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Tabachnik, Michel (b.1942) is a Swiss composer and conductor who wrote a concerto for cello and small orchestra called Sumer in 2016 which was premiered by Gautier Capuçon.
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 concerto for cello and strings in 2008 that has been recorded by Kristina Blaumane for ECM. She also wrote On the South Downs for cello and chamber orchestra with choir from 2009, and this has been recorded by Natalie Clein for Regent.
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 Issakadze.
Tal, Josef (1910-2008) was an Israeli composer who wrote a concerto for cello and string orchestra 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 DG. 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 twelve solo cellos and orchestra. 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.
Tan, Su Lian (b.1964) is a Malaysian-born American composer and flautist whose cello concerto Legends of Kintamani was recorded by the dedicatee Darrett Adkins in 2016 for Oberlin. Her website also lists an unpublished cello concerto from 1997.
Tanaka, Karen (b.1961) is a Japanese composer based in the USA who wrote a cello concerto called Urban Prayer in 2004 for Joan Jeanrenaud.
Tanggaard, Svend Erik (b.1942) is a Danish composer who wrote a concerto for cello and strings designated No.1 in 1995.
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 Naïve. 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.
Tann, Hilary (b.1947) is a Welsh-born composer based in the United States who wrote a cello concerto in the form of a soliloquy called Anecdote which was published in 2005 and has been recorded by Ovidiu Marinescu for Navona.
Tansman, Alexandre (1897-1986) was a Polish-born French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1964 that has been recorded by Sebastian Hess for Koch Schwann. He also wrote a Fantaisie for cello and orchestra in 1936.
Tarnopolsky, Vladimir (b.1955) is a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1980. He also wrote ... Le vent des mots qu'il n'a pas dits for cello and orchestra in 1996 and this can be heard on YouTube played by Alexander Ivashkin.
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 DG and a disc with both concertos is available played by Pietro Bosna on Dynamic. The slow movement of the D major has also appeared on its own, for example played by Pablo Casals.
Taubert, Wilhelm (1811-1891) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto which was published in 1870.
Tavares, Mário (1928-2003) was a Brazilian composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 1981. He also wrote Nocturno for cello and orchestra in 1950.
Tchaikovsky, Alexander (b.1946) is a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Six Variations and Theme in 1974.
Tchaikovsky, Boris (1925-1996) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1964. This has been recorded by Victor Simon for Relief, Mstislav Rostropovich for Melodiya and Warner, Ivan Monighetti for Artservice and Valentin Feigin for Albany.
Téllez Oropeza, Roberto (1909-2001) was a Mexican composer who wrote two cello concertos, in 1961 and 1970.
Teppa Abad, Carlos (b.1923) is a Venezuelan composer and cellist who wrote two cello concertos. He also wrote Variaciones sinfónicas for cello and orchestra.
Terényi, Ede (1935-2020) was 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.
Theobald, Jim (b.1950) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1999.
Theofanidis, Christopher (b.1967) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto for Nina Kotova in 2009. She can be heard be heard playing it on YouTube: Part I; Part II; Part III.
Theorin, Håkan (b.1959) is a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2016. A reduced version with strings and timpani accompaniment can be heard on YouTube.
Thieriot, Ferdinand (1838-1919) was a German composer who wrote four cello concertos, the first of which was published in 1915. The second also dates from 1915 and the fourth from 1917.
Thoma, Xaver Paul (b.1953) is a German composer and violist who has written two cello concertos. The first is for cello and string orchestra, dates from 2006, and can be heard on YouTube played by Nikolaus Trieb. His second concerto dates from 2014.
Thomas, Augusta Read (b.1964) is an American composer who has written three cello concertos: No.1 Vigil (1990), No.2 Ritual Incantations (for cello and chamber orchestra, 1999) and No.3 Legend of the Phoenix (2012). The first has been recorded by Norman Fischer for GM Recordings and the second by David Finckel for ArtistLed (now on Nimbus). The third does 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.
Thompson, Waddy (b.1953) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1979.
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 Mørk but does not appear to have been recorded yet. He also wrote a concerto for two cellos and orchestra.
Thorne, Francis (1922-2017) was an American composer who wrote two cello concertos, in 1975 and 1995.
Thorsen, Bente Leiknes (b.1980) is a Norwegian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 3,5 movements called The Making Of in 2017.
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 Karttunen.
Tikka, Kari (b.1946) is a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1983.
Timpson, Michael Sidney (b.1970) is an American composer who wrote a concerto for cello and strings called Voices in 2021.
Tinlin, Alex (b.1977) is a British composer who wrote a concerto for cello and strings.
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 Boris Pergamenschikow for Koch Schwann. It has also been recorded 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, and has been recorded by Ivan Monighetti for Artservice. It was rearranged for orchestra in 1979.
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.
Tjeknavorian, Loris (b.1937) is an Iranian-Armenian composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto that has been recorded by Alexander Chaushian on the composer's own label.
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 composer and conductor 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. Tomasi also wrote Obsessions, sur un rythme de habanera for cello and orchestra in 1927.
Torke, Michael (b.1961) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto called Winter's Tale in 2014 that has been recorded by Julie Albers for Albany. Torke also started on a work for two cellos and orchestra which was to have been premiered in 1993. However, it was not completed in time and does not appear in the list of compositions on the composer's website.
Tortelier, Paul (1914-1990) was a celebrated French cellist and composer who wrote two cello concertos. He also wrote a concerto for two cellos and orchestra.
Toussaint, Eugenio (1954-2011) was a Mexican composer who wrote 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, Bramwell (b.1953) is a British composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 2000.
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.
Trapp, Max (1887-1971) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1935 that can be heard on You Tube played by Eberhard Finke.
Travlos, Michail (b.1950) is a Greek composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1991.
Trede, Yngve Jan (1933-2010) was a German-Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1987.
Treiber, Felix (b.1960) is a German composer who wrote a concerto for cello and string orchestra in 2000 that has been recorded by Alexander Kaschin for Antes Edition.
Trenkner, Werner (1902-1981) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1948.
Trexler, Georg (1903-1979) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1952.
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.
Trowell, Arnold (1887-1966) was a New Zealand cellist and composer who wrote seven cello concertos, the first was published in 1909.
Truhlár, Jan (1928-2007) was a Czech-born Austrian composer who wrote a brief cello concerto that later became a concerto for trombone and orchestra. He also wrote Romanze (premiered in 1949) and Rondo scherzoso for cello and orchestra (1957).
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 Issakadze.
Tsitovich, Vladimir (1931-2012) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1981 that was recorded on LP by Georgy Ginovker for Melodiya (now on Northern Flowers).
Tubin, Eduard (1905-1982) was an Estonian composer whose cello concerto of 1955 was left incomplete. A score of the first movement for cello and piano is available.
Tulev, Toivo (b.1958) is an Estonian composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra called Before in 2006. Bede's Death Song is whispered throughout the whole piece.
Tumševica, Anitra (b.1971) is a Latvian composer who wrote a cello concerto called Saules mūzika (Sun Music) in 2010 that has been recorded by Ēriks Kiršfelds for Skani.
Turnage, Mark-Anthony (b.1960) is an English composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2010 which does not appear to have been recorded but can be heard on 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 1995 that has been recorded by Tomasz Strahl for Acte Préalable.
Ultan, Lloyd (1929-1998) was an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1990.
Underhill, Owen (b.1954) is a Canadian composer who wrote a cello concerto that was recorded in 2016 by Ariel Barnes for Orlando.
Ungherini, Baldassare was an 18th century Italian composer who wrote a cello concerto in G. Very little information about this composer is available on the internet.
Urbanner, Erich (b.1936) is an Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1981.
Uribe Holguín, Guillermo (1880-1971) was a Colombian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1962.
Vaage, Knut (b.1961) is a Norwegian composer who wrote a cello concerto called Relieff in 2021. An excerpt from the premiere can be heard on YouTube played by Amalie Stalheim.
Vacchi, Fabio (b.1949) is an Italian composer who wrote a concerto for cello (or viola) in 2018 which can be heard on YouTube played by Enrico Dindo.
Vajda, János (b.1949) is a Hungarian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2016.
Vaka, Veronique (b.1986) is an Icelandic composer who wrote a cello concerto called Gemæltan in 2020.
Valcárcel, Edgar (1932-2010) was a Peruvian composer who wrote Concierto indio for cello and orchestra in 2004.
Valdambrini, Francesco (1933-2007) was an Italian composer who wrote Cantica concerto for cello and orchestra in 1988.
Válek, Jiří (1923-2005) was a Czech composer who wrote Concerto maestoso for cello and orchestra in 1978.
Vamos, Grace (1898-1992) was an American cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1965. This can be heard on You Tube played by Ariel Witbeck.
Vandini, Antonio (1690-1778) was an Italian cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto that has been recorded by Mario Brunello for Arcana.
Vandor, Ivan (1932-2020) was a Hungarian-born Italian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1991.
Vanhal, Johann Baptist (1739-1813) was a Czech composer who wrote three cello concertos in the period 1785-7. These have been recorded by Péter Szabó for Hungaroton.
Vasilenko, Sergei (1872-1956) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1944.
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 and subtitled Presence. This has been recorded by the dedicatee Sol Gabetta for Sony, and by Anna-Maria Palii for BR Klassik.
Vaubourgoin, Marc (1907-1983) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1932.
Vázquez, Hebert (b.1963) is a Uruguayan-born Mexican composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1995.
Večtomov, Ivan (1902-1981) was a Czech cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto.
Veidl, Theodor (1885-1946) was a German-Czech composer who wrote a cello concerto.
Velásquez, Higinio (1926-2019) was a Mexican composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1977.
Vereno, Klemens (b.1957) is an Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1992. He also wrote a concerto for four cellos and chamber ensemble.
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, and a concerto for two cellos and orchestra.
Vieuxtemps, Henri (1820-1881) was a Belgian violinist who wrote two cello concertos, in 1877 and 1879. They have been paired together on disc by Alban Gerhardt for Hyperion, Wen-Sinn Yang for cpo, Marie Hallynck for Cypres and Heinrich Schiff for EMI.
Vila, Cirilo (1937-2015) was a Chilean composer whose cello concerto from 1967 was left unfinished.
Vilagi, Adam (b.1977) is a Hungarian-born Finnish composer who wrote a concerto for cello and string orchestra in 2012.
Villa-Lobos, Heitor (1887-1959) was a prolific Brazilian composer and cellist 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.
Villani-Côrtes, Edmundo (b.1930) is a Brazilian composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra in 1996. This can be heard on YouTube played by Claudia Feres. A second concerto for cello and strings is not listed in the Sphinx or other catalogues of the composer's music but the third movement Fantasia can be heard on YouTube played by Raïff Dantas Barreto.
Vine, Carl (b.1954) is an Australian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2004. A non-commercial recording of a performance by the dedicatee Steven Isserlis was made. Vine also wrote Inner World for amplified cello and tape in 1994. This has been recorded by Isserlis and David Pereira, and a version of it for cello and chamber orchestra can be heard on YouTube played by Ng Pei-Sian.
Viotti, Giovanni Battista (1755-1824) was an Italian violinist and composer who wrote a cello concerto that has been recorded by Ofra Harnoy for RCA. This can be heard on YouTube.
Virizlay, Mihály (b.1931-2008) was a Hungarian-American composer and cellist who wrote a cello concerto in 1985. He premiered it himself in 1987 and this can be heard on YouTube.
Virtaperko, Olli (b.1973) is a Finnish composer who wrote a concerto for amplified cello and sinfonietta called Romer’s Gap in 2016 that has been recorded by Perttu Kivilaakso for Ondine.
Visconti, Dan (b.1982) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto called Tangle Eye in 2017.
Viski, János (1906-1961) was a Hungarian composer who studied with Kodály. In 1955 he wrote a cello concerto that appears to be unrecorded.
Viskup, Anton (b.1953) is a Slovakian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1985.
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. In the first half of the eighteenth 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 at 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 Naïve which reached disc 3 (of 4 presumably) in 2019.
Vladigerov, Pancho (1899-1978) was a Bulgarian composer who wrote a Concerto fantasy for cello and orchestra in 1948. This has been recorded by Ventseslav Nikolov and issued on Capriccio and Gega New. The former disc also includes his Elegiac romance for cello and orchestra from 1941.
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.
Voegelin, Fritz (b.1943) is a Swiss composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1987.
Vogel, Ernst (1926-1990) was an Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1969 which was played in Vienna by Vladimir Orloff in 1971.
Vogel, Wladimir (1896-1984) was a Russian-born Swiss composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1955.
Vogt, Hans (1911-1992) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1968.
Vogt, Herman (b.1976) is a Norwegian composer who completed a cello concerto in 2021. The premiere is planned for 2022 with a recording to follow.
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 Hänssler 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.
Vuataz, Roger (1898-1988) was a Swiss organist and composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Images poétiques et pathétiques in 1977.
Vuillermoz, Jean (1906-1940) was a French composer who wrote a cello concerto.
Wagenseil, Georg 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.
Wahlberg, Rune (1910-1999) was a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1961 (and revised it in 1974).
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 recast the cello concerto as Movements for cello and orchestra in 2012. Both have been recorded by Dmitry Kouzov for Albany.
Walker, Gwyneth (b.1947) is an American composer who wrote North Country Concerto for cello and orchestra in 1995.
Wallace, Dorian (b.1985) is an American composer who wrote a concerto for cello and string orchestra called Manusa in 2018. The premiere can be heard on SoundCloud played by Nicholas Finch.
Wallach, Joelle (b.1946) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto called Shadow, Sighs and Songs of Longing in 1991. This has been recorded by Robert deMaine for Capstone Records.
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.
Wang Liping (b.1941) is a Chinese composer whose Dream of the Red Chamber for cello and orchestra dates from 2011. This music was originally written in the 1980s for a television adaptation of an ancient masterpiece of Chinese literature. Described as a concerto (and symphonic poem) on ChineseCelloMusic.org, there is a performance by Trey Lee on YouTube which presents the music as a capriccio for cello and orchestra arranged by the cellist and Alfred Wong (it is unclear whether this is the same work). There is also a suite for cello and Chinese orchestra which Trey Lee arranged with Tung Chao-Ming and recorded for Muse Music. Some of the original music has also been arranged as a piano concerto by Gyula Fekete.
Wang Qiang (b.1935) is a Chinese composer who wrote a cello concerto called Gadameilin in 1960. This was recorded on LP by Gao Long for the China Record Company.
Ward, David (b.1941) is a Scottish composer who wrote two cello concertos: No.1 in 1978 and No.2 in 2002. He also wrote Variations for cello and orchestra in 1984. Information from the Scottish Music Centre indicates that recordings of both concertos have been made but they do not appear to have been issued commercially or to be accessible on the internet.
Ward-Steinman, David (1936-2015) was an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1965. This has been recorded by Howard Colf for Fleur de Son.
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. The full orchestral version can be heard on YouTube played by the composer.
Watkins, Huw (b.1976) is a British composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2016 which was premiered by his brother Paul at the BBC Proms that year.
Watson, Stephen (b.1955) is a British composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1999 which has been recorded by Alexander Baillie for Herald.
Wayne, Hayden (b.1949) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto designated No.1 around 1995.
Weber, Carl 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 an Austrian composer who who took American citizenship in 1943. He wrote a cello concerto in 1934 that has been recorded by Raphael Wallfisch for cpo.
Weinberg, Mieczysław (aka Moishe Vainberg) (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 this has also been recorded by Marina Tarasova for Northern Flowers. Weinberg also wrote a Fantasia for cello and orchestra in 1953 which is included on the Wallfisch disc and 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.
Weiss, Manfred (b.1935) is a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1984.
Wellejus, Henning (1919-2002) was a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1978 that has been recorded by Morten 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.
Wengler, Marcel (b.1946) is a Luxembourgish composer and conductor who wrote a cello concerto in 1995.
Wenzel, Hans Jürgen (1939-2009) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1969.
Werner, Sven Erik (b.1937) is a Danish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1980.
Wernick, Richard (b.1934) is an American composer who wrote two cello concertos. The first is for cello and 10 players, dates from 1979, and has been recorded by Barbara Haffner for Bridge and Darrett Adkins for Oberlin. The second dates from 1992 and has full orchestral accompaniment.
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 completed a Concerto Drammatico for cello and orchestra in 1999 (based on an earlier unfinished concerto from the 1960s). This has been recorded by Martin Rummel and is now available on Paladino. The disc also includes his Ballade Hébraïque for cello and orchestra, also from 1999.
White, Donald H. (1921-2016) was an American composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1952.
White, John David (b.1931) is an American cellist and composer who wrote Concerto da camera for cello and orchestra.
Widmer, Ernst (1927-1990) was a Swiss-Brazilian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1968.
Widor, Charles-Marie (1844-1937) was a French organist and composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1878 that has been recorded by Torleif Thedéen for Dutton.
Wilder, Alec (1907-1980) was an American composer who wrote a cello concerto.
Williams, Adrian (b.1956) is a British composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2009. This can be heard on YouTube played by Raphael Wallfisch.
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.
Williencourt, Dominique de (b.1959) is a French cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto called En mémoire tragiquement optimiste in 2013 which he has recorded for Europ & Art. He also wrote Bersabée for cello and string orchestra in 2004 (and has recorded it for the same label), plus a work for three cellos and string orchestra.
Wilms, Johann Wilhelm (1772-1847) was a German-Dutch composer who wrote two cello concertos around 1812 and 1821.
Wilson, Ian (b.1964) is an Irish composer who wrote a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra called Shining forth in 1998.
Wilson, James (1922-2005) was an English-born Irish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1984.
Wilson, Stanley Herbert (1899-1953) was a British composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1936 that was premiered by William Pleeth in a radio broadcast sixteen years later.
Wineberger, Paul (1758-1821) was a German cellist who wrote three cello concertos: in E, E flat and G minor around 1797.
Winkelman, Helena (b.1974) is a Swiss-Dutch composer and violinist who wrote a concerto for cello, string orchestra and timpani called Atlas in 2019. This can be heard on the internet played by Nicolas Altstaedt. She also wrote a work for two cellos and chamber orchestra.
Wirén, Dag (1905-1986) was a Swedish 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.
Witte, Georg Hendrik (1843-1929) was a Dutch composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1877.
Wittinger, Róbert (b.1945) is an Austrian-born German composer who wrote a cello concerto called Riflessioni II in 1987. He also wrote Irreversibilitazione for cello and orchestra in 1967 and this can be heard on YouTube played by Siegfried Palm.
Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno (1876-1948) was an Italian composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled Invocazione in 1943 that has been recorded by Gustav Rivinius for cpo.
Wolfe, Julia (b. 1958) is an American composer who wrote a concerto for cello and orchestra called Wind in my hair in 2018. This can be heard on YouTube performed by Jakob Koranyi.
Wolosoff, Bruce (b.1955) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto that was recorded in 2018 by Sara Sant'Ambrogio for Sebastian.
Wong, Adeline (b.1975) is a Malaysian composer based in Singapore who wrote a cello concerto called Snapshots in 2005. This can be heard on YouTube, presumably performed by Steve Retallick.
Wood, Hugh (1932-2021) was 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 that has been recorded by Florian Arnicans for Toccata.
Woschitka, Franz Xaver (1728-1796) was an Austrian-born German cellist and composer who wrote two cello concertos around 1780.
Woźniak, Franciszek (1932-2009) was a Polish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1969.
Wranitzky, Paul (1756-1808) was a Moravian-Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in C that has been recorded by Chiara Enderle for Sony and Enrico Bronzi for Concerto Classics.
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.
Wysocki, Zdzisław (b.1944) is a Polish-born Austrian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2010.
Xiong Rongli is a Chinese composer who wrote a cello concerto called Motherland in 2012, excerpts from which may be heard on YouTube played by Liwei Qin.
Xu Mengdong (b.1953) is a Chinese composer who wrote a cello concerto. According to ChineseCelloMusic.org this is called Far From and dates from 1994. A work of Xu's for cello and orchestra published in 2000 and called Sound from ancient times seems likely to be same piece. This can be heard on YouTube played by Yi Zhou (where a date of 1994 is given).
Xu Shuya (b.1961) is a Chinese composer based in France who wrote a cello concerto called Suo in 1984.
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.
Yakovlev, Pavel (b.1989) is a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2012 that can be heard on YouTube played by Roman Kiselev.
Yang Jing (b.1963) is a Chinese-Swiss composer who completed a cello concerto called Totentanz in 2020.
Yang Liqing (1942-2013) was a Chinese composer who wrote a cello concerto called Muqam Impression in 2012. This can be heard on YouTube played by Weiping Chen.
Yanov-Yanovsky, Dmitri (b.1963) is an Uzbek composer who completed a cello concerto in 2010 that was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Yaroshevskaya, Ludmila Anatolievna (1906-1975) was a Soviet composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1940.
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.
Yeston, Maury (b.1945) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto which was premiered by Yo-Yo Ma in 1977.
Yli-Salomäki, Aki (b.1972) is a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto called Oi autuus (O Bliss) in 2016. This can be heard on SoundCloud although the cellist is uncredited.
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 Ventsislav Nikolov for Balkanton. It is presumably him who can be heard playing it on YouTube in very poor sound.
Yotsov, Hristo (b.1960) is a Bulgarian composer and jazz musician who wrote a cello concerto in 2017 which can be heard on YouTube played by Anatoli Krastev.
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 (1713-1773) was a Czech violinist, organist and composer who wrote a brief cello concerto in E flat that has been recorded by Robin Michael for Musik Museum.
Zafred, Mario (1922-1987) was an Italian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1956.
Zahab, Roger (b.1957) is an American composer who wrote a cello concerto called American Fields and Geometry: III in 1990.
Zahaikevych, Alla (b.1966) is a Ukrainian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2007. She has also written Venezia for cello and electronics (2008), and a work for three cellos and fifteen strings.
Zamastil, Wolfgang (1981-2017) was an Austrian cellist and composer who wrote a cello concerto called Le mouton enragé in 2002.
Zandonai, Riccardo (1883-1944) was an Italian composer who wrote Concerto Andaluso for cello and orchestra in 1934 and this has been recorded by Stefano Guarino for Tactus. The discs also include Spleen, canto for cello and small orchestra which he wrote in the same year.
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.
Zbinden, Julien-François (1917-2021) was a Swiss composer and jazz pianist who wrote a Concerto breve for cello and orchestra in 1962. This can be heard on YouTube played by Thomas Blees.
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, Ilja (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.
Zellbell, Ferdinand the younger (1719-1780) was a Swedish composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1741 which has been recorded by Åsa Åkerberg for Musica Sveciae.
Zhang, Hao-Fu (b.1952) is a Chinese-born Belgian composer who wrote a cello concerto subtitled The Song From Heaven in 2008. This can be heard on YouTube played by Marie Hallynck. He also wrote Crépuscule for cello and orchestra in 1990.
Zhao Jiping (b.1945) is a Chinese composer who wrote a concerto for cello and traditional Chinese orchestra called Zhuang Zhou's Dream in 2006. This seems likely to be the same work (called The Disillusioned Dream) which has been recorded by Li-Wei Qin on NCPA who can be heard playing it on YouTube.
Zhong Zhiyue is a Chinese composer and musician who wrote a cello concerto called Metaphysical North in 2018. This can be heard on YouTube played by Chee Jun Sian.
Zhou Long (b.1953) is a Chinese-American composer who contributed the third movement called Tipsy Poet to the 2019 multi-composer cello concerto Three Continents that has been recorded by Jan Vogler for Sony.
Zhou Tian (b.1981) is a Chinese-American composer who wrote a cello concerto in four parts called Flowing Sleeves in 2018 that can be seen and heard on YouTube via the above link played by Jian Wang. He also wrote Music for cello and orchestra in 2001.
Zhurbin, Alexander (b.1945) is a Russian composer based in New York since 1990 who wrote a cello concerto called Jerusalem that has been recorded by Alexandre Zagorinsky and may be downloaded from Classical Archives.
Zhurbin, Lev (aka Ljova) (b.1978) is the son of Alexander and in 2019 he wrote Cellostatus, a concerto for cello, string orchestra and percussion. Parts of this work may be heard on YouTube played by the dedicatee Nicholas Finch. He also wrote Cello Loop for cello and string orchestra in 2000.
Zillig, Winfried (1905-1963) was a 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 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.
Zimmermann, Udo (1943-2021) was a German composer who wrote a cello concerto called Lieder von einer Insel in 2009 that has been recorded by Jan Vogler for Neos. He also wrote Dramatische Impression on the death of J.F. Kennedy for cello and orchestra in 1966.
Zinovjev, Sauli (b.1988) is a Finnish composer who wrote a cello concerto called Die Welt - Ein Tor in 2017. This can be heard on YouTube played by Sirja Nironen.
Zivkovic, Djuro (b.1975) is a Serbian-Swedish composer and violinist who wrote a cello concerto called Unceasing Prayers in 2013.
Znosko-Borovsky, Alexander (1908-1983) was a Ukrainian composer who wrote a cello concerto in 1968.
Zolotarev, Vasily (aka Wassili Solotarjow) (1872-1964) was a Russian composer who wrote a cello concerto which was first performed in 1943 and published as a piano reduction in 1963.
Zombola, Péter (b.1983) is a Hungarian composer who wrote a cello concerto called Werther in 2012.
Zuidam, Robert (b.1964) is a Dutch composer who wrote a cello concerto in 2016 which was premiered in 2016 by Ivan Monighetti. A brief video portrait is available on YouTube.
Žuraj, Vito (b.1979) is a Slovenian composer who wrote a cello concerto called Unveiled in 2021.
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 Taaffe (b.1939) is an American composer who 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 M. (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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