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Cello Birthdays – 16 November


Charles-Antoine Campion (Carlo Antonio Campioni)

(16 November 1720 – 12 April 1788)

French-Italian composer

Carlo Antonio Campioni

Here is a movement from his Suite, Op. 5, No. 7, originally for violin and cello, performed by flutist Laurel Sanders and cellist Susan Buda:


François George-Hainl

(16 November 1807 – 2 June 1873)

French cellist and conductor

François George-Hainl


W. C. Handy

(16 November 1873 – 28 March 1958)

American composer, cornetist, and guiatarist

W. C. Handy

Here is a cello cover of his St.Louis Blues performed by the Rastrelli Cello Quartet:



Paul Hindemith

(16 November 1895 – 28 December 1963)

German composer, violist, violinist, teacher, and conductor

Paul Hindemith in 1923

Photo from the Hindemith-Institut als Rechteinhaber unter GFDL zur Verfügung gestelltHochgeladen nach de.wikipedia von de:Benutzer:Axel Hindemith, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here are his “A frog he went a-courting” variations performed by cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Eileen Buck:


Ton de Leeuw

(16 November 1926 – Paris, 31 May 1996)

Dutch composer

Ton de Leeuw

Here is his Apparences I performed by cellist Larissa Groeneveld:



Shirvani Chalaev

Happy birthday!

Dagestani composer

Shirvani Chalaev

Photo by Dmitry Rozhkov – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here are his Four Lak Songs performed by cellist Lev Evgrafov and an unnamed pianist:


Beatriz Blanco

Happy birthday!

Spanish cellist and professor

Beatriz Blanco

Here she performs the Chopin Sonata with pianist Federico Bosco:

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.