(28 October 1896 – 26 February 1981)
Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, conductor, educator, and music theorist. He studied the cello, piano, and trombone.
American-born conductor and composer based in the UK
Here he talks about his Ballade for cello and orchestra:
American cellist and professor
Here is a recording of him playing the Rachmaninov Sonata in g minor, Op. 19, with pianist Bernadene Blaha:
English composer, conductor, and pianist
Here are his “Diversions” for cello and piano, performed by cellist Benedict Klöckner and pianist Danae Dörken:
Austrian cellist and film composer
Here is a piece he composed and performed: “The Journey”:
Chinese-American cellist and erhu player
Here she performs a cello arrangement of the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 14 in c-sharp minor):
Polish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, piano, drums), composer, and music producer
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