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Cello Birthdays – 25 August


Stefan Wolpe

(25 August 1902 – 4 April 1972)

German-American composer

Stefan Wolpe

Here are his Drei kleinere Kanons for viola and cello, recorded by members of the Ensemble Recherche:


Alexei Haieff

(25 August 1914 – 1 March 1994)

Russian-American composer

Alexei Haieff

Alexei Haieff. Photo by unknown photographer, Fair Use.

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata recorded by cellist Italo Babini and pianist Elizabeth Sawyer Parisot:


Leonard Bernstein

(25 August 1918 – 14 October 1990)

American conductor, composer, pianist, music educator, author, and humanitarian

Leonard Bernstein

Photo by Jack Mitchell, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here are his Three Meditations from Mass performed by cellist Giovanni Sollima with the Cameristi della Scala conducted by Wilson Hermanto:


Șerban Nichifor

Happy birthday!

 Romanian composer, cellist, and music educator

Șerban Nichifor and his wife Liana Alexandra

Nichifor and his wife Liana Alexandra. The couple performed together as Duo Intermedia. Photo by S Nichifor, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here is his Turkish Bolero for four cellos and orchestra performed by the Cellissimo Quartet (cellists Marin Cazacu, Alexandra Gutu, Razvan Suma, and Olga Manescu) with the National Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilarion Ionescu-Galati:


Luka Šulić

Happy birthday!

Slovenian-Croatian cellist

Luka Šulić playing an electric cello

Photo by Stefan Brending, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here he performs his own arrangement of Debussy’s Clair de Lune:


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.