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Cello Birthdays – 23 October

1715

Peter II of Russia

(23 October [O.S. 12 October] 1715 – 30 January [O.S. 19 January] 1730)

Emperor of Russia and amateur cellist

Peter II of Russia


1865

Ferdinando Ronchini

(23 October 1865 — 1938)

Italian cellist and composer

Here is his “Mazurka” for cello and piano performed by cellist Valérie Aimard and pianist Cédric Lorel:

 


1893

Jean Absil

(23 October 1893 – 2 February 1974)

Belgian composer, organist, and professor

Jean Absil

Photo by Blanchitout, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is his “Berceuse” performed by cellist Alexandre Debrus and pianist Gauvin de Morant:

 


1906

Miriam Gideon

(23 October 1906 – 18 June 1996)

American composer

Miriam Gideon

Here is her “Fantasy on a Javanese Motive” (1948), recorded by cellist Seymour Barab and pianist William Masselos:


1923

Ned Rorem

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Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer and author

Ned Rorem

Here is the unaccompanied cello movement “Stone Snowballs” from his “Winter Pages,” performed by Carl-Oscar Østerlind:


1949

Tristan Honsinger

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American cellist

Tristan Honsinger

Photo by Seth Tisue – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 2.0.

Here he performs “A Camel’s Kiss”:

 


1955

Toshio Hosokawa

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Japanese composer

Toshio Hosokawa

Photo by VioWorld – Vioworld trifft… Toshio Hosokawa at 0:02, cropped, CC BY 3.0.

Here is his Sublimation for cello and orchestra (2016), performed by cellist Seungmin Kang and the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Stéphane Denève:


1963

Lori Goldston

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American cellist and composer

Lori Goldston

Photo © Kelly O.

Here she performs her own “Serenade”:


1968

Patricio Villarejo

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Argentine cellist, composer, conductor, arranger, and producer

Patricio Villarejo

Here he provides the beautiful voice of the angel in McLachlan’s song “Angel.” *Trigger Warning: For those unfamiliar with the movie City of Angels, there is a scene that might be disturbing as the angel jumps from a building.*



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!

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