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Cello Birthdays – 29 October


Juan Bautista Massa

(29 October 1885 – 7 March 1938)

Argentine composer and conductor

Juan Bautista Massa

Here is his “Triste” performed by cellist Paolo Ferrara and pianist Silvia Galeano:


Roland Pidoux

Happy birthday!

French cellist, arranger, and conductor

Roland Pidoux

Here is a recording of him playing Gabriel Fauré’s “Après un rêve” with pianist Dalton Baldwin:



Herman Whitfield III

(29 October 1982 — 25 April 2022)

Pianist and composer

Herman Whitfield III

Herman Whitfield III performing at the Indianapolis Arts Garden on 13 February 2009. Whitfield died in police custody after being tased on 25 April 2022. Source.

Here is a recording of him playing the first movement of his violin sonata with cellist Yuriy Leonovich. Read Dr. Leonovich’s tribute to Whitfield here.


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.