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Cello Birthdays – 15 September


Wilhelm Fitzenhagen

(15 September 1848 – 14 February 1890)

German cellist, composer, teacher, and dedicatee of Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme

Wilhelm Fitzenhagen


Frank Martin

(15 September 1890 – 21 November 1974)

Swiss composer

Frank Martin

Here is Pierre Fournier performing Martin’s Cello Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra conducted by George Szell:


Asier Polo

Happy birthday!

Spanish cellist

Asier Polo

Here is the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 in c minor, BWV 1011:

This is from the album he released in January 2021:

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!

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