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Cello Birthdays – 26 August


Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt

(26 August 1925 – 3 January 2010)

Chilean composer

Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt

Gustavo Becerra-Schmidt. Photo: Revista Musical Chilena, Fair use.

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata No. 3, recorded by cellist Carlos Prieto and pianist Edison Quintana:


Edward (Russell) Bisha

(26 August 1927 – 4 May 1991)

American-Canadian cellist

Edward (Russell) Bisha


Anastasia Kobekina

Happy birthday!

Russian cellist

Anastasia Kobekina. Photo by Julia Altukhova

Photo by Julia Altukhova

Here she plays the Haydn Cello Concerto No.2 in D Major with the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie conducted by Frank Braley:

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.