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Allyson Monsanto

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About Allyson

Dominican cellist with +7 years of experience in events. Provides acoustic and electric cello. Can play any musical styles upon request.
Cellist
London

Dominican born, graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Performance and from Middlesex University with an MA in Arts Management. Has been a member of numerous orchestras and international festivals such as the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Berklee in Santo Domingo, Iberoamerican Orchestra, Alfredo Saint Malo Festival and more. This has brought the opportunity to play under great conductors like Gustavo Dudamel, Benjamin Zander, Leonard Slatkin, Ramon Tebar, Darwin Aquino, etc and accompany renowned artists such as Alisa Weilerstein, Edicson Ruiz, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and more. Her most recent work includes recording for the new album of puerto rican’s singer Danny Rivera and playing as a soloist in the first Mozart Caribe Festival. Currently is a member of LAP Music Solutions and an independent cellist for events and concerts such as Il Volo Una Notte Magica Tour.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
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Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Contemporary Christian, Classical, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Baroque, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Renaissance, Opera, Fanfare, Electronic, Ambient, Electro-Swing, Electronica, Techno, Breakbeat, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, Dubstep, EDM, House, Garage, IDM, Ibiza club, Industrial, Jungle, Triphop, Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Gospel, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Americana, Covers, Disco, Funk, Funk rock, Hip Hop, Karaoke, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Rock, Britpop, Glam rock, Classic rock, Alternative rock, Indie, Pop rock, Post rock, Punk rock, Rock 'n' Roll, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Bluegrass, Ceilidh, Country, Folk rock, Irish rock, Rockabilly, Traditional English folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Welsh folk, Avant garde, Easy listening, Experimental, Light music, Marching, Noise music, Originals, Hard rock, World music, Argentinian, Caribbean music, Cuban music, Merengue, Latin, Salsa, Tango, Reggae
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Transcription, Arranger
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Song list

This is just a sample list, I take all song requests:
Canon - Pachelbel
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Wedding March - Mendelssohn
Ave Maria - Bach/Gounod
Ave Maria - Schubert
Arioso - Bach
Vocalise - Rachmaninov
Oblivion - Piazolla
The Swan - Saint Saens
Dance Monkey - Tones and I
Thinkin out loud - Ed Sheeran
Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
Watermelon sugar - Harry Styles
Break My Heart - Dua Lipa
Girls Like You - Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
I Like It - Cardi B
If - Davido
Why I love you - MAJOR
Til death do us part - Brian Nhira
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Secrets - Regard, RAYE
Rolling in the deep- Adele
Someone Someone like you- Adele
Despacito - Luis Fonsi
Hey Jude - Beatles
Vente Paca - Ricky Martin
Sky full of stars - Coldplay
Back to black - Amy Winehouse
Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
Hallelujah - Cohen
Flowers - Nathan Dawe
Marry you- Bruno Mars
Just the way you are - Bruno Mars
Havana - Camila Cabello
Chandelier - Sia
Paradise - Coldplay
Marry Me - Train
Without you- David Guetta
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Shape of you - Ed Sheeran
All of me- John Legend
Moves like Jagger - Maroon 5
Something just like this- Coldplay Closer- chainmokers
Grenade - Bruno mars
Titanium - Sia
Lorde - Royals
A Thousand years - Christina Perri
Viva la Vida - Coldplay
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Beautiful now - Zedd
Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
Rude - Magic
Exs and Ohs - Elle King
Something just like this - Coldplay
Attention - Charlie Puth
Maaaa
Demons - Imagine Dragons
Royals - Lorde
Bésame mucho
Contigo aprendí
My way
The way you look tonight
Autumm Leaves
Fly me to the moon
All of me
La gloria eres tú
Time to say goodbye - Andrea Bocelli
Vivo por ella - Andrea Bocelli
Cuando te beso
No sé tú
Por amor
Solamente una vez
Tú - Juan Luis guerra
Piel canela
Sabor a mi
Somos novios
Stand by me
Me gustas tu
Bachata Rosa
Bésame mucho latin jazz
Tutu - Camilo
Favorito - Camilo
Calma - Pedro Capo
Sabes Enamorarme - Manny Cruz
Jazz
Autumn leaves
Yesterday
The way you look tonight - Michael Bubble
Funny Valentine
Imagine
Garota de Ipanema
Chega de saudade
Yesterday- Beatles
Reggaeton y rock
Cásate conmigo
El farsante
Felices los 4 - Maluma
Robarte un beso
Me rehusó (baby no)
La bicicleta
La flaca - jarabe de palo
De música ligera -soda estéreo Bailando
Hey DJ - CNCO
Rockabye - Clean Bandit
Exs and Ohs -Elle King
Attention - Charlie Puth
Beautiful Now - Zedd
I gotta feeling - The black eyed peas
Love me like you do - Ellie Goulding
Sorry - Justin Bieber
Zero - Imagine Dragons
Bailando - Enrique Iglesias
Subeme la radio - Enrique Iglesias
Me partiste el corazón
Sin pijama - Natti Natasha
Te bote
No me acuerdo
Mi gente - J Balvin
Ariana Grande - The way
Ariana Grande - Problem
Avicii - Addicted to you
Avicii - Hey brother
Billie Eilish - Bad Guy
Billie Eilish - Bury a friend
Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes
Clean Bandit - Dust clears
Clean Bandit – Rather Be
Clean Bandit - Symphony
Elton John - Can you feel the love tonight
Jason Mraz - Iʼm yours
Justin Biber – What Do You Mean?
LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It
Lady Gaga – Shallow
Sam Smith - Stay with me
The Weekend – Can’t Feel My Face
Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit
Jonas Brothers - Sucker
Danny Elfman - The wedding song
What a wonderful world
A Whole New World - FROM ALADDIN
Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - AEORSMITH
Nothing Else Matters - METALLICA
You're Beautiful - JAMES BLUNT
Amazing Grace
Over the Rainbow
Beauty and the Beast Theme – Disney
Elton John - Your Song
Coldplay - God put a smile upon your face
Coldplay - Lovers in Japan
Marshmello - Happier
Marshmello - Friends
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
One Republic - Counting stars
One Republic - Love runs out
Lana Del Rey - Shade of cool
Lana Del Rey - Summertime sadness
Led Zeppelin - All my love
Led Zeppelin - Starway to heaven
Led Zeppelin - Thank you
Lewis Capaldi - Someone You Loved
Lewis Capaldi - Before You Go
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Very unique and versatile. High quality performance and customer service.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

National Theather of the Dom. Rep. Over 50 venues of the Dom. Rep. including the top hotels, chapels and stadiums. Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, 1st Cathedral of the Americas National Theather Teresa Carreno of Venezuela National Theather of Panama Various venues in Stuttgart -Germany, New York, Jamaica and Peru.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Yo-Yo Ma, M. Rostropovich, Julian Lloyd Webber, Apocalyptica, Tina Guo, 2Cellos and more.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Orchestral concerts with Il Volo, soprano Nathalie Peña-Comas, Paloma San Basilio, Marcos Yaroide and more. Classical concerts accompanying soloist like Alisa Weilerstein, Edicson Ruiz, Philippe Quint and more. Conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Benjamin Zander, Carlos Prieto, Leonard Slatkin and more.

Do you have different line-up options?

I can play acoustic and electric cello. Acoustic is very nice for church wedding ceremonies and elegant settings, electric is great for the receptions and parties. But it all comes down to personal preference, both can be used for anything you like.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Just let me know about the changes beforehand, I try my best to adapt to my clients needs.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually set up 1 hour before the event to make sure the PA is properly set and everything runs smoothly.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

My set lists are crafted together with the client to ensure a personalized experience. I can play any requests made with enough time in advance.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I bring my own instruments.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

I can play any requests made with enough time in advance. If the whole set list is thematic with many unusual songs I may charge an extra fee. (Rarely happens)

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£165
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£330
Up to 3 hours£400
Packages
Dinner
1 hour music performance as dinner is being served.
£250
Drinks reception
1 hour performance during your drinks reception
£250
Weddings
Includes music before the ceremony begins, the ceremony and while guest leave.
£280
Dinner
Two performances of up to 45 mins each as dinner is being served.
£330
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£330
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 1 x 50 min performances at the drinks reception. - 1 x 50 min performances as dinner is being served
£500
NEW!Virtual services
Personalised Music Message
Book me to create a unique music video for you to send to a friend as a gift. This could be a birthday message, first dance song for a wedding anniversary, or just your friend's favourite song to cheer them up.
£15
Zoom bomb
I'll jump into your Zoom call and surprise your friends and colleagues with a mix of the top pop songs.
£150
Bespoke music video
I'll produce a unique music video with music of your choosing to gift or use at your own online event.
£180

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 5 New Songs Learned
+£55
Claasical and Electric cello
+£250

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Paula D, 6 months ago

Thank you so much for the incredibly beautiful and invaluable Personal Message Video to celebrate my moms life. Allyson delivered the 2 songs I requested in less than 48 hours and played them beautifully. I I'm Colombian but currently live in Panama and my mom is in Colombia right now. This was the perfect gift during this tough times that I can't travel to celebrate with her!

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Rufino S, 1 year ago

There’s so much of talent in our country, congratulations to @allypmcellist for her presentation during the launch of the robotic arm of my dear friend Dr. Pablo Mateo

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