Modern Instrument Invented
Early to Mid-1500s
- Cello is a shortened form of the Italian word violoncello, which means ‘small large violin.’
- A musician who plays the cello is commonly called a cellist.
- A cello has a metal pin on the bottom. This is adjustable so a cellist can move the cello to the appropriate height to be played.
- The oldest cello known to be made is in a museum in South Dakota!
Famous Orchestral Works Featuring the Cello
Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
Watch Columbus Symphony Principal Cellist Luis Biava introduce the cello!
Hear Columbus Symphony Assistant Principal Cellist Wendy Morton play an orchestral excerpt!
Upcoming Columbus Symphony Concerts Featuring the Cello