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Cello Birthdays – 7 October


Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume

(7 October 1798 – 19 March 1875)

French luthier, businessman, and inventor

Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1860)

Here is cellist Raphael Wallfisch talking about his Vuillaume cello:


Bernhard Molique

(7 October 1802 – 10 May 1869)

German violinist and composer

Bernhard Molique

Here is his Cello Concerto in D Major, Op.45 (1853), recorded by cellist Ina Joost with the North West German Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gunter Neuhold:


Felix Draeseke

(7 October 1835 – 26 February 1913)

German composer

Felix Draeseke, oil portrait by Robert Sterl (1907)

Felix Draeseke, oil portrait by Robert Sterl (1907)

Click here to listen to his Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 51, recorded by cellist Hartwig Hönle and pianist Werner Genuit.


Reinhold Hummer

(7 October 1855 – 3 October 1912)

Austrian cellist

Reinhold Hummer


Alfred Wallenstein

(7 October 1898 – 8 February 1983)

American cellist and conductor

Alfred Wallenstein

Alfred Wallenstein. Photo from his obituary in The New York Times.

Here is a recording of him playing “Simple Aveu” by Francis Thomé with pianist Virginia Wilson:


Yo-Yo Ma

Happy birthday!

American cellist and United Nations Messenger of Peace

Here he performs the Prélude from Bach Suite No. 1 in G Major:


Dong-Oo Lee

(7 October 1956 – 14? August 2022)

South Korean cellist and professor

Dong-Oo Lee

Here is an informal recording of him playing his “Prophesy”:

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.