Erlend Vestby

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About Erlend

Professional solo cellist for any event.
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Norwegian cellist Erlend Vestby graduated from the Royal College of Music (RCM) in 2019 where he was an Anglo-Norse Award holder. He studied modern cello with Jakob Kullberg and baroque cello with Richard Tunnicliffe and works professionally on both instruments. Erlend is in high demand as a chamber musician performing with small ensembles and chamber orchestras such as the British Sinfonia, Brandenburg Sinfonia and Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, Orchestra Nova, Piccadilly Sinfonietta and Ensemble OrQuesta. As a soloist, he enjoys giving solo recitals where the music of Bach is usually present. He has performed in venues such as St John’s Smith Square, V&A Museum, the Classic FM Christmas Concert 2022, and recently at the Dart Music Festival in Darthmouth where he will reappear in May 2024. Erlend is a Southbank Sinfonia alumnus (2020-2022), on the extras list for the Norwegian Radio and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras, and he enjoyed the experience scheme of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment last year. Erlend’s versatile musicality makes him not only a performer, but also a composer, teacher, and a keen researcher on early 18th and early 20th century performance practices where the music of Bach and Elgar stand central. He presents his research in the form of lecture recitals which he has held at for instance the RCM Music & Ideas series and at the London Festival of Baroque Music 2022. He is looking forward to talk and play for the London Mozart Players Friends in September.

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Erlend's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Jack C
6 months ago
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5 out of 5

There is not one thing that I can fault Erlend for in regards to hiring him for a studio session of an original composition I made. Erlend's Playing was absolutely spot on, and it was brilliant to have the live feedback of a clearly very experienced cellist. Communication, Professionalism, and Punctuality were all brilliant. Incredibly satisfied with the end result too.

From other customers:

Hat (
2 years ago

Thank you so much for playing so beautifully last Wednesday. Everyone commented on the glorious music and the quality of the playing. Your cello sounded glorious, deep rich tones without a hint of distress. Thank you so much for performing, you were a huge asset to the day.

Divya (
3 years ago

Thank you for your beautiful music yesterday - everyone commented on how incredible and emotional your live performance made the ceremony!

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Erlend's Song list

E Elgar: Chanson de Matin
E Elgar: Chanson de Nuit
E Elgar: Salut d'amour
M Summer: Julie-o
J.S. Bach: Cello Suites
J.S. Bach: Flute Sonata, BWV 1013
J.S. Bach: Arioso
Scandinavian summer tunes
Ed Sheeran: Photograph
Ed Sheeran: Perfect
C. Saint-Saëns: The Swan
F. Bridge: Spring Song
G. Fauré: Apres un reve
E. Grieg: Ved Rondane
J. Mattheson: Air
H. Purell: Dido's Lament
P. Nørgård: Solo Intimo
P. Nørgård: What! - is the Word
A. Nordheim: Clamavi
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Nocturne
F. Thome: Simple Aveau
E. Vestby: Pictures from the Moor for solo cello
S. Rachmaninov: Vocalise
E. Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe from "The Mission"
E. Morricone: Love theme from "Cinema Paradiso"
E. Morricone: Love theme from "The Legend of 1900"
J. Massenet: Meditation from "Thais"
With piano or organ:
T. Albinoni: Adagio
Elgar: Chanson de Matin
Elgar: Chanson de Nuit
Elgar: Salut d'amour
J.S. Bach: Arioso
C. Saint-Saëns: The Swan
F. Bridge: Spring Song
G. Fauré: Apres un reve
J. Brahms: Piano and cello sonata in e minor
F. Chopin: Sonata
S. Rachmaninov: Sonata
S. Rachmaninov: Vocalise
E. Grieg: Sonata
F. Delius: 5 Songs from the Norwegian
Kodaly: Adagio
J. Mattheson: Air
A. Scriabin: Romance
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Nocturne
P. I. Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale
F. Thome: Simple Aveau
A. Vivaldi: 6 Sonatas
F. Mendelssohn: Song without words
F. Liszt: Liebestraum
F. Schubert: Ständchen
von Paradis: Sicilliene
J. Massenet: Meditation from "Thais"
J. Massenet: Elegie
G. Faure: Elegie

Erlend's 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)£175
Up to 1 hour£225
Up to 2 hours£275
Up to 3 hours£325
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Classical cello or baroque cello

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know

How much time do you need to set up?

I only need 10 minutes in most cases. For a solo concert of 1hr and longer I aim for 1hr so I can familiarise myself with the acoustics of the space.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. The only thing I require from you is an armless chair and shade (if performing outdoor).

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

If a song isn't included in my song list there may still be a chance I already know it. If there is a special song you'd like me to learn I am happy to do this for you. If, however, I need to write an arrangement for solo cello, there will be an extra fee. Please see my add-ons for this.
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