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Who is the greatest cellist of all time?
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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?

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An amazing performer and as a teacher at Juilliard shaped the next generation of modern cellists.
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His teaching established the modern cello

He taught at Juilliard, Curtis, and Meadowmount, with students like Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. The influence of his thinking and playing is everywhere.

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Many of today's great modern players can trace their lineage back to Leonard Rose. His technique, his approach to playing, interpretation, intonation, fingerings, score editions, and thinking about music and the cello profoundly impact much of modern cello playing. To have influenced a whole generation of players in this way earns him a place as the greatest cellist.

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