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Cello Birthdays – 25 October


Hans Leo Haßler

(25 October 1564 — 8 June 1612)

German composer and organist

Hans Leo Haßler

Here are his Drei Intraden arranged for cello sextet by Hans Erik Deckert and played by cellists Eric Bowden, June Christensen, Erin Farnsworth, Lisa Hammond, Larissa Humphries, and Lisa Matsuda:


Johann Strauss II

(25 October 1825 – 3 June 1899)

Austrian composer

Johann Strauss II

Here is his “Pizzicato Polka,” written with his brother Josef, performed by James Yoo:



Georges Bizet

(25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875)

French composer

Georges Bizet in 1875

Here are 125 cellists performing an arrangement of music from his opera, Carmen:

Our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich, has this transcription:

Bizet – “Melodrama and Sicilienne” from L’Arlesienne (Transcribed for Cello and Piano)


Alexander Gretchaninov

(25 October [O.S. 13 October] 1864 – 3 January 1956)

Russian-American composer

Alexander Gretchaninov

Here is his Cello Concerto in a minor, Op. 8, performed by Alexander Ivashkin with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valeri Polyanski:


Georg Schumann

(25 October 1866 – 23 May 1952)

 German composer

Georg Schumann

By Schumann Family – File: Schumann.jpg, CC BY 2.0 de.

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata in e minor, Op. 19, recorded by cellist Gerhard Zank and pianist Donald Sulzen:


Don Banks

(25 October 1923 – 5 September 1980)

Australian composer

Don Banks

Photo: AMC

Here are his Three Studies for Cello and Piano, performed by cellist Geoffrey Gartner and pianist Daniel Herscovitch:


Galina Vishnevskaya

(25 October 1926 – 11 December 2012)

Russian soprano opera singer and recitalist – wife of cellist Mstislav Rostropovich

Galina Vishnevskaya

Photo: Galina_Vishnevskaya.jpg: Alexey Yushenkov, derivative work: Diliff – This file was derived from Galina Vishnevskaya.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here she and her husband (playing the piano, rather than the cello) perform a program of Tchaikovsky in 1964:


María de Macedo

Happy 91th birthday!

Portuguese cellist and teacher

Maria de Macedo

Here is a video of her teaching:


Peter Lieberson

(25 October 1946 – 23 April 2011)

American composer

Peter Lieberson

Photo by Rinchen Lhamo. From obituary in The Guardian.

Here are his 6 Realms for Cello and Orchestra, recorded by cellist Michaela Fukačová with the Odense Symphony Orchestra conducted by Justin Brown:


Colin Carr

Happy birthday!

British cellist and teacher

Colin Carr

Photo © Benjamin Ealovega

Here he performs the Prelude of Bach Suite No. 1 in G Major:


Andrzej Bauer

Happy birthday!

Polish cellist, conductor, and composer

Andrzej Bauer in 2019

Here he performs Jerzy Bauer’s Sonata in One Movement with pianist Jan Krzysztof Broja:

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.