As a classically trained orchestral musician, Samira has performed and recorded with the Film Orchestra Babelsberg, the Essen Philharmonic and the NDR Radiophilharmonie. She has toured throughout Europe with the West-Estern Divan Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, and worked in the Malaysian Philharmonic.
Samira studied in Hannover, Münster and Essen, and was a member of the Yehudi Menuhin - Live Music Now program. In 2013 she received a stipend from the Rotary Club Essen to study at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she completed her masters degree in professional performance.
Since moving to Berlin, Samira expanded her playing beyond the classical world to become a versatile and multifaceted musician. Her groups, she plays cello and MissesGOLD, for which she is both a founder and arranger, play music from classical, to covers of pop, jazz standards, and soul.
Samira’s cello playing can be heard on albums released by Universal, with artists such as Mic Donet and Tochter and by Warner Chappell with composer Sebastian Pecznik.
In her collaborations, Samira often has helped develop the string lines with the artist, contributing her own individuality to match the desired style of the music. Her favourite styles include pop, classical, singer-songwriter, avant-garde, chanson and film music.
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Interview with Samira Aly
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: being able to adapt to each style - may it be classical, pop, rock, chanson, tango or film music!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: a warm and rich cello sound
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Remote recording can take place in a medium sized room with wooden floors, or in a dry, soundproof recording booth.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: record single or multi voice cello tracks