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Cello Birthdays – 28 September


Giovanni Punto

(28 September 1746 – 16 February 1803)

Czech horn player and composer

Giovanni Punto

Here is the fourth movement of his Sonata for Horn and Cello Duet recorded by Kestrel Wright (horn) and Michelle Cameron (cello):



Florent Schmitt

(27 September 1870 – 17 August 1958)

French composer, member of a group known as Les Apaches

Florent Schmitt 1900

Here is his “Chant Elégiaque” recorded by cellist Béatrice Noël  and pianist Marie-Josèphe Truys:


Iwan D’Archambeau

(28 September 1879 – 29 December 1955)

Belgian cellist

Iwan D’Archambeau in 1918


Vivian Fine

(28 September 1913 – 20 March 2000)

American composer, pianist, and teacher

Photo by an unknown photographer from an unknown original publication. Immediate source, Fair use.

Here is her Missa Brevis for Four Cellos and Taped Voice (1972) recorded by mezzosoprano Jan DeGaetani and cellists Eric Barlett, David Finckel, Michael Finckel, and Maxine Neuman:


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.