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Cello Birthdays – 21 September

1737

Francis Hopkinson

(21 September 1737 – 9 May 1791)

American judge, author, composer, and signers of the Declaration of Independence

Francis Hopkinson. Oil on canvas. Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection, Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Philadelphia, PA.

Oil on canvas. Historical Society of Pennsylvania Collection, Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, Philadelphia, PA.

Here are variations on a theme from his song “My Love is Gone to Sea” by cellist Vasily Popov and pianist Ralitza Patcheva:

 

1827

Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia

(21 September 1827 – 25 January 1892)

Russian Grand Duke, admiral, and amateur cellist

Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia


1874

Gustav Holst

(21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934)

English composer, arranger, and teacher

Gustav Holst. Photo by Herbert Lambert - National Portrait Gallery

Gustav Holst. Photo by Herbert Lambert – National Portrait Gallery, PD-US.

Here is his Invocation (1911) performed by cellist Tim Hugh with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by David Lloyd-Jones:


1931

Malcolm Tait

Happy birthday!

 Canadian cellist

Malcolm Tait


1953

David Pereira

Happy birthday!

Australian cellist

David Pereira

Photo by Gpratten, CC BY 3.0.

Here he is performing the 3rd movement of the Rachmaninov Sonata with pianist Edward Neeman:


1981

Nicole Richie

Happy birthday!

 American television personality, fashion designer, and actress – and cellist (as a child)

Nicole Richie. Photo by Eva Rinaldi

Nicole Richie. Photo by Eva Rinaldi, CC BY-SA 2.0.


1984

Yelian He

Happy birthday!

Chinese-Australian cellist

Yelian He

Photo by Yelian He – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here he plays the 3rd movement of the Chopin sonata with pianist Yasmin Rowe:



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.

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