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Cello Birthdays – 19 August


Georg Goltermann

(19 August 1824 – 29 December 1898)

German cellist, composer, and conductor

Georg Goltermann

Here is his Cello Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 65 recorded by cellist Michael Ruprecht with the Amberger Sinfonieorchester conducted by Thomas Appel:


George Enescu

(19 August [O.S. 7 August] 1881 – 4 May 1955)

 Romanian composer, violinist, pianist, conductor, and teacher, regarded as one of the greatest musicians in Romanian history

George Enesco

Here is his Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in C major, Op. 26 (1935), recorded by cellist Cătălin Ilea and pianist Nicolae Licăreţ:

Click here to purchase his Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, Op. 11, arranged for cello and piano by our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich.


Robert Heger

(19 August 1886 – 14 January 1978)

German conductor and composer

Robert Heger

Robert Heger. Photo by Deutsche Fotothek‎, CC BY-SA 3.0 de.

Here is his Cello Concerto, Op. 43, recorded by cellist Gaspar Cassadò with the ORF Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer:


Peter Steiner

(19 August 1928 – 6 February 2003)

German cellist

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.