Ralph Henry Kirshbaum (born April 4, 1946) is an American cellist currently living in England.The rare cello that Ralph Kirshbaum plays was crafted in 1729 by the Italian maker Domenico Montagnana and once belonged to the 19th century virtuoso, Piatti. Ralph Kirshbaum's father was a professional violinist, music educator and conductor; his mother was a harpist. Kirshbaum started cello lessons with his father at age of six. During his career he has performed solos with major orchestras worldwide, won prizes in several international competitions, and recorded extensively.
Pieter Wispelwey (Haarlem, 1962) is a Dutch cello player. In 1992 he was the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, given to the most promising young musician in the Netherlands. In the last decade he has been regarded as one of the leading cello soloists. This was not always so: in his twenties Pieter was considered by some to be both an enfant terrible and was typecast as a baroque cellist by others.
Raphael Wallfisch is a British cellist. Wallfisch was born in London in 1953 into a family of distinguished musicians, his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch and his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, who is one of the last known surviving members of the Girl orchestra of Auschwitz. It quickly became clear in Wallfisch's childhood that he would dedicate his life to the cello, and thus he was provided, from the outset, with the guidance of such teachers as Amaryllis Fleming, Amadeo Baldovino, and Derek Simpson.