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Cello Birthdays – 19 October


Hermann Jacobowsky

(19 October 1846 – ?)

German cellist, composer, arranger, and teacher

Here is his “Fragment from R. Wagner’s Parsifal” for four cellos performed by the KODA Cello Quartet:



Mabel Chaplin

(19 October 1870 – 6 November 1960)

English cellist and early music specialist (one of the first)

Mabel Chaplin


Robert Morris

Happy birthday!

English-American composer, music theorist, and professor

Robert Morris

Here are his “Refrains” (1995) for cello and piano, performed by cellist Darrett Adkins and pianist Brian Alegant:


Roland Dyens

(19 October 1955 – 29 October 2016)

French classical guitarist, composer, and arranger

Roland Dyens

Photo by Hans Bernhard (Schnobby), CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here is his “Tango en Skai” arranged for cello and guitar and performed by guitarist Isana Akita and cellist Tatsuki Sasanuma:

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.