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Cello Birthdays – 5 October


Eduard Franck

(5 October 1817 – 1 December 1893)

German composer, pianist, and teacher

Eduard Franck

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata, Op. 42, performed by cellist Christian Schrock and pianist Woori Kim:


John W. Downey

(5 October 1927 – 18 December 2004)

American composer, pianist, conductor, and theory professor

John W. Downey

Here is his Cello Sonata recorded by cellist George Sopkinand pianist Armand Basile:



Kevin “K.O.” Olusola

Happy birthday!

American singer-songwriter, beatboxer, and cellist

Kevin "K.O." Olusola

Photo by Aszpiga, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Here is his cello cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me”:

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.