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Cello Birthdays – 24 October


Ferdinand Hiller

(24 October 1811 – 11 May 1885)

German composer, conductor, pianist, writer, and music director

Ferdinand Hiller

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata No. 2 in a minor, Op. 172, recorded by cellist Joanna Sachryn and pianist Paul Rivinius:


Fritz Espenhahn

(24 October 1862 – 25 October 1927)

German cellist

Fritz Espenhahn


Pierre Sancan

(24 October 1916 – 20 October 2008)

French composer, pianist, teacher, and conductor

Pierre Sancan

Here is his Cello Sonata recorded by cellist Micha Haran and pianist Israel Kastoriano:



Luciano Berio

(24 October 1925 – 27 May 2003)

Italian composer

Luciano Berio in the 1970s

Here is his Sequenza XIV for Cello performed by cellist Zlatomir Fung:


George Crumb

(24 October 1929 – 6 February 2022)

 American composer

George Crumb

Photo by Peter Matthews from New York City, United States – George Crumb at 90, Alice Tully Hall, CC BY 2.0.

Here is his Sonata for solo cello (1955), performed by cellist Anton Pavlovsky:


Sofia Gubaidulina

Happy 91th birthday!

Tatar-Russian composer

Sofia Gubaidulina

Photo by Dmitri N. Smirnov, CC BY 2.5.

Here are her Ten Cello Preludes (1974), recorded by cellist Julius Berger:


Giovanni Sollima

Happy birthday!

Italian composer and cellist

Giovanni Sollima

Photo by Francesco Ferla

Here he plays on an ice cello. Want to know more about ice cellos? See our exhibition. 


Sebastian Bru

Happy birthday!

Austrian cellist

Sebastian Bru

Here is a recording of him playing the 1st movement of the Rachmaninov Sonata with pianist Stefan Stroissnig:

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.