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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
 

Gagić, Bogdan (b.1931) is a Croatian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1987.
Gagneux, Renaud (1947-2018) was a French composer who wrote his first concerto, Triptyque for cello and orchestra in 1990 - this has been recorded by Mstislav Rostropovich on Warner. He wrote a second concerto in 1999 and apparently a private recording exists by Gary Hoffman and the Orchestra des Jeunes, possibly of the premiere given in 2000.
Gál, Hans (1890-1987) was an Austrian composer who settled in Edinburgh where he wrote his cello concerto in 1944. It has been recorded by Antonio Meneses for Avie and Raphael Wallfisch for cpo.
Ganz, Moritz (1806-1868) was a German cellist who wrote two cello concertos which were published in 1830 and 1836. The second can be found in the Petrucci Music Library and was dedicated to Czar Nicholas I of Russia.
Garrido-Lecca, Celso (b.1926) is a Peruvian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1994 that has been recorded by Carlos Prieto for Urtext.
Garth, John (1721-1810), a cellist and composer from Durham, England wrote six cello concertos which were published in 1760. They have all been recorded by Richard Tunnicliffe for Divine Art. The second only has been recorded by Alexander Baillie on Helios.
Geissler, Fritz (1921-1984) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1974 that appears to be unrecorded. He also wrote a cello concertino in 1981 that has been recorded by Hans-Joachim Scheitzbach for Hastedt. This can be heard on YouTube.
Gemrot, Jiří (b.1957) is a Czech composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1984 which was recorded the following year on LP by Maire Hixova for Panton. He also wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra in 2009, the premiere of which was recorded privately by Jeremy Findlay (and can be heard on YouTube) along with performances of Gemrot’s concertino for cello, piano and orchestra (2004), and Lamento for cello and string orchestra (2012).
Genzmer, Harald (1909-2007) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1950 that has been recorded by Patrick Demenga for Capriccio. He also wrote a concerto for cello and winds in 1969 which was recorded on LP by Angelica May for Impression.
Gerber, Steven (1948-2015) was an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1994 that has been recorded by Carter Brey for Koch.
Gernsheim, Friedrich (1839-1916) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1907 that has been recorded by Alban Gerhardt for Hyperion.
Gerov, Nayden (1916-1989) was a Bulgarian composer who wrote a cello concerto. No further information about it seems to be available on the internet.
Ginastera, Alberto (1916-1983) was an Argentinean composer who wrote two cello concertos: No.1 in 1968 and No.2 in 1980. Mark Kosower has recorded them both for Naxos.
Glass, Paul (b.1934) is a Swiss-American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1961.
Glass, Philip (b.1937) is an American composer who wrote two cello concertos. No.1 dates from 2001 and has been recorded by Julian Lloyd Webber and Wendy Sutter. No.2 called Naqoyqatsi appeared in 2012 and has been recorded by Matt Haimovitz. All these recordings are on the Orange Mountain label.
Glazunov, Alexander (1865-1936) was a Russian composer whose contribution to the genre was a late four movement work called Concerto Ballata. It was written for Pablo Casals in 1931 and lasts about 20 minutes. The work has been recorded several times and there are reviews on MusicWeb International of performances by Mstislav Rostropovich from 1964 (Melodiya), Alexander Rudin (Naxos), Jamie Walton (Signum) and Wen-Sinn Yang (Warner), who also recorded the composer’s brief Chant du Ménestrel for cello and orchestra.
Gličre, Reinhold (1874-1956) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1946 for Sviatoslav Knushevitsky that has been recorded by Sergei Sudgilovsky for Olympia (now on Alto), Quirine Viersen for Dom Talent and Dmitry Khrychov for Northern Flowers.
Goens, Daniël van (1858-1904) was a French cellist of Dutch descent best known for his scherzo for cello and piano. He wrote two cello concertos, the first dates from 1886 and can be heard on You Tube played by Orfeo Mandozzi. The second was written for David Popper and published in 1901.
Goldschmidt, Berthold (1903-1996) was a German-born composer who emigrated to England in 1935. His 1954 cello concerto has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for cpo.
Goldšteins, Edmunds (1927-2008) was a Latvian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1963 that was recorded on LP by Mâris Villerušs for Melodiya.
Goleminov, Marin (1908-2000) was a Bulgarian composer who wrote two cello concertos, in 1946 and 1984. He later transcribed the first for viola.
Golob, Jani (b.1948) is a Slovenian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2001 that has been recorded by Miloš Mlejnik for Ars Slovenica.
Goltermann, Georg (1824-1898) was a German cellist who wrote eight concertos, the first of which was published in 1852. The slow movement of this was recorded as a solo by Pablo Casals. His third concerto was recorded by Orfeo Mandazzi for XXI-21 Productions. The rest appear to be unrecorded but the fourth can be heard complete on YouTube played by Michael Ruprecht.
Golubev, Evgeny (1910-1988) was a Russian composer who was taught by Myaskovsky. In 1956 he wrote a cello concerto which has been recorded by Mstislav Rostropovich for the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire label.
Gordon, Geoffrey (b.1968) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto (after Thomas Mann’s Doktor Faustus) in 2013 which has been recorded by Toke Mřldrup for BIS.
Gotkovsky, Ida (b.1933) is a French composer who completed a cello concerto in 1980.
Grädener, Hermann (1844-1929) was a German composer of two cello concertos. The first was published in 1908 and the second written in 1912.
Graener, Paul (1872-1944) was German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1927 that has been recorded by Uladzimir Sinkevich for cpo.
Graf, Friedrich Hartmann (1727-1795) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto around 1780 which has been recorded by Jan Vogler for Sony.
Gregor, Čestmír (1926-2011) was a Czech composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1974. This has been recorded on LP by Jan Hališka and Reine Flachot, both for Supraphon. The latter can be heard on YouTube.
Gregson, Edward (b.1945) is an English composer who wrote A Song for Chris - concerto for cello and chamber orchestra in 2007. This has been recorded by Guy Johnston for Chandos.
Greif, Olivier (1950-2000) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Durch Adams Fall in 1999. This has been recorded by Henri Demarquette for Accord.
Grenager, Lene (b.1969) is a Norwegian cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2006 that has been recorded by Tanja Orning for Aurora.
Gretchaninov, Alexander (1864-1956) was a Russian composer who wrote a concerto in 1895 which has been recorded by Alexander Ivashkin for Chandos.
Gretsch, Johann Konrad (1710-1778) was a German cellist who is thought to have written five cello concertos. His concerto in C can be found in the Petrucci Music Library.
Groslot, Robert (b.1951) is a Belgian pianist, conductor and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2011 that has been recorded by Ilia Yourivitch Laporev under his baton for Naxos.
Gross, Johann Benjamin (1809-1848) was a German cellist who wrote three cello concertos (one “in the form of a concertino”). His third concerto Op.38 which probably dates from the 1830s has been recorded by Klaus-Dieter Brandt for ARS.
Gruber, Heinz Karl (b.1943) is an Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1989 that has been recorded by Robert Cohen for BIS.
Grützmacher, Friedrich (1832-1903) was a German cellist who composer three cello concertos which were first published in 1854, 1858 and 1859. The third concerto can be found in the Petrucci Music Library. Grützmacher is best known for his arrangement of Boccherini’s 9th concerto. He also arranged Louis Spohr’s Violin Concerto No.8 for the cello and this has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Nimbus.
Gubaidulina, Sofia (b.1931) is a Russian composer who has written three cello concertos. The first dates from 1972, is for cello and chamber ensemble, called Detto-2 and has been recorded by Ilkka Pälli for BIS. The second dates from 1993 is called And: The feast is in full progress, and has been recorded by David Geringas for Col Legno. The third dates from 1997 is called The Canticle of the Sun and is for cello, chamber choir and percussion. This has been recorded by the dedicatee Mstislav Rostropovich for Warner, and also by David Geringas for Chandos, Pieter Wispelwey for Channel Classics, Ivan Monighetti for BIS and Nicolas Altstaedt for ECM. She also wrote Sieben Worte for cello, bayan and strings in 1982, and this has been recorded by Torleif Thedéen for BIS.
Gubarenko, Vitaly (or Vitaliy Hubarenko) (1934-2000) was a Ukrainian composer who wrote a cello concerto-poem in 1963. His chamber symphony No. 4 from 1983 is for cello and string orchestra, and it also appears to be unrecorded.
Gulda, Friedrich (1930-2000) was an Austrian composer best known as a pianist. His five movement concerto for cello and wind orchestra was written in 1980 for Heinrich Schiff who recorded it with the composer in 1981. Since then at least nine other cellists have recorded it including Nicolas Altstaedt and a live performance from Schiff in 1988 is also available on DVD.
Gunning, Christopher (b.1944) is an English composer who is best known as a composer for films and television, wrote his cello concerto in 2013. This work is in 3 movements subtitled Waltz Memories, Racing and Lament with Variations. Richard Harwood has recorded it for Discovery Music and Vision.
Gurlitt, Manfred (1890-1972) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1938 that was supposed to be premiered by Emanuel Feuermann but I can find no information about performances or evidence of a recording.
Hagen, Daron (b.1961) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1996 which was recast for cello and wind ensemble in 1997. Both versions appear to be unrecorded.
Haas, Georg Friedrich (b.1953) is an Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto which was completed in 2004.
Hahn, Reynaldo (1874-1947) was a Venezuelan-born French composer who started writing a cello concerto (known as the Concerto inachevé) in 1905 but left it incomplete after two movements. These have been recorded by Roland Pidoux for Maguelone.
Halffter, Cristóbal (b.1930) is a Spanish composer who has written two cello concertos. The first was written in 1974 for Siegfried Palm and does not seem to have been recorded but Palm can be heard playing it in a 1976 performance on YouTube. The second subtitled Only silence remains was written in 1985 for Mstislav Rostropovich and was recorded by him for Erato (now on Warner), and also by Boris Pergamenschikov for Auvidis Montaigne.
Hallgrímsson, Hafliđi (b.1941) is an Icelandic cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2003 that has been recorded by Truls Mřrk for Ondine.
Hammerth, Johan (b.1953) is a Swedish composer who completed a cello concerto in 1998.
Harbison, John (b.1938) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto for Yo Yo Ma in 1993 that has been recorded by David Finckel for Albany.
Harris, Ross (b.1945) is a composer from New Zealand who wrote a cello concerto in 2011 that has been recorded by Li-Wei Qin for Naxos.
Harrison, Julius (1885-1963) was an English composer best known for Bredon Hill, a Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra. In the linked review a cello concerto appears in a list of his works but I have been unable to find out any further information about it on the internet.
Hartmann, Emil (1836-1898) was a Danish composer whose 1879 cello concerto has been recorded by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson and Kim Bak Dinitzen for Danacord, Stanimir Todorov for Dacapo, Morten Zeuthen for Classico.
Harvey, Jonathan (1939-2012) was a British composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1990 that has been recorded by Frances-Marie Uitti for Etcetera.
Hasse, Johann Adolph (1699-1783) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in D around 1725 which has been recorded by Jan Vogler for Sony and Alexander Rudin for Chandos Chaconne.
Haydn, Joseph (1732-1809) may have written as many as four cello concertos although the third is lost. Also the authenticity of the fourth is disputed, and in the Petrucci Music Library this work is now attributed to Giovanni Battista Costanzi (1704-1778). Haydn also wrote a series of sinfonias for cello and basso continuo. The history of both the first in C and second in D is chequered, the score of the former having only turned up in 1961 and the latter’s authenticity being in doubt until the autograph surfaced in 1953. Both are substantial three movement works written for Esterházy court orchestra cellists, the first for Joseph Franz Weigl in the early 1760s and the second for Antonín Kraft in 1783. The first and second have been recorded and paired on disc many times. The list on modern instruments includes Jacqueline du Pré for EMI in 1967, Mstislav Rostropovich EMI in 1975, Maria Kliegel for Naxos in 2000 (this record also includes the disputed fourth concerto) and Natalie Clein whose performances released on Oehms in 2020 were made live. For period instruments, one could turn to Christophe Coin (L’Oiseau-Lyre, 1982), Daniel Müller-Schott (Orfeo, 2001) or Gautier Capuçon (Virgin Classics, 2002). But there are many more recordings available and there is an index of reviews on MusicWeb International here. Some of Haydn’s symphonies (Nos. 13, 31 and 36) have significant solo cello parts and been called Sinfonias con Violoncello Obbligato. These works have recently been brought together on a single disc played and conducted by Christophe Coin.
Haydn, Michael (1737-1806), brother of Joseph, wrote a cello concerto around 1800 which has been recorded by Jan Vogler for Sony.
Hedwall, Lennart (b. 1932) is a Swedish composer who wrote a concerto for cello and strings in 1970 that has been recorded by for Chrichan Larson for Phono Suecia.
Hegar, Friedrich (1841-1927) was a Swiss composer and founding conductor of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. He wrote a cello concerto that was published in 1919.
Heininen, Paavo (b. 1938) is a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1985 that appears to be unrecorded.
Helbig, Sven (b.1968) is a German composer who contributed the second movement to the 2019 cello concerto Three Continents that has been recorded by Jan Vogler for Sony.
Helsted, Gustav (1857-1924) was a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1919 that has been recorded by Henrik Dam Thomsen for Danacord.
Herbert, Victor (1859-1924) was an American cellist and composer who wrote two cello concertos: No.1 dates from 1882 and No.2 from 1894. Both have been recorded by Mark Kosower for Naxos and Lynn Harrell on Decca Eloquence. Several other recordings of No.2 have also been made.
Hermann, Paul (1902-1944) was a Hungarian cellist who wrote a one movement, perhaps unfinished, cello concerto in 1925. This has been recorded by Clive Greensmith with piano accompaniment for Etcetera.
Hersant, Philippe (b.1948) is a French composer who has written two cello concertos. No.1 dates from 1989 and has been recorded by Siegfried Palm for Harmonia Mundi. No.2 dates from 1997 and has been recorded by Cyrille Tricoire for Accord.
Hertel, Johann Wilhelm (1727-1789) was a German composer who wrote two cello concertos in 1755 and 1759 that have been recorded by Alexander Rudin for Chandos Chaconne.
Hickey, Sean (b.1970) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2008 that has been recorded by Dmitry Kouzov for Delos.
Hindemith, Paul (1895-1963) was a German composer who wrote two cello concertos, the first in 1916 and the second in 1940. Hindemith also wrote his Kammermusik No.3 in 1925 for obbligato cello and ten solo instruments. David Geringas has recorded all three works on a single disc for cpo. The second was recorded in 1975 by János Starker for Hänssler (also on SWR) and more recent recordings of this work include Raphael Wallfisch for Chandos and Christian Poltéra for BIS. Hindemith’s Trauermusik for cello (originally for viola) and strings has also been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Nimbus.
Hirose, Ryōhei (1930-2008) was a Japanese composer who wrote a cello concerto called Triste in 1971 that has been recorded by Ryōsuke Hori for Victor and Ko Iwasaki for EMI.
Hlobil, Emil (1901-1987) was a Czech composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1983 that was recorded by Jaroslav Chovanec on LP for Panton. This can be heard on YouTube.
Ho, Vincent (b.1975) is a Canadian composer who wrote a four movement concerto for amplified cello and orchestra called City Suite for Shauna Rolston in 2011. This can be heard in the Soundcloud via this link. He has also written Three Warriors - a concerto for cello trio and strings. This dates from 2014 and can be heard via this link.
Hofmann, Leopold (1738-1793) was an Austrian composer who is thought to have written at least seven cello concertos. Four have been recorded by Tim Hugh for Naxos. Sol Gabetta has also recorded one of those four.
Hofmann, Heinrich (1842-1902) was a German composer and pianist who wrote a cello concerto which was first published in 1875.
Holbrooke, Joseph (1878-1958) was an English composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Cambrian in 1936. This has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Dutton Epoch.
Holmboe, Vagn (1909-1996) was a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1974 which has been recorded by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson for BIS.
Holzbauer, Ignaz (1711-1783) was a member of the Mannheim school of composers. In around 1780 he published a cello concerto in A.
Honegger, Arthur (1892-1995) was a Swiss composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1929. Recordings by Mstislav Rostropovich for Erato, Johannes Moser for Hänssler, Alban Gerhardt for Hyperion and Christian Poltéra for BIS have been reviewed on MusicWeb International.
Hosokawa, Toshio (b.1955) is a Japanese composer who wrote a cello concerto in memory of Toru Takemitsu in 1997 that has been recorded by Rohan de Saram for Neos. He has also written two other works for cello and orchestra - Chant in 2009 and Sublimation in 2016. The former has been recorded by Anssi Karttunen for Naxos. The latter does not appear to have been recorded yet.
Hove, Luc van (b.1957) is a Belgian composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber ensemble in 1998.
Hovhaness, Alan (1911-2000) was an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1936 that was recorded by János Starker for Naxos in 1999. He also wrote Nagooran, originally for South Indian orchestra but then arranged for cello, timpani and four percussion in 1964. This has been recorded by Christina Gullens for Albany.
Hovunts, Gagik (or Ovunts) (1930-2019) was an Armenian composer who wrote a cello concerto The Harmony of Sound in 1976. It is unclear to me whether or not the Concert Invention for cello and orchestra from the same year listed in the first linked page above is the same work.
Howells, Herbert (1892-1983) was an English composer who began a cello concerto in 1933 but never finished it. A completion was eventually made in 2014 by Christopher Palmer and Jonathan Clinch. This has been recorded by Alice Neary for Dutton Epoch and Guy Johnston for King’s College.
Hristoskov, Peter (1917-2007) is a Bulgarian composer who wrote a cello concerto-poem in 1973 which was recorded by Anatoli Krustev for Balkanton.
Hristov, Dimiter (1933-2017) was a Bulgarian composer who composed a cello concerto in 1970 for Zdravko Yordanov who recorded it for Balkanton.
Hsiao, Tyzen (1938-2015) was a Taiwanese composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1990 that has been recorded by Kiril Rodin for Angelok1.
Hubeau, Jean (1917-1992) was a French pianist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1942.
Huebner, Gregor (b.1967) is a German violinist, pianist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2008 that has been recorded by Mike Block for Neuklang.
Husa, Karel (1921-2016) was a Czech-American composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 1988 that has been recorded by Paul York for Ablaze.
Huszár, Lajos (b.1948) is a Hungarian composer who wrote a chamber concerto for cello and 17 strings in 1987 that has been recorded by Katalin Sin for Hungaroton.
Hvoslef, Ketil (b.1939) is a Norwegian composer (and the son of Harald Sćverud) who wrote two cello concertos. The first dates from 1976 and was recorded by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson for Danacord. The second dates from and 1991 appears to be unrecorded.
Ibarra Groth, Federico (b.1946) is a Mexican composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1989 that has been recorded by Carlos Prieto for Urtext.
Ibert, Jacques (1890-1962) was a French composer wrote a concerto for cello and winds in 1925. This has been recorded by Jacqueline due Pré for BBC Legends, Torleif Thedéen for BIS, Christoph Heesch for Genuin, Henri Demarquette for Timpani and others, notably André Navarra.
Ichmouratov, Airat (b.1973) is a Russian born composer based in Canada who has written two cello concertos. The first dates from 2009 and is for cello, string orchestra and percussion. The second is from 2018 and has full orchestral accompaniment. Excerpts from both works can be heard on YouTube via the above link. In 2010 Ichmouratov wrote two other works for cello and orchestra: Capriccio Rustico and The Ride of Cello Vello Buffon. The latter can be heard on YouTube played by Stéphane Tétreault.
Ikebe, Shin'ichirō (b.1943) is a Japanese composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Almost a tree in 1996 which has been recorded by Kaeko Mukoyama for Camerata.
Ioachimescu, Călin (b.1949) is a Romanian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2002. This can be heard on YouTube played by Mircea Marian.
Israelyan, Martun (b.1938) is an Armenian composer who wrote a concerto for cello and 16 strings in 1983. This was recorded on LP by David Grigorian for Melodiya and this can be heard on You Tube.
Ivanov, Georgi (1927-2010) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1977. This can be heard on YouTube played by Stanislav Ovchinnikov.
Ivanovs, Jānis (1906-1983) was a Latvian composer whose cello concerto from 1938 has been recorded by Mâris Villerušs on Campion Cameo.

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