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Cello Birthdays – 18 August


Antonio Salieri

(18 August 1750 – 7 May 1825)

Italian composer, conductor, and teacher

Portrait of Salieri by Joseph Willibrord Mähler, 1815

Antonio Salieri. Portrait by Joseph Willibrord Mähler, 1815.

Here is an excerpt of Variations on a Theme by Antonio Salieri by Alexander Dmitriev performed by Yosif Feigelson:


 Benjamin Godard

(18 August 1849 – 10 January 1895)

French violinist and composer

Benjamin Godard, c. 1880, Bibliothèque nationale de France

Benjamin Godard, c. 1880, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Here is his Berceuse from Jocelyn, arranged for seven cellos and performed by Soo Bae:


Howard Swanson

(18 August 1907 –  12 November 1978)

American composer

Howard Swanson

Here is the first movement of his Suite for Cello and Piano, recorded by cellist Kristen Yeon-Ji Yun and pianist Phoenix Park-Kim:


Herman Berlinski

(18 August 1910 – 27 September 2001)

German-born American composer, organist, pianist, musicologist, and choir conductor

Herman Berlinski. Photo © 2010 Milken Family Foundation

Herman Berlinski. Photo © 2010 by the Milken Family Foundation, CC BY 3.0.

Here is his From the World Of My Father performed by cellist Steven Honigberg and pianist Carol Honigberg:



Tan Dun

Happy birthday!

Chinese composer, pianist, viola d’amore player, and conductor

Tan Dun

Tan Dun. Photo by en:User: Iluv2write at – [1], CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here is his Crouching Tiger Concerto performed by cellist Jiapeng Nie with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Fan Tao:



“Ljova” – Lev Zhurbin

Happy birthday!

 Russian-born American composer and violist


Ljova. Photo by Inna Barmash, October 2005 in Moscow. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here is an excerpt from the first movement of his work Cello Status performed by cellist Nicholas Finch and the NouLou Chamber Players conducted by Jason Seber:

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.