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Cello Birthdays – 2 October


Wilhelm Jeral

(2 October 1861 — 17 December 1935)

Czech cellist and composer

Wilhelm Jeral


Hugo Schlemüller

(2 October 1872 — 7 August 1918)

German cellist and composer

Hugo Schlemüller


Kenneth Leighton

(2 October 1929 – 24 August 1988)

British composer and pianist

Here is his Elegy performed by cellist Alexander Baillie and pianist John Thwaites:


Ricardo del Carmen Fortuny

Happy birthday!

Guatemalan cellist

Ricardo del Carmen Fortuny

Here he performs Bach Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009:


Jiaxin Cheng

Happy birthday!

Chinese-born cellist based in Britain

Jiaxin Cheng

Photo by Michael BednarekOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link.

Here she performs Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major:

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.