The cello is a string instrument known for its soulful, singing, almost human voice like sound, and can be found soloing, in chamber music, or as one of the foundation pieces of a symphony orchestra. A number of players have transformed the cello into the solo voice that it is today. But of them, who is the greatest?
Mstislav Rostropovich is the greatest cellist
Rostropovich was a Russian master, who brought a new technical expertise and musicality to the instrument, and new repertoire into the world.
Mstislav Rostropovich premiered the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Composer Dimitri Shostakovich wrote the concerto for Rostropovich, who committed it to memory in 4 days.
Pablo Casals was a statesman and advocate for peace
Pablo Casals used his musical talents as a platform to address the humanitarian issues of his time. He was bigger than the music he played and connected the peace and joy of music as a way to heal human suffering and injustice.