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Cello Birthdays – 22 August


Claude Debussy

(22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918)

French composer

Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy. Photo by Atelier Nadar, Paris – Bibliothèque nationale de France. Also published on the cover of Debussy’s Nocturnes, Durand, Paris, 1909., PD-US.

Here is his Sonata for Cello and Piano performed by cellist Heinrich Schiff pianist Francesco Piemontesi:


Lawrence Leonard

(22 August 1923 – 4 January 2001)

British cellist, conductor, writer, composer, and teacher

Lawrence Leonard


Karlheinz Stockhausen

(22 August 1928 – 5 December 2007)

German composer

Karlheinz Stockhausen in the Electronic Music Studio of the WDR, 1994

Karlheinz Stockhausen in the Electronic Music Studio of the WDR, 1994. Photo by Kathinka Pasveer, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here is his “Solo for Melody Instrument and Feedback” performed by cellist Gabriele Boccio:


Richard Armitage

Happy birthday!

 English actor who played the cello at school

Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage. Photo by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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.