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Cello Birthdays – 3 October


Bartholomew Johnson

(3 October 1710 – 14 February 1814)

English cellist and centenarian

Bartholomew Johnson


Beatrice Eveline (Jones)

(3 October 1877 – ?)

Welsh cellist

Beatrice Eveline Jones

Her professional name was Beatrice Eveline. During World War I, she played concerts to raise funds for the Red Cross. She played in the first classical music broadcast on the BBC in June 1922.


Karol Szymanowski

(3 October 1882 – 29 March 1937)

Polish composer and pianist

Karol Szymanowski

Photo from the George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress) – This image is available from the United States Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID ggbain.33946.

Here is “The Swan,” Op.7, transcribed and performed by cellist Tomasz Szczesny with pianist Slawomir Wilk:


Maurice Maréchal

(3 October 1892 – 19 April 1964)

French cellist

Maurice Maréchal

Here he plays “The Last Rose of Summer” with pianist Rene Herbin in a 1937 recording:


Steve Reich

Happy birthday!

American composer

Steve Reich

Here is his “Cello Counterpoint” (2003), performed by cellist Ashley Bathgate:


Tristan Keuris

(3 October 1946 – 15 December 1996)

Dutch composer

Tristan Keuris

Here is his Double Concerto for two cellos and orchestra (1992) recorded by cellists Ralph Kirshbaum and Gregor Horsch with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pascal Rophé:


Rami Be’er

Happy birthday!

Israeli choreographer and cellist

Rami Be'er


Leyla McCalla

Happy birthday!

Haitian-American cellist, composer, vocalist, banjoist, and guitarist

Leyla McCalla

Photo by wcmickle, CC BY 2.0.

Here she performs “Little Sparrow”:

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.