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Cello Birthdays – 2 August


Sir Arthur Bliss

 (2 August 1891 – 27 March 1975)

English composer

Sir Arthur Bliss

Here is his Cello Concerto (1970), which he wrote in his late 70s for Rostropovich. Bliss’s concerto is performed by cellist Tim Hugh with the English Northern Philharmonia conducted by David Lloyd Jones:


Johanna Gertrud Rottenberg Hindemith

 (2 August 1900 – 13 March 1967)

A pianist, cellist, and bassist – wife of Paul Hindemith

Although she did not appear publically as a performer after her marriage, she played throughout her life. Read more about her here.

Johanna Gertrude “Gertrud” Rottenberg Hindemith


Roman Ryterband

Polish-American composer and pianist

(2 August 1914 – 17 November 1979)

Roman Ryterband

Here is his Triptyque Contemporain (1944), played by cellist Lars Hoefs and pianist Alexandre Zamith:


Don Whitton

(2 August 1923 – 26 April 2018)

Canadian cellist and teacher

Don Whitton

Don Whitton. Family photo from his obituary in the Ottawa Citizen.

Here he performs with  Herbie Helbig and others on the album A Classical Gas! (1969)


Josef Luitz

Happy 87th birthday!

Austrian cellist and cello teacher

Josef Luitz

Josef Luitz. Photo by JLuitz – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here he performs Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, with pianist Sandra Jost:


Graham Kendrick

Happy 71st birthday!

English Christian singer, songwriter, and worship leader

Graham Kendrick

Graham Kendrick. Photo by Minnie Bannister – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is his “Father Me” from an album called Classical Praise Cello:

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!

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