My name is Yann, I started to play cello at the age of five and never ceased since then; after obtaining my diploma from the Conservatoire at age sixteen I also began to write, compose, arrange and produce my own songs, some of which can now be found online.

-Cello: My specialty is obviously cello playing and recording, so don't hesitate to contact me if you need some tracks; if you have a written part for me I will gladly follow it but otherwise it's fine, I mostly work without any previous arrangement.

-String ensemble: Should you need a bigger cello ensemble kind of feel, I can also record multiple tracks to get a bigger feeling and beef up the mix a little bit.

-String arrangement: Working both as a cellist and a composer gave me the opportunity to develop my skills as an arranger, meaning that I can also write a set of harmonies, tremolos and/or staccatos to be used in your song, so as to accompany and enhance a melody or emphasize a groove for instance. My education as a cellist allows me to write striking melodies and pretty counterpoints, that's what I do best!

-Male singer: I sing in several bands and use my voice as an instrument in different projects (theatre and films), all the while writing my own songs in both languages (English and French). Songwriter at your disposal if you need one!

-Pop-rock arranger: With many musical productions now officially published I have an experience in arranging catchy, pretty tunes in various styles (from Gainsbourg-like ballad to upbeat pop air). Don't hesitate to check my SoundCloud if you wish to hear more of it and see if that's what you require for your song!

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Acoustic & Electric cellos
  • Zoom H4 digital recorder
  • Fruity Loops Studio 10
  • SoundForge 11
  • Finale 2014...

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of YannCelloSolo

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    Very profesional and fast return!! The track was exactly what i wanted and sounded clean! Thank you

  • Listing_thumb_media8 months agoby Verified Review

    It was a great experience working with Yann. He has been very kind and helpful. His input to our track was great. Highly recommend. Thanks Yann.

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Interview with YannCelloSolo

How would you describe your style?
My first natural impulse when picking up the cello is to play in a romantic fashion with lots of vibrato and emotion, but sometimes I also end up hitting the strings with the back of my bow or plucking them underneath the bridge... It depends on the song!
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Difficult choice... Let's say a supergroup with Mike Patton on vocals, Radiohead as the backing band and Jaz Coleman working on the arrangements?
What type of music do you usually work on?
So far I have worked on genres as diverse as pop-rock, gospel, folk ballads, country, doom metal, experimental jazz and corporate commercials... Each new song is an enriching experience regardless of the genre. The songs I write for myself however are more oriented towards alternative rock with a hint of electro.
What's your strongest skill?
Versatility! Or perhaps my training in both classical and modern music which allows me to grasp the spirit of a song quite rapidly.
What do you bring to a song?
A cello track can easily emphasize the melancholy and sadness inherent to a song. But the instrument itself is very versatile and I am open to new experiences myself! Should your song require a hint of orchestral-like acoustic staccato, or layered harmonies to thicken the mix and enhance the flat sound of synthesizers, or even a full cello quartet to convey an impression of pump (and circumstance...), I will wield my bow according to the spirit of your production.
What's your typical work process?
It takes me roughly an hour to warm up, then on to the recording I guess... If the song requires it I might use comping as well as it allows for more precision in the arrangement.
Tell us about your studio setup.
As of yet my studio consists in a Zoom H4 digital recorder, which offers good results for both cello and vocal takes; it is usually linked to my computer (along with external soundcard, Focusrite Saffire Pro) where I process everything using software such as Fruity Loops, SoundForge or Adobe Audition. To this you can add all my instruments: aside from a powerful acoustic cello my house accomodates a Yinfente electric cello, one Dean Hillsboro Bass and an electric guitar made by the French luthiers from Custom 77.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Yo-Yo Ma obviously, as a cellist he went beyond the traditional frontiers conceived by classically trained musicians. But as a composer and a songwriter my influences are as diverse as Ennio Morricone, Mike Patton, Radiohead, Serge Gainsbourg...
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Usually the client sends me one or several songs with suggestions ranging from extensively annotated sheet music to nothing at all - both are absolutely fine by me! I then proceed to lay down a few tracks, send them back and wait for feedback, though most of the time preliminary work is enough to wrap it up by first shot :)