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Cello Birthdays – 8 November


Georg Schnéevoigt

(8 November 1872 – 28 November 1947)

Finnish conductor and cellist

Georg Schnéevoigt


Lazare Saminsky

(8 November 1882 [O.S. 27 October 1882] – 30 June 1959)

Russian composer and conductor

Lazare Saminsky

Here is his Hassidic Suite, Op. 24, No. 1-3, performed by cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki:


Sir Arnold Bax

(8 November 1883 – 3 October 1953)

English composer, poet, and author

Bax in 1922 by Herbert Lambert

Portrait of Bax by Herbert Lambert, photogravure, circa 1922

Here is the first movement of his Cello Sonata, recorded by cellist Florence Hooten with Wilfred Parry:


Yuri Shaporin

(8 November [O.S. 27 October] 1887 – 9 December 1966)

Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer and PAU (People’s Artist of the USSR)

Photo by Unknown Artist, 1948. Immediate source, Fair use.

Here are his Five Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op.25, recorded by cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and pianist Alexander Dedyukhin:


Arnold Rosner

(8 November 1945 – 8 November 2013)

American composer

Arnold Rosner

Here is the 1st movement of his Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 89 “La divina commedia,” edited by Stephen Kates and recorded by cellist Maxine Neuman and pianist Margaret Kampmeier:


Judith Lang Zaimont

Happy birthday!

American composer

Judith Lang Zaimont

Here is her Sestina for solo cello, from her Tanya Poems, recorded by cellist Jason Calloway of the Amernet Quartet:

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.