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Cello Birthdays – 17 November


Adolf Hartdegen

(17 November 1849 – 119 March 1940)

German cellist

Adolph Hartdegen


Giuseppe Campanari

(17 November 1855 – 31 May 1927)

Italian-American operatic baritone and cellist

Italian-born operatic baritone and cellist


Gerhard Schjelderup

(17 November 1859 – 29 July 1933)

Norwegian composer, writer, and cellist

Gerhard Rosenkrone Schjelderup

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He studied in Paris: cello with  Auguste Franchomme and composition with Jules Massenet. Here is his Phantasiestück recorded by cellist Baard Bosrup and an unnamed pianist:



Hershy Kay

(17 November 1919 – 2 December 1981)

American composer, arranger, orchestrator, and cellist

Hershy Kay


David Amram

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American composer, arranger, and conductor

David Amram

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Here are his “Three songs for Marlboro” for horn and cello, performed by the ClassicArt Ensemble:



Torleif Thedéen

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Swedish cellist

Torleif Thedéen, 2019. Photo by Nikolaj Lund

Torleif Thedéen, 2019. Photo by Nikolaj Lund

Here is a recording of him playing the Charles-Marie Widor Cello Concerto in e minor, Op. 41, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates:

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.