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Cello Birthdays – 4 August


William Schuman

 (4 August 1910 – 15 February 1992)

An American composer and arts administrator

Here is Schuman’s “A Song of Orpheus” played by Leonard Rose with The Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell:


Tadeusz Wojciechowski

Happy birthday!

Polish cellist and conductor

Tadeusz Wojciechowski


Richard Tognetti

Happy birthday!

Australian violinist, composer and arranger, conductor, and artistic director

Here is his arrangement of Ravel’s Kaddisch from Deux mélodies hébraïques, performed by Camille Thomas with the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Mathieu Herzog:

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.