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Cello Birthdays – 2 November


Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf

(2 November 1739 – 24 October 1799)

Austrian composer, violinist and silvologist

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf

Here is the first movement of his Cello Concerto in D Major performed by cellist Petra Meisl with the South Czech Philharmonic Orchestra České Budějovice conducted by Vojtěch Spurný:


John Foulds

(2 November 1880 – 25 April 1939)

English cellist and composer

Here is “A Keltic Lament” for cello and piano performed by cellist Christine Thomas Tsen and pianist Keane Southard:



Paul Abraham

(2 November 1892 – 6 May 1960)

Hungarian composer and cellist

Paul Abraham

He composed a cello concerto. Please let us know if you know of a score of it and/or if you record it. Thank you.


Harold Farberman

(2 November 1929 – 24 November 2018)

American conductor, composer, and percussionist

Harold Farberman

Here is the first movement of his Millenium Concerto for cello and orchestra recorded by cellist Eugene Moye with the American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein:


Mihály Virizláy

(2 November 1931 – 13 October 2008)

Hungarian-American cellist, teacher, and composer

Mihaly Virizlay

Here he performs his Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1985) with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Zinman:


Marta Casals Istomin, née Marta Montáñez Martínez

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Cellist, artistic director, arts advocate, and spokeswoman. Her first husband was Pau Casals.

Marta Casals Istomin

She is the former president of the Manhattan School of Music, former artistic director of the Kennedy Center, member of the Board of Trustees of the Marlboro School of Music, a member of the first cultural delegation to the Republic of China (1980), a member of the U.S. Advisory on Culture for UNESCO in Mexico City and Paris (the 1980s), a keynote speaker, Chamber Music America Convention in N.Y.C. (1981–84), a delegate to the World Arts Forum in Geneva, Switzerland (1989, 1990), a member of the National Council on the Arts –  the advisory council for the National Endowment for the Arts (1991-1997) appointed by President George H. Bush,  and a keynote speaker for the International Society of Performing Arts Administrators. Here she is with Pau Casals:


Giuseppe Sinopoli

(2 November 1946 – 21 April 2001)

Italian conductor and composer

Giuseppe Sinopoli

Photo by Giosinopoli, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is his Tombeau d’Armor III for cello and orchestra recorded by cellist Peter Bruns with the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Sylvain Cambreling Orchestra:


Martti Rousi

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Finnish cellist

Martti Rousi

Here he performs Jean Sibelius’s Malinconia for cello and piano, Op. 20, with pianist Andrey Telkov:


Graham Waterhouse

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English composer and cellist

Graham Waterhouse

Photo by Gerda Arendt, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here he talks about his music and recent new CD:


Daniel Müller-Schott

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German cellist

Daniel Müller-Schott

© Uwe Arens

Here he performs the Dvořák concerto with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko:

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.