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Cello Birthdays – 17 September


Saverio Mercadante

(baptized 17 September 1795 – 17 December 1870)

Italian composer

Saverio Mercadante. Portrait by Andrea Cefaly.

Saverio Mercadante. Portrait by Andrea Cefaly.

Here is his “La Poesia” arranged for four cellos and played by the 4Cellos:


Francesco Serato

(17 September 1843 – 24 December 1919)

Italian cellist

Francesco Serato


Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht

(17 September 1880 – 14 February 1965)

French composer, conductor, and writer

Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht

He wrote a Nocturne for cello (or violin, or viola) and piano (1922), but we do not know of any recording online. Please let us know if you know of one. Thank you.


Hendrik Andriessen

(17 September 1892 – 12 April 1981)

Dutch composer and organist

Hendrik Andriessen

Here is his Canzona for cello and orchestra recorded by cellist Michael Müller with the Radio Kamerorkest conducted by Thierry Fischer:


Isang Yun

(17 September 1917 – 3 November 1995)

Korean-German composer who studied cello in his youth

Isang Yun

Here is the first of his 7 Etudes for Solo Cello performed by cellist Seungwon Chung:


Radu Aldulescu

(17 September 1922 – 19 March 2006)


Photo by Albalint, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here he performs an arrangement of Chopin’s Nocturne in c sharp minor, Op. posth., with pianist Rolando Nicolosi:

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.