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Cello Birthdays – 21 August


Bartolomeo Giuseppe “del Gesù” Guarneri

(21 August 1698 – 17 October 1744)

Italian luthier

Bartolomeo Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri, del Gesù label facsimile

The son of  Giuseppe filius Andrea Guarneri (25 November 1666 – c. 1739/1740) and grandson of Andrea Guarneri (1626 – 1698). He is known as “del Gesù,” meaning “of Jesus” because, after 1731, he put IHS and a cross fleury on his instrument labels.

He is not known to have made any cellos. Still, he is thought to have finished one by his father from 1731 and also had a hand in making another cello by his father that you can hear in the video below from 1729, the “Weiss” cello, named for Peter Weiss AO, who donated it to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, played by cellist Julian Thompson.



Julius Schapler

(21 August 1812 – 20 February 1886)

German cellist and composer

Title Page to Preis-Quartett by Julius Schapler


Lili Boulanger

(21 August 1893 – 15 March 1918)

French composer, younger sister of Nadia Boulanger, studied several instruments in her youth, including the cello

Lili Boulanger

Here is the first of her Deux Pièces pour Violon et Piano, Nocturne, recorded by cellist Isang Enders and pianist Sun-Wook Kim:


Camillo Oblach

(21 August 1895 – 11 November 1954)

Italian cellist, teacher, and composer

Camillo Oblach

Here are his Tre Pezzi Infantili for cello and piano (1. Il Cucu, 2. Passano i Soldatini, 3. Gavotta) recorded by cellist Settimio Guadagni and pianist Angela Massini:



Cremaine Booker (aka “That Cello Guy”)

Happy birthday!

American cellist, pianist, vocalist, and composer

Cremaine Booker

Here he performs his cello cover of “Arrival of the Birds” by The Cinematic Orchestra, which he writes is one of his “favorite pieces in the world”:


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.