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Cello Birthdays – 23 August


Moritz Moszkowski

(23 August 1854 – 4 March 1925)

German composer, pianist, and teacher

Moritz Moszkowski, c. 1880

Here is his “Guitarre” in G Major, Op. 45 No. 2 (arranged for cello and piano), played by cellist Maurice Gendron and pianist Peter Gallion:


Alexei Davidov

(23 August 1867 – 6 March 1940)

 Russian cellist, composer, banker, industrialist, and businessman – nephew of cellist Karl Davidov

Alexei Davidov


Ernst Krenek

(23 August 1900 – 22 December 1991)

Austrian-American composer

Ernst Krenek, 1937.

Ernst Krenek (1937). Photo © Eric Schaal / Weidle Verlag – Diese Datei wurde vom Deutschen Exilarchiv 1933-1945 der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek, Nachlass Eric Schaal, zur Verfügung gestellt. Die Genehmigung zur Verwendung liegt schriftlich vor, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here is his Suite for Solo Cello, Op. 84 (1939), played by cellist Friedrich Gauwerky:


Ludwig Hoelscher

(23 August 1907 – 8 May 1996)

German cellist

Ludwig Hoelscher

Here is a recording of him playing the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata with pianist Elly Ney:



Sulkhan Tsintsadze

(23 August 1925 – 15 September 1991)

Georgian cellist and composer

Sulkhan Tsintsadze

Here are his Five Pieces on Folk Themes recorded by cellist Daniil Shafran and pianist Nina Musinyan:



Antonio Meneses

Happy birthday!

Brazilian cellist

Here he performs Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with the RTVE Orchestra conducted by Yoav Talmi:


Alexandre Desplat

Happy birthday!

Academy Award-winning French composer and conductor

Antônio Meneses

Alexandre Desplat. Photo by SweetSueSociety, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is a cello cover of “Lily’s Theme” from his soundtrack  of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2 performed cellist Chloe Deetlefs:

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.