Margit van der Zwan : 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 the stage in the recording studio playing the cello.
During my cello 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.
As well as performing in ensembles (Cupid’s Bow cello duo, Duo Bellatando) I am involved with several charities (Music in Hospitals, Lime Arts, High Peak Community Arts). My freelance work has led to hugely interesting and varied opportunities, e.g. touring with bands, performing in schools with books I’ve illustrated; recording/composing; actor/musician in Cabaret dir. Sam Mendes; actor/musician in The Prince & the Pauper – New Vic Theatre; MD at The Queen’s Theatre London.