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Cello Birthdays – 30 September


Johan Svendsen

(30 September 1840 – 14 June 1911)

Norwegian composer, conductor, and violinist

Johan Svendsen

Photo by Claus Peter Knudsen

Here is his Cello Concerto in D Major, Op. 7 (1870), recorded by cellist Hege Waldeland with the Bergen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Karsten Andersen:


Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

(30 September 1852 – 29 March 1924)

Irish composer, music teacher, and conductor

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford in 1921

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford in 1921

Here is a recording of cellist Raphael Wallfisch performing his Irish Rhapsody No. 3 for cello and orchestra with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley:


Gaspar Cassadó (Gaspar Cassadó i Moreu)

(30 September 1897 – 24 December 1966)

Catalan cellist and composer

Gaspar Cassadó

Photo by Aldercraft – inherited personally from Hans Adler Music Collection. Previously published here, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here he plays his “Requiebros” with an unnamed pianist:


Aldo Parisot

(30 September 1918 – 29 December 2018)

Brazilian-American cellist and cello professor

Aldo Parisot

Here is a c.1960 CBS program called Camera Three, featuring Parisot:


Oscar Pettiford

(30 September 1922 – 8 September 1960)

American jazz double bassist, cellist, and composer

Oscar Pettiford

Here he plays his “In a Cello Mood”:


Eleanor Alberga, OBE

Happy birthday!

British pianist and composer

Eleanor Alberga

Eleanor Alberga. Photo by Thomas Bowes (2016)

Here is her “Ride Through,” performed by cellist Emily Doveala. Learn more about Alberga and this piece in Erica’s February 2021 postcards:


Rushad Eggleston

Happy birthday!

American cellist, composer, vocalist, inventor of words, kazoo player, and performance artist

Rushad Eggleston

Here is his video, “Tooth Bass 1369”:

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.



  1. Reply
    Matthew Currie says:

    It occurred to me after mentioning Donald White, that I also have a little cello story about Aldo Parisot. My ex-wife’s brother was (and I guess still is, though he now lives in Switzerland and is likely retired) a cellist, who spent one summer at the Yale summer music school in Norfolk, CT, studying with Mr. Parisot, who was a chain smoker. He is said to have joked that once he dropped his cigarette into the wrong place, and burned a hole in his Stradivarius.

    • Reply
      Curator, Brenda Neece says:

      Poor cello – but what a great story! I knew a teacher who could hold a cigarette while bowing . . .

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