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Cello Birthdays – 27 October

1782

Niccolò Paganini

(27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840)

Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer

Niccolò Paganini

Niccolò Paganini. Portrait by Andrea Cefaly – The Bridgeman Art Library, Object 769955, Public Domain.

Here are his Variations on a Theme of Rossini performed by cellist Andre Navarra:


1921

Anestis Logothetis

(27 October 1921 – 6 January 1994)

Greek composer (born in Bulgaria to Greek parents)

Anestis Logothetis

Here is his Suite for unaccompanied cello (1952), performed by cellist Angelos Liakakis:

 


1927

Dominick Argento

(27 October 1927 – 20 February 2019)

American composer

Dominick Argento

Photo by King Elder (Ekredle), CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is his Walden Pond, performed by the Oberlin College Choir conducted by Dr. Gregory Ristow; cellists Trisha Doo, Annika Krafcik, Mattie Brister; and harpist Phoebe Durand Mcdonnell:

 


1954

Mark Vigil

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American composer

Mark Vigil

Here is his Duet for cello and piano, performed by cellist Diane Chaplin and pianist Cary Lewis:


1958

Felix Wurman

(27 October 1958 – 26 December 2009)

 American cellist and composer

Felix Wurman

Photograph by Morgan Petroski, first published in the Albuquerque Journal, 27 April 2008; republished in the Los Angeles Times, 31 December 2009, Fair use.

Here he talks about music:


1969

Nina Kotova

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Russian-American cellist and professor

Nina Kotova

Here is an encore performance she gave of the third movement of Gaspar Cassadó’s Suite for Solo Cello:


1973

Dejan Travica

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Serbian cellist and professor

Dejan Travica

Here he performs the Felix Mendelssohn “Song without Words,” Op. 109, with pianist Snežana Peruničić:


1975

Max Lilja

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Finnish cellist, composer, and producer

Max Lilja

Photo by Tero Vuorinen

He is perhaps best known as one of the founders of Apocalyptica. Here is his “I Sound My Sound”:



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.

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