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Alphabetical Listing of Composers of Cello Concertos
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Recorded i.e. all of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded
Partly recorded i.e. some of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded
Unrecorded i.e. none of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded
 

Aagaard-Nilsen, Torstein (b.1964) is a Norwegian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1996.
Abbiate, Louis (1866-1933) was a French cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1895 that was recorded on LP by Eliane Magnan for Ecce Musica. This can be heard on YouTube.
Abel, Carl Friedrich (1723-1787) was was a German composer and viola da gamba player who composed two cello concertos. The concerto in C has been recorded by Klaus-Dieter Brandt for Ars and can be heard on YouTube. His concerto in B flat dating from around 1759 has been recorded by Thomas Blees for FSM Adagio.
Adigozalov, Vasif (1935-2006) was an Azerbaijani composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1990 that has been recorded by Emil Simon for Raks Müzik.
Adler, Samuel (b. 1928) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1995 that has been recorded by Maximilian Hornung for Linn.
Agobet, Jean-Louis (b.1968) is a French composer who completed a cello concerto in 2009. The first part of this work called Feuermann dates from 2003 and was recorded the following year by Xavier Phillips for Timpani.
Agopov, Vladimir (b.1953) is a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Tres viae in 1987 that has been recorded by Arto Noras for Finlandia.
Águila, Miguel del (b.1957) is a Uruguayan-born American composer who wrote Concerto en Tango for cello and orchestra in 2014 for Roman Mekinulov which he can be heard playing on YouTube.
Aho, Kalevi (b.1949) is a Finnish composer who has written two cello concertos. The first dates from 1984 and has been recorded by Gary Hoffmann for BIS. The second was written in 2013 and he also wrote a concerto for 2 cellos and orchestra in 2003, both of which are yet to be recorded. The latter can be seen and heard performed on You Tube.
Akbarov, Ikram (1921-2011) was an Uzbek composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1990.
Akutagawa, Yasushi (1925-1989) was a Japanese composer who wrote a concerto ostinato for cello and orchestra in 1969 that has been recorded by Ko Iwasaki for EMI.
Albert, Eugen d’ (1864-1932) was a Scottish-born pianist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1899 that has been recorded by Alban Gerhardt for Hyperion, David Pia for Farao, Antonio Meneses for Pan and Adolf Steiner for Querstand.
Albert, Stephen (1941-1992) was an American composer who completed his four movement cello concerto in 1990, two years before his tragic death in a car accident. Commissioned for Yo Yo Ma, the recording he made for Sony won a Grammy award in 1995. According to Ma, the composition was a kind of catharsis incorporating struggles in his life. The work is dedicated to the memory of his father.
Ali-Zadeh, Franghiz (b.1947) is an Azerbaijani composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Mersiye which was published in 2002.
Allayarov, Redzhep (b.1936) is a Turkmenistani composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1985 that was recorded on LP by Sergei Mnozhin for Melodiya.
Allende-Sarón, Pedro Humberto (1885-1959) was a Chilean composer who wrote a Concerto sinfónico for cello and orchestra in 1915.
Alnar, Ferid (1906-1978) was a Turkish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1943 that has been recorded by Gülguün Akagün Şarisüzen for Yesa.
Amellér, André (1912-1990) was a French conductor and composer who completed an orchestral cello concerto in 1946 and produced a chamber orchestra version of it in 1963. Jacques Neilz gave the premiere and it may be him who can be heard on YouTube but this is not made clear in the page linked above (through which the three movements may be accessed individually).
Amy, Gilbert (b.1936) is a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in seven linked sections in 2000. It has been recorded by Jean-Guihen Queyras for Editions Hortus.
ApIvor, Denis (1916-2004) was a British composer who had a parallel career as a consultant anaesthetist. He composed a cello concerto in 1977 that was premiered by Raphael Wallfisch.
Arnold, Johann Gottfried (1773-1806) was a German cellist and composer who wrote five cello concertos that can be found in the Petrucci Music Library.
Arnold, Malcolm (1921-2006) was an English composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Shakespearean for Julian Lloyd Webber which was premiered in 1989. The last and least well known of his concertos, it had to wait until 2011 for a recording by Raphael Wallfisch for Naxos, in an edition prepared by David Ellis and first performed in 2003. Further background is here.
Atterberg, Kurt (1887-1974) was a Swedish composer who completed his late-romantic cello concerto in three linked movements in 1922. It has been recorded for BIS by Truls Mřrk and for cpo by Nikolai Schneider.
Auber, Daniel (1782-1871) was a French composer who wrote five cello concertos. No.1 dating from around 1809 and arranged by Douglas Gamley has been recorded by Jascha Silberstein.
Avondano, Pedro António (1714-1782) was a Portuguese composer of Italian parentage. Around 1780 he wrote a cello concerto in G which can be found in the Petrucci Music Library.
Azarashvili, Vaja (b.1936) is a Georgian composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra in 1969 (although some sources suggest 1978) that has been recorded by Giorgi Kharadze for Profil and Maximilian Hornung for Sony. A 2016 performance by the latter can be seen and heard on YouTube.
Babajanian, Arno (1921-1983) was an Armenian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1962 which was recorded by the dedicatee Mstislav Rostropovich for Russian Disc - this can be heard on YouTube.
Bacewicz, Grażyna (1909-1969) was a Polish violinist and composer who wrote two cello concertos. They have been paired together on disc by Dux, the first from 1951 played by Adam Krzeszowiec and the second from 1963 played by Bartosz Koziak.
Bach, Carl Phillip Emanuel (1714-1788) wrote three cello concertos in the period 1750-3, works which have been recorded many times. Cellists who have recorded them all include Nicolas Altstaedt for Hyperion, Balázs Maté for Brilliant Classics, Truls Mřrk for Virgin, Julian Steckel for Hänssler, Raphael Wallfisch for Nimbus, Christophe Coin for Passacaille.
Bäck, Sven-Erik (1919-1994) was a Swedish composer who wrote a cello Concerto in 1966 that has been recorded by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson for Danacord.
Bacri, Nicolas (b.1961) is a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1987 dedicated to Henri Dutilleux that has been recorded by Dominique de Williencourt for Etcetera.
Badings, Henk (1907-1987) was a Dutch composer who wrote two cello concertos: No.1 in 1930 and No.2 in 1939. The second has been recorded by Michaël Müller for Etcetera. The first appears to be unrecorded.
Baker, David N (1931-2016) was an African-American jazz composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra in 1975. This three movement work was commissioned by János Starker and makes more use of serial idioms than jazz. Katinka Kleijn has recorded the work for Cedille. Baker also wrote a concerto for cello and jazz band in 1987 but I can find no evidence of a recording.
Balada, Leonardo (b.1933) is a Spanish-American composer who has written two cello concertos. The first for cello and 9 instruments dates from 1962. It was revised in 1967 and has been recorded by David Premo. No. 2 dates from 2001 is subtitled New Orleans and has been recorded by Michael Sanderling. In 2006 Balada also wrote a concerto for 3 cellos known as A German concerto. All these recordings can be found on Naxos.
Ball, Christopher (b.1936) is a British composer who has written two cello concertos. The first was recorded by Stjepan Hauser in 2010 but I have been unable to find out when it was written. The second was written for Hauser and has yet to be recorded.
Baltin, Alexander (1931-2009) was a Russian pianist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1971 that was recorded on LP by Victoria Yagling for Melodiya.
Banshchikov, Gennady (b.1943) is a Russian composer who has written four cello concertos. The first three date from 1962, 1964 and 1965, and they appear to be unrecorded. His fourth concerto from 1966 is for cello and 11 instruments and called Duodeciment, has been recorded by Yuri Loevski for Russian Disc, and this can be heard on YouTube.
Barati, George (1913-1996) was a Hungarian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1953 that has been recorded by Bernard Michelin for Cri.
Barber, Samuel (1910-1981) was an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1945 for Raya Garbousova. It was recorded by Zara Nelsova under the composer’s baton in 1950. Since then recordings include those by Steven Isserlis for BMG, Wendy Warner for Naxos, Paul Tobias for Albany, Ralph Kirshbaum for Classics for Pleasure and Christian Poltéra for BIS.
Bashmakov, Leonid (1927-2016) was a Finnish conductor and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1972.
Basner, Veniamin (1925-1996) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1989.
Bate, Stanley (1911-1959) was an English composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1953 that has been recorded by Lionel Handy for Lyrita.
Bates, Mason (b. 1977) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2014.
Bauer, Jerzy (b.1936) is a Polish composer who has written two cello concertos, the second (2013) being a modified version of the first. His son Andrzej Bauer has recorded the second concerto for Toccata.
Bax, Arnold (1883-1953) was an English composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1934 for Gaspar Cassadó. It was recorded from a radio broadcast by Beatrice Harrison under Henry Wood in 1938. The recording did not capture the whole performance but has nevertheless been issued on Symposium. Since then Lionel Handy has recorded it for Lyrita and Raphael Wallfisch for Chandos.
Beamish, Sally (b.1956) is a British composer and violist who wrote a cello concerto subtitled River in 1997 that has been recorded by Robert Cohen for BIS.
Beatty, Stephen W. (b.1938) is a prolific composer who has written five cello concertos since 2014. All can be heard on YouTube linked from the scores in the Petrucci Music Library or by searching the composer’s YouTube channel.
Beggerow, Alan is a contemporary composer who has written a cello concerto. I have been unable to find out any biographical information about him or when when it was written.
Belaubre, Louis-Noël (1932-2017) was a French pianist and composer who wrote a concerto for cello and strings based on Boccherini’s sonata in C.
Bengtsson, Gustaf (1886-1965) was a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1932 which has been recorded by Mats Rodin for Sterling.
Ben-Haim, Paul (1897-1984) was a German-born Israeli composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1962 that has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for cpo.
Bentoiu, Pascal (1927-2016) was a Romanian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1989. This can be heard on You Tube performed by Marin Cazacu.
Bentzon, Niels Viggo (1919-2000) was a prolific Danish composer who wrote three cello concertos, the first in 1956 and the third in 1982. The first and third have been been recorded by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson for Danacord. The second dates from 1974 and appears to be unrecorded.
Benzecry, Esteban (b. 1970) is an Argentine composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2013 that can be heard on YouTube played by Gautier Capuçon. He also wrote a concertino for cello and strings in 1992.
Berger, Wilhelm Georg (1929-1993) was a Romanian violist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1967 that has been recorded by for Catalin Ilea for Electrecord.
Bergman, Erik (1911-2006) was a Finnish composer who wrote two cello concertos: one subtitled Dualis in 1978, and a concerto for cello and string orchestra in 1998.
Berkeley, Lennox (1903-1989) was an English composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1939. Surprisingly, it seems that no recording of this work has yet been issued.
Berkeley, Michael (b.1948), son of Lennox, wrote a cello concerto in 1983. It was first performed by Robert Cohen but had to wait almost two decades for a recording, made by Alban Gerhardt as part of a Berkeley edition (a series coupling works by Lennox and Michael) on the Chandos label. A single movement work lasting about 17 minutes, the work is light in orchestral texture and cast as a scherzo with two trios.
Berry, Charles Roland (b.1957) is an American composer who published a cello concerto in 2008 that has been recorded by Jiri Hanousek for Centaur.
Blacher, Boris (1903-1975) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1964 for Siegfried Palm. This has been recorded for Signum by Ramon Jaffé.
Blake, David (b.1936) is an English composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1992 for Moray Welsh which he premiered the following year.
Bleuse, Marc (b.1937) is a French composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 1993.
Bliss, Arthur (1891-1975) was a English composer and conductor who became Master of the Queen’s Music in 1953. In 1970 he wrote a cello concerto that has been recorded several times, including by Raphael Wallfisch for Chandos, Robert Cohen for Decca and Tim Hugh for Naxos.
Boccherini, Luigi (1743-1805) was an Italian composer and cellist who wrote 12 cello concertos. Julius Berger has recorded them all for Brilliant Classics and Tim Hugh and Raphael Wallfisch shared a complete series for Naxos. There are many other other recordings available. The 9th concerto is much the best known and often recorded, sometimes in a romanticised version prepared by Friedrich Grützmacher in 1895. For example Jacqueline du Pré and Tibor de Machula both recorded this version and Lynn Harrell has done so more recently for Azica on a disc called The Known Unknowns.
Bohrer, Max (1785-1867) was a German cellist who wrote a cello concerto (designated No.1) in around 1819 which was dedicated to the King of Bavaria. This can be found in the Petrucci Music Library.
Boismortier, Joseph Bodin de (1689-1755) was a French composer who published a cello concerto as Op.26 No.6 in 1729 which has been recorded on the viola da gamba by Jaap Ter Linden for Archiv.
Borenstein, Nimrod (b.1969) is an Israeli composer who wrote a concerto for cello and string orchestra in 2012, followed by his cello concerto No. 2 in 2017.
Bořkovec, Pavel (1894-1972) was a Czech composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1952.
Bortkiewicz, Sergei (1877-1952) was a Ukrainian composer who wrote a one movement cello concerto in 1922. This can be heard on YouTube played by Vladimir Nor.
Borisov, Lilcho (1925-1996) was Bulgarian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1984.
Börtz, Daniel (b.1943) is a Swedish composer who wrote a concerto for cello and strings in 1980.
Bosmans, Henriëtte (1895-1952) was a Dutch composer whose Concerto No.1 dates from 1922 and No.2 from 1924. Her Poem for cello and orchestra from 1926 has been recorded by Heinrich Schiff for NM Records.
Bouman, Antoon (1854-1906) was a Dutch cellist whose cello concerto No.1 from 1882 can be found in the Petrucci Music Library. It appears that he also wrote a second cello concerto.
Bouman, Hendrik (b.1951) is a Dutch harpsichordist and composer of new music in baroque and classical idioms who wrote a concerto for cello, strings and bass continuo in 2005.
Boyle, George (1886-1948) was an Australian pianist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1917.
Bozza, Eugčne (1905-1991) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1947.
Braga Santos, Joly (1924-1988) was a Portuguese composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1987 that has been recorded by Jan Bastiaan Neven for Marco Polo and Bruno Borralhinho for Naxos.
Brenet, Thérčse (b.1935) is a French composer who wrote a concerto for cello and small orchestra in 2010. She has also written Le Retour De Quetzalcoatl, a symphonic poem for cello and orchestra - this dates from 1995 and has been recorded by Jérôme Pinget for De Plein Vent.
Bréval, Jean-Baptiste (1753-1823) was a French cellist who composed six (perhaps seven) cello concertos in the 1780s, all unrecorded. Three can be found in the Petrucci Music Library. The Rondo from the second in D can be heard on YouTube played by Susanne Beer.
Brian, Havergal (1876-1972) was an English composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1964 when he was 88. This received its first performance by Thomas Igloi a year before the composer’s death in 1971. Cast in three movements it is notably sunnier and more lyrical than most of his later symphonies. Raphael Wallfisch has recorded it for Dutton Epoch.
Bridge, Frank (1879-1941) was an English composer who wrote a concerto elegiaco for cello and orchestra subtitled Oration in 1930. Several recordings have been made including by Julian Lloyd Webber, Raphael Wallfisch, Steven Isserlis and Alban Gerhardt. A suite for cello and small orchestra was commissioned by the Frank Bridge Trust in 1982 consisting of three of Bridge's early pieces for cello and piano, orchestrated by Robert Cornford, and this has been recorded on LP by Lowri Blake for Pearl.
Brossé, Dirk (b.1960) is a Belgian composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto for Isabelle in 2014. This has been recorded by Marie Hallynck for Warner.
Broström, Tobias (b.1978) is a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2013 that has been recorded by Mats Rondin for DB Productions.
Brotons, Salvador (b.1959) is a Spanish flautist, conductor and composer who wrote a concerto for cello and wind ensemble Troubador in 2003 that has been recorded by Jean Decroos for Barcelona Ad Libitum.
Brott, Alexander (1915-2005) was a Canadian composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Evocative Provocations in 1975.
Brun, Fritz (1878-1959) was a Swiss composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 1947 that has been recorded by Claudius Herrmann for Guild.
Bruzdowicz, Joanna (b.1943) is a Polish composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled The Cry of the Phoenix in 1994.
Bryars, Gavin (b.1943) is an English composer and double bassist who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Farewell to Philosophy in 1995 that has been recorded by Julian Lloyd Webber for Philips.
Bubalo, Rudolph (1927-2004) was an American composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra in 1992 that has been recorded by Regina Mushabac for New World.
Bucht, Gunnar (b.1927) is a Swedish composer who has written two cello concertos, the first in 1954 and the second in 1990.
Bürger, Julius (1897-1995) was a Viennese composer who emigrated to the USA and wrote a cello concerto in 1938 that has been recorded by Maya Beiser for Toccata.
Burgon, Geoffrey (1941-2010) was a British composer best known for his television music. In 2007 he wrote a cello concerto that has been recorded by Josephine Knight for Chandos.
Busch, William (1901-1945) was an English composer who wrote a cello concerto for Florence Hooton in 1941. This has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Lyrita.

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Recorded i.e. all of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded
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Unrecorded i.e. none of the composer’s cello concertos have been recorded

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