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Cello Birthdays – 16 October


Joseph Hollmann

(16 October 1852 – 31 December 1927)

Dutch cellist

Joseph Hollman

He was the dedicatee of Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 2. Here is a 1922 recording of him playing “The Swan” with pianist Thomas Griselle



Oscar Wilde

(16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900)

Irish poet and playwright

Oscar Wilde in 1882

Oscar Wilde in 1882

He is said to have dreamed about and then commissioned a coat in the shape of a cello:

Echoes of the Eighties pp. 220-221 About Oscar Wilde's Cello Coat

Read more about this in the Oscar Wilde in America Blog.



Adolphe Biarent

(16 October 1871 – 4 February 1916)

Belgian cellist, composer, conductor, and teacher

Adolphe Biarent

Here is his “Le Réveil d’un dieu” for cello and orchestra (1909) performed by cellist Luc Dewez with conductor Pierre Bartholomée:


Gerardo Gandini

(16 October 1936 – 22 March 2013)

Argentine pianist, composer, and music director

Gerardo Gandini

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata performed by cellist Eugenia Menta:


Olaf Maninger

Happy birthday!

German cellist

Olaf Maninger

Photo by re:publica from Germany – #rpTEN – Tag 3, CC BY 2.0.

Here he performs Hans Werner Henze’s “Epitaph”:


Michele Galvagno

Happy birthday!

Italian music engraver, cellist, and teacher

Michele Galvagno

Here is the premiere performance of his transcription (with Marcio Carneiro), of Enrique Granados’ “Intermezzo” from the opera Goyescas performed by cellist Giovanni Sollima and students at the Conservatorio di Musica “Niccolò Piccinni” di Bari:

Links to purchase the score are in the YouTube description.

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.