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Cello Birthdays – 25 September


Jean-Philippe Rameau

(25 September 1683 – 12 September 1764)

French composer and music theorist

Jean-Philippe Rameau, by Jacques Aved, 1728

Jean-Philippe Rameau. Portrait by Jacques Aved, 1728

Here is his “Les Sauvages” performed by Pavel Serbin and Avgust Krepak:


Frederick William II of Prussia

(25 September 1744 – 16 November 1797)

King of Prussia from 1786 and amateur cellist

Frederick William II of Prussia. Oil on canvas.

He was a patron of Boccherini, Mozart, and Beethoven.


Léon Boëllmann

(25 September 1862 – 11 October 1897)

French composer

Léon Boëllmann

Here is his Cello Suite, Op. 6, recorded by cellist Oliver Glenhill and pianist Jeremy Filsell:


Jesús Guridi

(25 September 1886 – 7 April 1961)

Spanish Basque composer

Jesús Guridi in 1915

Here is his “Allá Arriba, En Aquella Montaña” performed by mezzo-soprano Micaëla Aldridge, cellist Caroline Kim, and pianist Cesar Cañon:


Roberto Gerhard (Robert Gerhard i Ottenwaelder)

(25 September 1896 – 5 January 1970)

Catalan-British composer, musical scholar, and writer

Roberto Gerhard

Photo by the, Fair use.

Here is his cello sonata performed by cellist Amparo Lacruz and pianist Emili Brugalla:


Ricard Lamote de Grignon (Ricard Lamote de Grignon i Ribas)

(25 September 1899 – 5 February 1962)

Catalan composer and conductor

Ricard Lamote de Grignon

Here is the first movement of his Suite en Do for unaccompanied cello recorded by Romain Garioud:


Dmitri Shostakovich

(25 September [O.S. 12 September] 1906 – 9 August 1975)

Soviet composer and pianist

Here is a recording of him playing his Cello Sonata in d minor, Op 40, with cellist Daniil Shafran:


Raya Garbousova

(25 September 1909 – 28 January 1997)

Russian-American cellist and teacher

Raya Garbousova

Here she performs Wagner’s Prize Song from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with pianist Erich Itor Kahn:


Lionel Nowak

(25 September 1911 – 4 December 1995)

American pianist and composer

Lionel Nowak

Here is the first movement of his Sonata No. 3 recorded by cellist Michael Finckel and pianist Andrew Willis:


Ola Karlsson

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Swedish cellist and professor

Ola Karlsson

Here he performs Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata in a minor, D. 821, with pianist Valeria Resjan:


Pieter Wispelway

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Dutch cellist

Here is a documentary about his third recording of the Bach cello suites:


Clive Greensmith

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English cellist

Clive Greensmith. Photo Credit: Shayne Gray

Clive Greensmith. Photo Credit: Shayne Gray

Here he performs unaccompanied Bach and Cassadó:

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.