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Cello Birthdays – 26 October


Louis-Charles-Joseph Rey

(26 October 1738 – 12 May 1811)

French cellist and composer

Here is his Sonata Op. 4, No.4 in D major, performed by Claudio Ronco and Emanuela Vozza on period instruments:


Carl Siegemund (Sigismund) Schönebeck

(26 October 1758 — 22 April 1806)

German cellist, composer, and organist

Here is the Rondo from his Duo Concertant for two cellos, Op. 12, No. 1, played by Simone Demenghi and Giovanni Fontolan:



Jakub Jan Ryba

(26 October 1765 – 8 April 1815)

Czech composer, cellist, violinist, singer, organist, and teacher

Jakub Jan Ryba

Here is his Cello Concerto C Major, recorded by cellist Petr Nouzovský with the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra:



Joseph Hollman

(26 October 1852 – 31 December 1927)

Dutch cellist

Joseph Hollman

He worked with Camille Saint-Saëns on some of his later works. Here is a c.1915 recording of him playing Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2, arranged by his teacher, Adrien-François Servais:


David Johnson

(26 October 1942 – 30 March 2009)

Scottish scholar, composer, and cellist

David Johnson


Xenia Jankovic

Happy birthday!

Serbian-Russian cellist and professor

Xenia Jankovic

Here she performs the Rachmaninov Sonata g minor, Op. 119, with pianist Silke Avenhaus:

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.