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Cello Birthdays – 18 October


Francis Thomé

(18 October 1850 – 16 November 1909)

French pianist and composer

Francis Thomé, c.1909

Francis Thomé, c.1909

Here is his “Simple Aveu” recorded by cellist Cedric Sharpe and pianist Miss Cecil Dixon in 1923:



Antoon Bouman

(18 October 1854 — 23 March 1906)

Dutch cellist and professor

Antoon Bouman


Olga Hegedus

(18 October 1920 – 22 April 2017)

English cellist who performed at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer

Olga Hegedus

Photo by Unknown Photographer – Original publication: The Times. Immediate source, Fair use.


Howard Shore

Happy birthday!

Canadian composer and conductor

Here is “Cimbrone,” the 1st movement of his Cello Concerto, “Mythic Gardens,” performed by cellist Sophie Shao with the BBC Concert Orchestra under Keith Lockhart:


Adam Klocek

Happy birthday!

Polish cellist, composer, conductor, and teacher

Adam Klocek

Photo by Tomek Wolff

Here he performs the 1st movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob.VIIb:2 with the Sinfonia Varsovia:

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.