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Cello Birthdays – 28 October

1896

Howard Hanson

(28 October 1896 – 26 February 1981)

Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, conductor, educator, and music theorist. He studied the cello, piano, and trombone.


1936

Carl Davis

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American-born conductor and composer based in the UK

Carl Davis

Carl Davis (Kuala Lumpur 07/05/09 ). Photo by: Ramdzan Masiam, CC BY 2.0.

Here he talks about his Ballade for cello and orchestra:

 


1938

Laurence Lesser

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American cellist and professor

Laurence Lesser

Photograph by Paul Foley

Here is a recording of him playing the Rachmaninov Sonata in g minor, Op. 19, with pianist Bernadene Blaha:

 


1938

Howard Blake

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English composer, conductor, and pianist

Photo credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL

Here are his “Diversions” for cello and piano, performed by cellist Benedict Klöckner and pianist Danae Dörken:


1970

Christof Unterberger

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Austrian cellist and film composer

Here is a piece he composed and performed: “The Journey”:


1985

Tina Guo

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Chinese-American cellist and erhu player

Tina Guo

Photo by Binksternet, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here she performs a cello arrangement of the first movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 14 in c-sharp minor):


1994

Szymon Chodyniecki

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Polish singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, piano, drums), composer, and music producer

Szymon Chodyniecki



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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