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Cello Birthdays – 6 November


Jean-Baptiste Bréval

(6 November 1753 – 18 March 1823)

French cellist and composer

Jean-Baptiste Bréval

Here is the second movement of his Sonata in C Major, Op. 40, No. 1, recorded by cellist and editor Dr. Yuriy Leonovich:

Here are editions by Dr. Leonovich, our Cello Music Editions Specialist:


John Philip Sousa

(6 November 1854 – 6 March 1932)

American composer and conductor

John Philip Sousa

Here is his famous “Stars and Stripes Forever” performed by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Cello Ensemble, Mark Churchill, Director:



Carl Ebner

(6 November 1857 – 30 December 1930)

German cellist

Karl Ebner


David Ward-Steinman

(6 November 1936 – 14 April 2015)

American composer and music professor

Here is the first movement of his Cello Concerto recorded by cellist Howard Colf and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of Olomouc conducted by David Amos:


Barbara Heller

Happy birthday!

German composer and pianist

Barbara Heller Press Photo by Jockel

Here are three movements of her Sounds & Signs for unaccompanied cello, recorded by cellist Erica Lessie:

Read more about this piece in Erica’s article here.


Lori Singer

Happy birthday!

American actress, cellist, singer, and model

Lori Singer

She doesn’t need a cello stunt double for cello scenes!



Martin Tillman

Happy birthday!

Swiss cellist and composer

Martin Tillman Photo by Ewanglee Photography

Photo by Ewanglee Photography

Here he performs “Power Rangers” with Brian Tyler at the 2017 Krakow Film Music Festival Anniversary Gala:



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.