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Cello Birthdays – 20 November


Count Nikolaus Zmeskall von Domanovecz

(20 November 1759 – 23 June 1833)

Hungarian Court Chancellery official and cellist friend of Beethoven

Count Nikolaus Zmeskall von Domanovecz

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, NE 81, Band VII, Nr. 178 a.

Beethoven wrote his Duet with two obbligato eyeglasses for them to play together. (They both wore eyeglasses.) Here is a recording of this duet recorded by violist William Primrose and cellist Emanuel Feuermann:


Norbert Moret

(20 November 1921 – 17 November 1998)

Swiss composer, conductor, pianist, and teacher

Norbert Moret

Photo by Daniel Vasella – private eigene Aufnahme aus dem Familienalbum, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is a 1989 live recording of his Cello Concerto made by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and the Collegium Musicum of Zurich conducted by Paul Sacher:



Iagoba Fanlo

Happy birthday!

Spanish cellist

Iagoba Fanlo

Here is a recording of him playing the Gigue from Bach Suite No. 6:


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.