The present great popularity of the Elgar Cello Concerto is due in large measure to the performances and recordings of the legendary cellist, Jacqueline du Pre (1945-1987). du Pre was a child prodigy. She was introduced to the Elgar concerto at the age of 13 by her teacher, William Pleeth. She memorized the concerto in four days, and according to Pleeth already performed it "almost impeccably." du Pre gave her recital debut at Wigmore Hall in 1961 and became an instant sensation in England.