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Cello Birthdays – 4 October


Jean-Louis Duport

(4 October 1749 – 7 September 1819)

French cellist, composer, and teacher

Jean-Louis Duport

Jean-Louis Duport. Portrait by Remi-Fursy Descarsin (1747-1793). Photo by Totorvdr59, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is his Cello Concerto No. 4 in e minor (1798) performed by cellist Peter Hörr and the Hofkapelle Weimar:

He is sometimes referred to as “Duport the Younger” to distinguish him from his older brother, Jean-Pierre.


Ernesto de Curtis

(4 October 1875 – 31 December 1937)

Italian composer

Ernesto de Curtis

Here is his “Amalia,” transcribed for cello and piano and performed by cellist Settimio Guadagni and pianist Giuseppe Fricelli:

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.