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Cello Birthdays – 3 September


Pietro Locatelli

(3 September 1695 – 30 March 1764)

Italian composer and violinist

Pietro Locatelli

Here is his Sonata in D Major (a mix of two of Locatelli’s violin sonatas) performed by cellist Min Ji Kim and pianist Ofelia Montalvan:


Giovanni Battista Costanzi

(3 September 1704 – 5 March 1778)

Italian composer and cellist

He served as maestro di cappella of the Cappella Giulia at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and taught cellist Luigi Boccherini. Here is his Sonata da Camera for Two Violoncellos performed by cellists Giovanni Sollima and Monika Leskovar:


Daniël van Goens

(3 September 1858 – 10 May 1904)

French cellist and composer of Dutch descent

Daniël van Goens

Here is his Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op. 7, performed by cellist Orfeo Mandozzi with the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jesus Amigo:


Josef Melzer

(3 September 1859 – ?)

German cellist

Josef Melzer


Ernst Cahnbley

(3 September 1875 – 16 March 1936)

German cellist, composer, and music editor

Ernst Cahnbley


Francisco Mignone

(3 September 1897 – 19 February 1986)

Brazilian composer

Francisco Mignone

Here is his “Modinha” performed by cellist Miguel Braga and pianist Igor Andreev:


Robert LaMarchina

(3 September 1928 – 30 September 2003)

American cellist and conductor

Robert LaMarchina


Maureen O’Carroll

(3 September 1932 – 11 August 2012)

Australian cellist and author of Irish descent

Maureen O'Carroll Age 12

Maureen O’Carroll Age 12

She and her daughter, Leora, wrote a wonderful memoir together:


Piotr Rubik

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Polish cellist, composer, conductor, vocalist, pianist, and music producer

Piotr Rubik

Piotr Rubik. Photo by Sławek, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Here is his “A Psalm for You”:


Gautier Capuçon

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French cellist

Gautier Capuçon. Photo © Anoush Abrar

Gautier Capuçon. Photo © Anoush Abrar.

Here is his dazzling performance of Popper’s Elfentanz with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris conducted by Douglas Boyd:


Kaitlyn Raitz

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American cellist, composer, photographer, and videographer

Kaitlyn Raitz

Kaitlyn Raitz. Photo by Betsy Phillips

Here is “Maybe, Maybe Not,” written, recorded, filmed, and edited by Kaitlyn Raitz:

Your Turn

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