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Cello Birthdays – 30 October


Peter Warlock (Philip Heseltine)

(30 October 1894 – 17 December 1930)

British composer and music critic

Peter Warlock in 1924

Photo by unknown artist – Scanned and cropped from frontispiece in Cyril Gray et al.: Peter Warlock: A Memoir of Philip Heseltine. Jonathan Cape, London 1934, Fair use.

Here is part of his Capriol Suite performed by Friends of Cello:


Agustín Lara

(30 October 1897 – 6 November 1970)

Mexican composer

Agustín Lara in 1941

Here is his “La Cumbancha” arranged for cello ensemble by Kohlerstein and performed by the Magistri Cellisti, the Rio Grande Valley Cello Teachers Ensemble at the 2015 Pan American Cello Festival at the University of Texas directed by Tido Janssen:



Meena Karimi

Happy birthday!

Afghan cellist and composer

Meena Karimi

Here she is the soloist in her work, “Dawn,” an original composition for cello and orchestra arranged for orchestra by Arson Fahim. This piece is dedicated to the women of Afghanistan, representing their struggle for justice, equality, and freedom with the hope that comes with a new dawn:


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.