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Cello Birthdays – 20 September


Georg Wille

(20 September 1869 – 9 November 1958)

German cellist

Georg Wille

This image is part of the Portrait Collection Friedrich Nicolas Manskopf at the library of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. ID: 5544327.


Kato van der Hoeven

(20 September 1869 – 23 November 1945)

Dutch cellist

Kato van der Hoeven

She was the second woman cellist to join the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam in 1897.


Ildebrando Pizzetti

(20 September 1880 – 13 February 1968)

Italian composer, musicologist, and music critic

Photo of Ildebrando Pizzetti

Here he conducts his Cello Concerto with soloist Amedeo Baldovino and the Orchestra Rai di Torino:


John Harle

Happy birthday!

English saxophonist, composer, educator, and record producer

Photo of John Harle by Ian Dingle

Photo by Ian Dingle, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here he performs the 1st movement of Michael Nyman’s Concerto for Saxophone and Cello with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Michael Nyman:

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.