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Cello Birthdays – 8 September


Michał Modzelewski

(8 September 1825 — 13 December 1879)

Ukrainian cellist and composer of Polish descent

Here is a recording of Adrien François Servais’s Fantaisie et variations sur des motifs de l’opéra La fille du régiment de Donizetti, Op. 16, by cellist Yutaka Hayashi and pianist Yusuke Satake, which is dedicated to Modzelewski:

Here is an edition of this piece available to purchase from our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich.


Antonín Dvořák

(8 September 1841 – 1 May 1904)

Czech composer

Antonín Dvořák

Here is cellist Pierre Fournier performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104, B. 191, with L’Orchestre National de L’ORTF conducted by Sergiu Celibidache:

Here are several Dvořák pieces available to purchase from our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich:


Oscar Eiler

(8 September 1883 – 1935)

American cellist

Oscar Eiler


Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

(8 September 1934 – 14 March 2016)

British composer and conductor

Peter Maxwell Davies

Peter Maxwell Davies. Photo by University of Salford Press Office – Flickr: 8 Songs for a Mad King, CC BY 2.0.

Here he gives introductory remarks before a performance of his Sonata for Cello and Piano (2007), Sequentia Serpentigena, by cellist Jennifer Langridge and pianist Benjamin Powell:


Roger Zabinski

Happy birthday!

American bowmaker

Roger Zabinski


Jonathan Leshnoff

Happy birthday!

American composer

Jonathan Leshnoff photo credit Erica Abbey Photography

Jonathan Leshnoff. Photo by Erica Abbey Photography.

Here is his “Three-Minute Chaconne” for unaccompanied cello performed by Santiago Cañón:


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.