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Cello Birthdays – 7 September


Anton Hekking

(7 September 1855 – 18 November 1935)

Dutch cellist and teacher who worked in both the USA and Germany

Anton Hekking

Here is a recording of him playing Popper’s “Papillon”:


Adnan Saygun

(7 September 1907 – 6 January 1991)

Turkish composer

Adnan Saygun

Photo by, Fair use.

Here is his Partita for unaccompanied cello, performed by Yo-Yo Ma:


Rocco Filippini

(7 September 1943 – 13 April 2021)

Swiss cellist, teacher, and music editor

Here he performs Grützmacher’s version of the Boccherini B-flat concerto at the Royal Albert Hall with i Virtuosi di Roma:


Friedemann Kupsa

Happy birthday!

Austrian cellist

Friedemann Kupsa

Photo by, Ron Kappler – Claus Troendle, CC BY-SA 2.5.

Here is a recording of him playing the first movement of Ethyl Smyth’s Cello Sonata in a minor, Op. 5, with pianist Celine Dutilly:


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.