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Tanya Haden

About Tanya Haden

Los Angeles-based cellist as well as artist and singer who performed alongside her triplet sisters in a group called the Haden Triplets. She previously performed in several other bands, including one called Let s Go Sailing, and created the Imaginary Bear puppet show.

Early life

She graduated with a Master s of Fine Arts with a major in Experimental Animation from California Institute of the Arts.


She performs the cello as an additional member of the Silversun Pickups and was featured on the band s EP Pikul. She has also played with the indie folk band Sea Wolf and the rock band The Warlocks.

Family of Tanya Haden

She and her husband Jack Black have sons named Samuel Haden Black and Thomas David Black. As The Haden Triplets, she played the cello, Rachel played the bass, and Petra played the violin. She has a brother Josh who is a bassist and singer as well for the band Spain.

Close associates of Tanya Haden

Her father is jazz double bassist Charlie Haden.

Jacqueline Du Pre

About Jacqueline Du Pre

Acclaimed cellist who was most well known for her association with Elgar s Cello Concerto in E Minor and who has performed with numerous orchestras including the London Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Early life

She started playing at a young age after she heard a cello on the radio and told her mother she wanted one. In 1960, after winning several local competitions, she won the Gold Medal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


She was the subject of the 1998 film Hilary and Jackie which was received with controversy due to allegations of stretching the truth of her private life.

Family of Jacqueline Du Pre

She was married to Daniel Barenboim from 1967 until her death. She passed away from multiple sclerosis.

Close associates of Jacqueline Du Pre

She performed under composer Leonard Bernstein.

Francoise Groben

About Francoise Groben

Luxembourg-born cellist who became known for her work with the Leningrad Philharmonic and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

Early life

She studied under Georges Mallach at the Luxembourg Conservatory.


She died at the young age of forty-five.

Family of Francoise Groben

Her family lived in Luxembourg City at the time of her birth.

Close associates of Francoise Groben

She and Sarajevo-born cellist Vedran Smailovic were musical contemporaries.

Alisa Weilerstein

About Alisa Weilerstein

A MacArthur Genius Grant-winning classical cellist, she is notable for her Leonard Bernstein Prize-winning performance at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, as well as for her Caramoor International Music Festival performance of composer Lera Auerbach s 24 Preludes for Cello and Piano.

Early life

She began training as a cellist when she was just four years old and made her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of thirteen.


She earned an undergraduate degree in Russian history from New York City s Columbia University.

Family of Alisa Weilerstein

She is the daughter of pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein and Cleveland Quartet violinist Donald Weilerstein and the sister of conductor and violinist Joshua Weilerstein. She and her parents formed the Boston-based Weilerstein Trio.

Close associates of Alisa Weilerstein

She champions and frequently performs the work of Grammy-winning contemporary classical composer Osvaldo Golijov.

Yo-Yo Ma

About Yo-Yo Ma

Classical cellist who made his career by following his fascination with the music of various cultures and the ways that music can be blended together.

Early life

He wanted to play the double bass because he liked the size of the instrument, but chose the cello as a compromise between the viola, which he had previously learned to play.


He won several Grammy Awards, was honored with the National Medal of Arts in 2001, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

Family of Yo-Yo Ma

He had two children with German language instructor Jill Hornor, whom he married in 1978

Close associates of Yo-Yo Ma

He performed for Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy at age seven.

Max Lilja

About Max Lilja

Known best as one of the founding members of a symphonic metal quartet called Apocalyptica, this Finnish cellist also performed with a heavy metal band called Hevein. He recorded his debut solo album, Plays Electronica By One Cello, in 2013.

Early life

He began playing the cello when he was just seven years old and went on to train at the Sibelius Academy, where he was appointed first cellist in the school s orchestra.


His albums with Apocalyptica include Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, Cult, and Inquisition Symphony.

Family of Max Lilja

He grew up in Vantaa and Helsinki, Finland.

Close associates of Max Lilja

He and fellow cellist Perttu Kivilaakso both performed with Apocalyptica.