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Cello Birthdays – 6 September


Boris Blinder

(6 September 1898 – 31 January 1987)

Russian-American cellist

Boris Blinder

Boris Blinder in 1945. Photo: San Francisco Symphony archives.

Here is a recording of him playing the Brahms Double Concerto with his violinist brother Naoum Blinder and the Standard Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pierre Monteux:


Francesco von Mendelssohn

 (6 September 1901 – 22 September 1972)

German cellist and collector

Francesco von Mendelssohn


William Kraft

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American composer, conductor, percussionist, and teacher

William Kraft

Here is his Interplay for cello and orchestra (1982/1984), recorded by cellist Warren Samples Jr. with the Alabama Symphony conducted by Paul Polivnik.:


Evgeny Svetlanov

(6 September 1928 – 3 May 2002)

 Russian conductor, composer, and pianist

Yevgeny Svetlanov. Photo by By Koch, Eric / Anefo.

Evgeny Svetlanov. Photo by Koch, Eric / Anefo – Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANeFo), 1945-1989, Nummer toegang Bestanddeelnummer 920-8813, CC BY-SA 3.0 nl.

Here is his “Aria” performed by the Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan conducted by Alexander Sladkovsky:


Gilles Tremblay

(6 September 1932 – 27 July 2017)

Canadian composer

Gilles Tremblay

Gilles Tremblay. Photo by JFT257, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Here is his Cèdres en voile “Thrène pour le Liban” recorded by cellist Matt Haimovitz:


Joan Tower

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Grammy-winning American composer, concert pianist, and conductor

Joan Tower

Here is her “Très Lent” performed by cellist Caroline Stinson and pianist Molly Morkoski:


Anatoli Krastev

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Bulgarian cellist and teacher

Anatoli Krastev

Here he performs the last movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major with the Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra conducted by Emil Tabakov:

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.