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Cello Birthdays – 26 September


George Gershwin

(26 September 1898 – 11 July 1937)

American composer and pianist

George Gershwin 1937

Here is a performance of his Three Preludes, arranged for violin by Jascha Heifetz and transcribed and performed on the cello by Leonard Disselhorst with pianist Miho Uchida:


William Levi Dawson

(26 September 1899 – 2 May 1990)

American composer, choir director, professor, and musicologist

William L. Dawson

Here is “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit” arranged by W. L. Dawson:



Hisatada Otaka

(26 September 1911 – 16 February 1951)

Japanese composer and conductor

Hisatada Otaka

Here are the first two movements of his Cello Concerto recorded by cellist Ko Iwasaki with an unnamed orchestra conducted by Ko Iwasaki:

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.