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Rita Moutinho

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About Rita

Portuguese cellist based in London. I do a little bit of everything, from solo to chamber music and orchestral work.

Born in Porto, Portugal; Rita started her musical studies at the age of ten and developed a lot in the three year long professional course at ARTAVE, in the class of Pétia Samardjieva. She then finished the course in 2018, and was offered a place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London) in the class of Stefan Popov. Rita has performed solo and chamber music performances in some of the most prestigious halls in Porto, Santo Tirso and Lisbon, has been invited to participate in several masterclasses and had the opportunity to work with many renowed maestros as a member of the Orquestra ARTAVE and Orquestra APROARTE.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
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Encore awards
2nd Encoreversary
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Film / TV music, Opera, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical
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Event types:
Church service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Singing teaching
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Song list

It's not easy to put music together in a single list, because most of it is music that can definitely be learned for specific occasions, but here are some:
J.S. Bach - Suite no,1 for Unaccompanied Cello
J.S. Bach - Prelude from Suite no.2 for Unaccompanied Cello
J.S. Bach - Sarabande from Suite no.2 for Unaccompanied Cello
J.S. Bach - Prelude from Suite no.3 for Unaccompanied Cello
J.S. Bach - Gigue from Suite no.3 for Unaccompanied Cello
J.S. Bach - Sarabande from Suite no.5 for Unaccompanied Cello
J.S. Bach - Gigue from Suite no.5 for Unaccompanied Cello
C. Saint-Saens - The Swan
F. Schubert - Ave Maria
G. Fauré - Après un rêve
J.S. Bach - Air on the G String
C. Saint-Saens - Cello Concerto in A minor
L. Boccherini - Cello Sonata no 6
E. Lalo - Cello Concerto in D minor
J. Haydn - Cello Concerto in C Major
J. Brahms - Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor
D. Popper - Polonaise de Concert
E. Elgar - Cello Concerto in E minor
D. Popper - Hungarian Rhapsody
G. Cassadó - Prelude from the Solo Cello Suite
J. Haydn - Cello Concerto no.1 in C Major
J. Braga Santos - Ária no. I for cello and piano
Any ensemble music you'd like - quartets, duets, all kinds of chamber music
Any popular music you'd request, with or without ensemble
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Not really, since I mostly play solo. If requested i a group, this can be arranged.

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

Let me know with time, and I will always try my best to be flexible and approach the situation the best I can.

How much time do you need to set up?

45 minutes

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

Yes, and also feel free to discuss personal requests with me.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I bring my instrument to play acoustically.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

With the right amount of time, yes.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I would say the most relevant feedback I get is that my performances are always very unique.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Casa da Música, Coliseu, Palácio de Cristal (Porto, Portugal), Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, Portugal), Fundação Cupertino Miranda (Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal), Fundação Castro Alves (Vila das Aves, Portugal), among other.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Jacqueline du Pré and Mstislav Rostropovich are definitely my biggest inspiration, although I also feel very inspired from listening to Steven Isserlis and Alisa Weilerstein, among others.

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

Most projects I work on are big orchestra ones or smaller ones in smaller stages, so I can't really say which one was the most high profile.


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£25
Up to 1 hour£95
Up to 2 hours£150
Up to 3 hours£225


From customers:

Mélanie (, 3 years ago

"[Rita] acquired a sensibility to music that makes her performances unique."

Stefan (, 2 years ago

“Very good, temperamental cellist.”