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Cello Birthdays – 9 August


Reynaldo Hahn

(9 August 1874 – 28 January 1947)

Venezuelan-born French composer, conductor, music critic, and singer

Reynaldo Hahn. Photo credit: Manuel Cohen, Agence France-Presse

Reynaldo Hahn. Photo credit: Manuel Cohen, Agence France-Presse – Press photograph, PD-US.

Here is his “À Chloris” performed by cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and pianist John Lenehan:


Albert Ketèlbey

(9 August 1875 – 26 November 1959)

English composer, conductor, pianist – and cellist

Albert Ketèlbey

Albert Ketèlbey. Photo by an unknown artist – Original publication: unknown. Immediate source. Fair use.

Here is a 1912 recording of cellist Auguste van Biene and an unnamed pianist performing Ketèlbey’s “The Phantom Melody”:


Sándor Jemnitz

(9 August 1890 – 8 August 1963)

Hungarian composer, conductor, and music critic

Sándor Jemnitz

Here is the world premiere recording of his Cello Sonata, Op. 31 by our Cello Music Editions Specialist, Dr. Yuriy Leonovich.

Learn more about this cello sonata in an article by Dr. Leonovich.


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.