Foss

Lukas Foss conducting at UCLA. Associated Students, UCLA – “UCLA: Southern Campus: 1960.”

Here is his “Capriccio” performed by cellist Daniel Gaisford and pianist Sean Botkin:

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.