Leonardo Leo (Lionardo Oronzo Salvatore de Leo)
(5 August 1694 – 31 October 1744)
Italian cellist, composer, and organist
Here are his six cello concertos performed by cellist Anner Bylsma with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra conducted by Jeanne Lamon:
Friedrich August Kummer
(5 August 1797 – 22 August 1879)
German cellist, composer, and pedagogue
Here is the first movement of his Cello Duet Op. 22, No 1, played by cellists Hannah Holman and Ann Kim:
(5 August 1890 – 3 October 1987)
Austrian-British composer, teacher, and author
Here is his Cello Concerto, Op. 67, performed by cellist Antonio Meneses with the Northern Sinfonia conducted by Claudio Cruz:
Happy 95th birthday!
Here is her “Scion” for unaccompanied cello (1973), performed by Anssi Karttunen:
English composer of concert works and music for films and television
Here is the first movement of his Cello Concerto: I. Waltz Memories, performed by cellist Richard Harwood with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer:
Eicca Toppinen (Eino Matti “Eicca” Toppinen)
Finnish cellist (in Apocalyptica), songwriter, producer, arranger, and drummer
Here is a short film of him:
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!
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