Margit van der Zwan

Artist and Cellist


Live sessions – coaching – recordings – events – theatre – TV- radio

When I am not painting or illustrating I can be found performing as a professional cellist. In fact, I feel as much at home in my artist studio with my brushes as I do on stage or in a recording studio playing the cello.

During my music career I have been fortunate to play at incredible venues (for example the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury main stage, Abbey Road Studios, Wembley Stadium, on TV and radio) meeting wonderful musicians along the way: Emeli Sande, Jools Holland, Elbow, Snow Patrol, Roy Wood, the Cinematic Orchestra and many more.

My freelance work has led to many interesting and varied opportunities, e.g. touring and recording with bands, performing in schools with the books I have written, and theatre work such as Cabaret (dir. Sam Mendes), The Prince & the Pauper (New Vic Theatre), MD at The Queen’s Theatre London. I am also involved with several charities (Music in Hospitals, Lime Arts, High Peak Community Arts) and ensembles (Cupid’s Bow cello duo, Duo Bellatando). Most recently I worked as a Music Coach on Get Even (BBC).

Listen here:
White Van (written and performed by Margit van der Zwan)

The World (written and performed by Margit van der Zwan)

Hearts, Hearts (written and performed by Margit van der Zwan)

Radio interview

Harp & Cello Duo music

Cello Duo music

Lady Bird Music (Jagger/Gladwin/Van der Zwan) – vocals/cello