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Cello Birthdays – 6 October


Otto Siegl

(6 October 1896 — 9 November 1978)

Austrian composer

Otto Siegl

Here is his duet for violin and cello, Gartenmusik, Op. 19, recorded in the wee hours on children’s instruments by Irma Servatius and Mary Milanič:

He also wrote a cello concerto and a piece for cello and piano called Cellomappe, which are not available on YouTube at this time. Please let us know if you record either of these works. Thank you!


Ernst Friedlander

(6 October 1906 – 28 October 1966)

Austrian-Canadian cellist, composer, and teacher

Ernst Friedlander

Photographer unknown, City of Vancouver Archives, mislabeled as a pianist, CVA 136-460. Fair Use.

Here is an LP he made with his wife, pianist Marie Friedlander, called Contemporary Music for Cello. The last piece is his own unaccompanied cello sonata:


Ottomar Borwitzky

(6 October 1930 – 29 March 2021)

German cellist and 1st principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic for 37 years

Ottomar Borwitzky

Ottomar Borwitzky (Photo: Michaela Gericke)

Here is a recording of him playing the Brahms Sonata for Piano and Cello In F major, Op.99, with pianist Daniel Höxter:


Stanley Myers

(6 October 1930 – 9 November 1993)

English composer and conductor

Stanley Myers

Photo by unknown photographer – Original publication: Unknown. Immediate source, Fair use.

Here are the 2Cellos performing his “Cavatina” from The Deer Hunter with the London Symphony Orchestra:

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.