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Cello Birthdays – 27 September


King Louis XIII of France

(27 September 1601 – 14 May 1643)

King of France, music patron, and composer

Louis XIII. 1635 portrait by Philippe de Champaigne

Louis XIII. Portrait by Philippe de Champaigne (1635)

Here are Fritz Kreisler’s “Chanson Louis XIII” and “Pavane” recorded by cellist Pierre Fournier and pianist Ernest Lush in 1952:



Cyril Scott

(27 September 1879 – 31 December 1970)

English composer, writer, poet, and occultist

Photographer and original publication unknown. Immediate source, Fair use.

Here is his Cello Concerto recorded by Paul Watkins with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Martyn Brabbins:


Hanns Pick

(27 September 1883 – 9 November 1957)

Swiss-American cellist, professor, and conductor

Hanns Pick



Tauno Marttinen

(27 September 1912 – 18 July 2008)

Finnish composer

Here is his Phantasy for cello and orchestra, Op. 154, recorded by cellist Marko Ylönen with the Tampere Filharmonia conducted by Hannu Lintu:



Natalia Shakhovskaya

(27 September 1935 – 20 May 2017)

Soviet and Russian cellist

Natalia Shakhovskaya

Photo by Lisaerbes, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here she is performing Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33, with the RTS Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anatoly Novicky:

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.