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Cello Birthdays – 2 September


Walter Lenck

(2 September 1873 – 13 August 1952)

German- South African cellist, sculptor, draftsman, painter, architect, composer, and dramatist

Walter Lenck

Walter Lenck Self Portrait


Laurindo Almeida

(2 September 1917 – 26 July 1995)

Brazilian composer and guitarist

Laurindo Almeida

Here is his “Lobiana” performed by cellist Yvonne Timoianu and guitarist Günther Berger:


Andrey Petrov

(2 September 1930 – 15 February 2006)

Russian and Soviet composer known for his film music

Andrei Petrov

Photo by, CC BY 4.0.

Here is his “Cooperative Tango” from the movie Garage performed by cellist Anastasia Butorina:


Gayle Smith

Happy birthday!

 American cellist

Gayle Smith

Here is a recording of her playing the Friedrich Gernsheim Cello Sonata No.1 in d minor, Op.12 (1868), with pianist John Jensen:

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.