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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
 

Tabakov, Emil (b.1947) is a Bulgarian double bassist, conductor and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2006 that has been recorded by Tim Hugh under his baton for Gega New.
Tabakova, Dobrinka (b.1980) is a British/Bulgarian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2008 that has been recorded by Kristina Blaumane for ECM.
Taktakishvili, Otar (1924-1989) was a Georgian composer who wrote two cello concertos - in 1947 and 1977. A performance of the second from that year can be seen and heard on YouTube played by Eldar Issakadz.
Tal, Josef (1910-2008) was an Israeli composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1960 that can be heard on YouTube played by Jonathan Gotlibovitch.
Tamberg, Eino (1930-2010) was an Estonian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2001 that has been recorded by Henry-David Varema for the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra’s own label.
Tan Dun (b.1957) is a Chinese composer who has written a substantial body of work for cello and orchestra including three solo concertos. His first cello concerto from 1994 Yi1 Intercourse of Fire and Water was premiered by Anssi Karttunen but is unrecorded. The next dates from 2000 and is known as the Crouching Tiger Concerto. It does not appear to have been recorded yet but can be heard on You Tube played by Julian Steckel. Then in 2002 he composed a concerto for cello, video and orchestra subtitled The Map that has been recorded by Anssi Karttunen and issued on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon. He also wrote Elegy: Snow In June from 1991 for cello and percussion quartet and this has been recorded by Anssi Karttunen for CRI. Tan Dun’s Symphony 1997 (Heaven Earth Mankind) also contains a cello solo part, and this has been recorded by Yo Yo Ma for Sony. Based on the first movement of this symphony he composed the overture Dragon and Phoenix for cello and orchestra with an optional children’s chorus (1997). In 2004 Tan Dun composed Four Secret Roads of Marco Polo for orchestra and 12 solo cellos. A reduction for cello and orchestra followed in 2006 called Secret Land (which was the original title of the full work). Neither of these appears to have been recorded.
Tanguy, Éric (b.1968) is a French composer who has written two cello concertos, the first dating from 1995 and the second from 2000. Both have been recorded by Anne Gastinel for Naďve. He also wrote In terra pace for cello and orchestra in 2007 and the world premiere of this by Anne Gastinel has also been recorded on Transart.
Tansman, Alexandre (1897-1986) was a Polish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1964 that has been recorded by Sebastian Hess for Koch Schwann.
Tarrodi, Andrea (b.1981) is a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto called Highlands in 2013 that has been recorded by Jakob Koranyi for dB Productions.
Tartini, Giuseppe (1692-1770) was an Italian violinist and composer who wrote two cello concertos - in A and D. The A major has been recorded by Severino Zannerini and the D major by Mstislav Rostropovich, both for Warner. The latter also recorded the A major for Deutsche Grammophon and a disc with both concertos is available played by Pietro Bosna on Dymanic. The slow movement of the D major has also appeared on its own, for example played by Pablo Casals.
Tchaikovsky, Alexander (b.1946) is a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto 6 Variations and a theme in 1974.
Tchaikovsky, Boris (1925-1996) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1964 that has been recorded by Victor Simon for Relief and Mstislav Rostropovich for Melodiya and Warner.
Terényi, Ede (b.1935) is a Romanian composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra subtitled Rapsodia Baroca in 1984 that has been recorded by Peter Szeles for Electrecord - this can be heard on YouTube.
Ter-Osipov, Yuri (1933-1986) was an Azerbaijani composer who wrote two cello concertos. The first dates from 1969 and appears to be unrecorded, the second dates from 1982 and has been recorded by Valentin Feigin for Music Empire.
Thieriot, Ferdinand (1836-1919) was a German composer whose cello concerto No.1 was published in 1915 and can be found the Petrucci Music Library.
Thomas, Augusta Read (b.1964) is an American composer who has written three cello concertos: No.1 Vigil (1990), No.2 Ritual Incantations (1999) and No.3 Legend of the Phoenix (2012). The second has been recorded by David Finckel and reissued on ArtistLed. Her other two cello concertos do not appear to have been recorded yet.
Thommessen, Olav Anton (b.1946) is a Norwegian composer who wrote a miniature concerto for cello and two woodwind quintets called Phantom of Light in 1990. This has been recorded by Natasha Brofsky for Aurora.
Thomson, Virgil (1896-1989) was an American composer and critic who wrote a cello concerto in 1949 which was first recorded by Luigi Silva in 1951 (Naxos Classical Archives). It has since been recorded by Yehuda Hanani for Naxos and Emmanuel Feldman for Albany.
Thoresen, Lasse (b.1949) is a Norwegian composer who wrote a concerto sinfonico for cello and orchestra called Passage through three valleys in 2008. This was premiered by Truls Mřrk but does not appear to have been recorded yet. He also wrote Illuminations, a concerto for two cellos and orchestra in 1990 and this has been recorded by Ĺge Kvalbein and Liv Opdal Eggestad for Aurora.
Thybo, Leif (1922-2001) was a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1959 that has been recorded by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson for Danacord.
Tichý, Vladimír (b.1946) is a Czech composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1977 that was recorded on LP by Miroslav Petráš for Panton – this can be heard on YouTube.
Tiensuu, Jukka (b.1948) is a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Oire in 2014. This can be heard (and the score followed) on YouTube in a performance by Anssi Kartunen.
Tinoco, Luís (b.1969) is a Portuguese composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2017 that has been recorded by Filipe Quaresma for Odradek.
Tishchenko, Boris (1939-2010) was a Russian pianist and composer who wrote two cello concertos. No.1 is for cello, 17 wind instruments, percussion and harmonium, dates from 1963 and has been recorded by Mstislav Rostropovich for Northern Flowers and in an orchestration made by Shostakovich in 1969 by Alexander Ivashkin. No.2 is for solo cello, 48 cellos, 12 double-basses, and percussion, dates from 1969, was rearranged for orchestra in 1979 and appears to be unrecorded.
Tisné, Antoine (1932-1998) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1965 that was premiered by André Navarra in 1969. In that year he also wrote Spectrales for cello and orchestra but the work is unpublished.
Tkalčić, Juro (1877-1957) was a Croatian cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1922 that was recorded on LP by Želijko Švaglic for Jugoton. This can be heard on YouTube played by Branimir Pustički.
Toch, Ernst (1887-1964) was an Austrian composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra in 1925 which has been recorded by Susanne Müller-Hornbach for cpo, Steven Honigberg for Albany, Christoph Heesch for Genuin and Christian Poltéra for Naxos.
Tomasi, Henri (1901-1971) was a French conductor and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1970. An extract played by André Navarra can be heard via the above link to the composer’s website but it does not seem to be part of a commercial recording.
Toussaint, Eugenio (b.1954) is a Mexican composer who has written two cello concertos, dating from 1982 and 1999. The first appears to be unrecorded whilst the second has been recorded by Carlos Prieto for Urtext.
Tovey, Donald (1875-1940) was an English composer who completed a cello concerto in 1933 for Pablo Casals who gave the premiere the following year and later recorded it for Symposium. This is a four movement work lasting 54 minutes, as more recently recorded by Alice Neary for Toccata, and it is possibly the longest cello concerto of all.
Toyama, Yūzō (b.1931) is a Japanese composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 1967 for Mstislav Rostropovich who can be heard playing the premiere on Warner. This is also now available on a single disc.
Tricklir, Jean Balthasar (1750-1813) was a French cellist who wrote 13 cello concertos that have survived. Nos. 3-6 have been recorded by Alexander Rudin for Cello Classics.
Trifunović, Vitomir (1916-2007) was a Serbian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1991 that can be heard on YouTube played by Tešman Živanović.
Tsintsadze, Sulkhan (1925-1991) was a Georgian cellist and composer who wrote three cello concertos. No.1 dates from 1947, No.2 from 1966 and has been recorded by Maximilian Hornung for Myrios. No.3 dates from 1973. The first and third appear to be unrecorded. Tsintsadze also wrote a cello concertino in 1976 which can be heard on the internet played by Eldar Isakadze.
Tsytovich, Vladimir (1931-2012) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1981 that was recorded on LP by Georgi Ginovker for Melodiya (now on Northern Flowers).
Turnage, Mark-Anthony (b.1960) is an English composer wrote a cello concerto in 2010 which does not appear to have been recorded but can be heard in the soundcloud played by Paul Watkins. He also composed Kai for cello and ensemble in 1990 and this has been recorded by Ulrich Heinen for EMI.
Tuukkanen, Kalervo (1909-1979) was a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1946.
Tüür, Erkki-Sven (b.1959) is an Estonian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1996 that has been recorded by David Geringas for ECM.
Twardowski, Romuald (b.1930) is a Polish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1997 that has been recorded by Tomasz Strahl for Acta Préalable.
Underhill, Owen (b.1954) is a Canadian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2016 that has been recorded by Ariel Barnes for Orlando.
Vanhal, Johann Baptist (1739-1813) was a Czech composer who wrote 3 cello concertos in the period 1785-7. These have been recorded by Péter Szabó for Hungaroton.
Vasks, Pēteris (b.1946) is a Latvian composer of two cello concertos. No.1 was completed in 1994 and has been recorded by David Geringas for Conifer and Marko Ylönen for Ondine. No.2 dates from 2012 is for cello and string orchestra subtitled Presence and has been recorded by the dedicatee Sol Gabetta for Sony.
Vasilenko, Sergei (1872-1956) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1944.
Vaubourgoin, Marc (1907-1983) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1932.
Vieru, Anatol (1926-1998) was a Romanian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1962 which has been recorded by Vladimir Orloff for Troubadisc. He also wrote a sinfonia concertante for cello and orchestra in 1987 which has been recorded by Ivan Monighetti for the same label.
Vieuxtemps, Henri (1820-1881) was a Belgian violinist who wrote two cello concertos in 1877 and 1881. They have been paired together on disc by Alban Gerhardt for Hyperion, Wen-Sinn Yang for cpo and Marie Hallynck for Cypres.
Villa-Lobos, Heitor (1887-1959) was a prolific Brazilian composer who wrote two cello concertos: No.1 dating from 1913 and subtitled Grande, and No.2 dating from 1953. Both have been recorded by Ulrich Schmid for MDG and No.2 has been recorded by Andrés Días for Dorian. He also composed a Fantasia for cello and orchestra in 1945 that has been recorded by János Starker for Delos.
Villa-Rojo, Jesús (b.1940) is a Spanish composer who wrote his Concierto 2 for cello and orchestra in 1983 (Concierto 1 is a violin concerto). This has been recorded twice by Asier Polo, for Marco Polo using the original version and in a revised version from 1996 for string orchestra on Naxos.
Virtaperko, Olli (b.1973) is a Finnish composer who wrote a concerto for amplified cello in called Romer’s Gap in 2016 that has been recorded by Perttu Kivilaakso for Ondine.
Viski, János (1906-1961) was a Hungarian composer who studied with Kodály. In 1955 he wrote a cello concerto that appears to be unrecorded.
Vivaldi, Antonio (1678-1741) is thought to have written about 500 concertos including 27 for solo cello (RV398-424) and a concerto for two cellos RV531. In the first half of the eighteen century the cello was a relatively new instrument and Vivaldi appears to be both the first significant composer in the genre and also the most prolific. There is almost no variation in form - all are in three movements with a central slow movement. These works have done fairly well on disc with a least three artists having recorded them all: Ofra Harnoy for RCA, Raphael Wallfisch for Naxos, and Francesco Galligioni - period instrument performances which have been issued in a Brilliant classics box. Christophe Coin is also still making a complete series for Naďve which reached disc 3 (of 4 presumably) in 2019. The Lloyd Webbers have recorded the double concerto on a disc which features five other concertos by the composer arranged for two cellos.
Vlasov, Vladimir (1903-1986) was a Russian composer of two cello concertos, dating from 1963 and 1969. The first has been recorded by Mstislav Rostropovich for Melodiya and has appeared in a Brilliant Classics box. This can be heard on YouTube: Part 1; Part 2. The second concerto appears to be unrecorded.
Vocht, Lodewijk de (1887-1977) was a Belgian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1955 that has been recorded by Roel Dieltiens for Marco Polo.
Volans, Kevin (b.1949) is a South African born Irish composer and pianist who wrote a cello concerto in 1997.
Volkmann, Robert (1815-1883) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in one movement in 1855. This has been recorded by Alban Gerhardt for Hyperion, Daniel Müller-Schott for Orfeo, Peter Bruns for Hännsler and Johannes Wohlmacher for cpo.
Voormolen, Alexander (1895-1980) was a Dutch composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1941.
Vranický, Antonín (aka Anton Wranitzky) (1761-1820) was a Czech violinist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in D minor that has been recorded by Michal Kaňka for Supraphon. He was the half-brother of Paul Wranitzky.
Wagenseil, Christoph (1715-1777) was an Austrian composer of two cello concertos - in A and C. The A major concerto has been recorded several times. Both are paired on a Coviello disc played by Christophe Coin.
Walker, George (1922-2018) was an African-American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1981. The premiere played by Lorne Monroe can be heard on YouTube. He also wrote Dialogus for cello and orchestra in 1976 and Movements for cello and orchestra in 2012. Both have been recorded by Dmitry Kouzov for Albany.
Wallen, Errollyn (b.1958) is a Belize-born British composer. Her concerto for cello and strings dates from 2007 and has been recorded by Matthew Sharp for NMC.
Walsworth, Ivor (1909-1978) was a British composer who wrote a cello concerto that was played by Florence Hooton and broadcast on the BBC in about 1960.
Walton, William (1902-1983) wrote a cello concerto for Gregor Piatigorsky in 1956. He premiered the work the following year and then recorded it soon afterwards. It has since been recorded many times and a list of all reviews on MusicWeb International is available here.
Waterhouse, Graham (b.1962) is an English composer and cellist who wrote a cello concerto in 1995 and rearranged it for chamber orchestra a decade later. It can be heard on YouTube played by the composer.
Weber, Carlo Maria von (1786-1826) was a German composer who wrote a four movement cello concerto subtitled Grand potpourri in 1808. It has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Nimbus.
Weigl, Karl (1881-1949) was a Jewish Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1934 that has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for cpo.
Weinberg, Mieczysław (1919-1996) was a Polish born Soviet composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1948 and revised it in 1956. This has been recorded several times including by Mstislav Rostropovich for Melodiya, Dmitry Khrychov for Northern Flowers, Claes Gunnarsson for Chandos, Nicolas Altstaedt for Channel Classics and Raphael Wallfisch for cpo. The last disc also includes a concertino from 1948 which is an early version of the concerto and the Fantasia for cello and orchestra from 1953. The latter has also been recorded by Claes Gunnarsson for Chandos and Anastasia Kobekina for Claves.
Weingartner, Felix (1863-1942) was an Austrian composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 1916. This can be heard on YouTube played by Werner Tauber.
Wellejus, Henning (1919-2002) was a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1978 that has been recorded by Morton Zeuthen for Dacapo.
Wen, Deqing (b.1958) is a Chinese-Swiss composer who wrote a cello concerto called Shanghai Prelude in 2015 that has been recorded by Bruno Weinmeister for Naxos.
Westergaard, Svend (1922-1988) was a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1962 that has been recorded by Erling Blöndal Bengtsson for Danacord.
Whettam, Graham (1927-2007) was an English composer who wrote a Concerto Drammatico for cello and orchestra in 1999 that has been recorded by Martin Rummel and is now available on Paladino. The disc also includes his Ballade Hebraique for cello and orchestra.
Widor, Charles-Marie (1844-1937) was a French organist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1882 that has been recorded by Torlief Thedéen for Dutton.
Williams, John Towner (b.1932) is an American who is recognised to be one of the greatest composers of film music. In 1994 he wrote a cello concerto which has been recorded by Yo Yo Ma for Sony. The disc also includes his two other works for cello and orchestra: Elegy from 1997 and Heartwood from 2002. A revised version of the concerto was recorded by Robert deMaine and issued on Naxos in 2015.
Williamson, John Ramsden (1929-2015) was an English composer who apparently wrote a cello concerto but I have been unable to find evidence of when it was written or its publication or performance.
Wirén, Dag (1905-1986) was a Norwegian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1936 for Gustav Gröndahl who gave the premiere and made the first recording in 1950 for Caprice. It has since been recorded by Mats Lidström for Phono Suecia and Mats Rondin for Caprice.
Witt, Friedrich (1770-1836) was a German cellist and composer best known for writing the Jena Symphony that was once attributed to Beethoven in his youth. He wrote a cello concerto that can be found in the Petrucci Music Library.
Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno (1876-1948) was an Italian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1943 that has been recorded by Gustav Rivinius for cpo.
Wood, Hugh (b.1932) is a British composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1969 that has been recorded by Moray Welsh for Unicorn (now on NMC).
Woolrich, John (b.1954) is an English composer who wrote a cello concerto in memory of Jo Johnson (a flautist and composer) in 1998. It was first performed by Steven Isserlis in that year.
Wordsworth, William (1908-1988) was an English composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1962.
Wranitzky, Paul (1776-1808) was a Moravian-Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in C that has been recorded by Chiara Enderle and Enrico Bronzi.
Wright, Christopher (b.1954) is a British composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2011. This has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for Lyrita.
Wuorinen, Charles (1938-2020) was an American composer who wrote a chamber concerto for cello and ten instruments in 1963 that has been recorded by Fred Sherry for Music and Arts. In 1975 he wrote a concerto for amplified cello and orchestra called Five that has also been recorded by Fred Sherry, on Albany.
Yagling, Victoria (1946-2011) was a Russian-Finnish cellist who composed three cello concertos in 1975, 1984 and 2001, and recorded the first two for Melodiya and VyCd respectively. Both recordings can be heard on YouTube: the first in two parts: 1, 2 and the second in one. The third is also labelled Symphony Concerto and appears to be unrecorded.
Yanov-Yanovsky, Dmitri (b.1963) is an Uzbek composer who completed a cello concerto in 2010 that was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Yashiro, Akio (1929-1976) was a Japanese composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1960 that was recorded live in that year by Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi for NHK (now on Naxos), and has also been recorded by Ko Iwasaki for EMI.
Yoshimatsu, Takashi (b.1953) is a Japanese composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Centaurus Unit in 2003 that has been recorded by Peter Dixon for Chandos.
Yosifov, Yosko (1911-2001) was a Bulgarian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1950 that was recorded on LP by Vencyslav Nikolov for Balkanton. It is presumably him who can be heard playing it on YouTube in very poor sound.
Yun, Isang (1917-1995) was a Korean composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1976 which has been recently recorded by Matt Haimovitz for Pentatone. It has also been recorded by Siegfried Palm (who gave the premiere) for Camerata and Jens-Peter Maintz for Capriccio.
Yusupov, Benjamin (b.1962) is a Tajik composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2007 for Mischa Maisky who has recorded it for DG.
Zach, Jan (1699-1773) was a Czech violinist, organist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in E flat that has been recorded by Robin Michael for Musik Museum.
Zani, Andrea (1696-1757) was an Italian composer who wrote 12 cello concertos which Martin Rummel has recorded for Capriccio.
Zavaro, Pascal (b.1959) is a French composer who has written two cello concertos. The first dates from 2007 and has been recorded by Henri Demarquette for Intégral. The second is from 2016 called Into the wild and has been recorded by Bruno Philippe for Claves.
Zeisl, Erich (1905-1959) was an Austrian-born American composer who wrote a concerto grosso for cello and orchestra in 1956 which was dedicated to Gregor Piatigorsky. This has been recorded by Antonio Lysy for Yarlung and he can be heard introducing the work on YouTube.
Železný, Lubomír (1925-1979) was a Czech composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1968.
Zeljenka, Ilya (1932-2007) was a Slovakian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2000 that has been recorded by Ján Slávik for Slovenská Filarmónia. He also wrote a concerto for two cellos and string orchestra in 1994.
Zellbell, Ferdinand the younger (1719-1780) was a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1741 which has been recorded by Asa Ĺkerberg for Musica Sveciae.
Zhou Long (b.1953) is a Chinese composer who contributed the third movement to the 2019 cello concerto Three Continents that has been recorded by Jan Vogler for Sony.
Zillig, Winfried (1905-1963) was German composer and conductor who completed a concerto for cello and brass orchestra in 1952.
Zimbalist, Efrem (1889-1985) was a Russian-born American violinist who wrote a wrote a cello concerto in 1969.
Zimmermann, Bernd Alois (1918-1970) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto en forme de 'pas de trois' in 1966 that has been recently recorded by Jan-Filip Ťupa for Cybele. Previously it was recorded by the dedicatee Siegfried Palm for cpo and Heinrich Schiff for Philips. He also wrote Canto di Speranza, a cantata for cello and small orchestra in 1957. This is included on Schiff’s discs and has also been recorded by Lucas Fels for Wergo and Thomas Demenga for ECM.
Znosko-Borovsky, Alexander (1908-1983) was a Ukrainian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1968.
Zwaag, Wim (b.1960) is a Dutch composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2003 subtitled The changing colors in time. This can be heard on YouTube in a piano reduction; the second part is here, both were posted by Bessie Wang who is presumably the cellist.
Zwilich, Ellen Taafe (b.1939) completed a cello concerto in early 2020 that was premiered by Zuill Bailey. Her second symphony from 1985 is subtitled Cello because it highlights the cello section. This has been recorded by the Louisville Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Leighton Smith for First Edition.
Zykan, Otto (1935-2006) was an Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1982 that has been recorded by Heinrich Schiff for Kairos.
Zyman, Samuel (b.1956) is a Mexican composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1990 that has been recorded by Carlos Prieto for Urtext.


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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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