French cellist and songwriter

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My name is Yann, I started to play cello at the age of five and never ceased since then; after obtaining my diploma with first class honours from the Conservatoire at age sixteen I also began to write, compose, arrange and produce my own songs. My ten-year experience as a studio musician will definitely be valuable for your project!

-Cello: My specialty is obviously cello playing and recording, so don't hesitate to contact me if you need bespoke cello arrangements; if you have a written part for me I will gladly follow it but if you don't I will work out my own arrangement.

-String ensemble: Should you need a bigger cello ensemble, I can also layer multiple tracks to get a deeper orchestral feel 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 ballads to upbeat pop songs). 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!

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19 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Lo Bellver

    He's the fastest musician I've worked with on SoundBetter. I almost didn't have to give him any instruction. He's so fast he had the song recorded before I sent him the music sheet ;)

  2. Review by Vladimir B.

    Yann provided me with some layered cello parts for our acoustic guitar-based, singer/songwriter type of song. He did a great job and incorporated passion into the tracks, while capturing a really good cello sound. Overall, a great outcome!

  3. Review by Zooey

    Yann is a genius and, if you don't choose him, then I think you are dumb.

  4. Review by Zooey

    Working with Yann was a great experience and he went above and beyond my expectations and was a great communicator in pinning down what I was looking for. Highly, highly recommend.

  5. Review by Nadav C.

    Incredible Cellist. So much emotion through his playing. Revised my project multiple times without any fuss. I would love to work with him again.

  6. Review by Andre Galiano

    I worked a few times now with Yann - he again recorded Cello for a song of mine. Excellent interpretation and a beautiful timbre. Super professional, highly recommended!

  7. Review by 3rdprodigy

    Excellent job.

  8. Review by Brian K.

    Sounds great! Would definitely use Yann again. Thanks so much.

  9. Review by Andrew L.

    Another job well done :-)

  10. Review by Andrew L.

    A great player and really works hard!

  11. Review by Andrew L.

    Yann did a wonderful job!

  12. Review by Andre Galiano

    Yann recorded Cello for 3 tracks of mine and we immediately evolved to 5 in total, due to his very high level of professionalism shown in the very first song. Great performance, pitch, interpretation and he also created some improv parts that were just fantastic. Wonderful musician!

  13. Review by Bar B.

    Yann is a very good cello player he gives you what you need and what you want to hear he is a good listener and a very good heart person !!
    we actually became friends and we worked on few projects and we will work again !!!soon
    MASSIVE THANKS FRIEND!!!once again

  14. Review by Bar B.

    It was a pleasure working with you , thank you so much
    very talented cellist very good sound and a good heart person as well ...
    he gave answers to all of my prblms
    will definitely wrok with him again (soon)

  15. Review by Reynaldo M.

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

  16. Review by Jean-Charles B.

    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.

  17. Review by Vimalan A.

    Yann is a true artist who puts his heart into the job that he does, amazing person to work with. Thank you so much

  18. Review by Vimalan A.

    Yann is an extremely talented cellist who will add more beauty to your song and he's a very nice person to work with.

  19. Review by Matthew C.

    A talented player, very professional to work with and very helpful in giving feedback. Thanks!

Interview with YannCelloSolo

  1. Q: How would you describe your style?

  2. A: 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!

  3. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  4. A: Difficult choice... Let's say a supergroup with Mike Patton on vocals, Radiohead as the backing band and Jaz Coleman working on the arrangements?

  5. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  6. A: 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.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Versatility! Or perhaps my training in both classical and modern music which allows me to grasp the spirit of a song quite rapidly.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: 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.

  11. Q: What's your typical work process?

  12. A: 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.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: 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.

  15. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  16. A: 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...

  17. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  18. A: 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 :)

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GenresSounds Like
  • Damon Albarn
  • Serge Gainsbourg
  • Trent Reznor
Gear Highlights
  • Acoustic & Electric cellos
  • Ribbon microphones
  • Dean Hillsboro bass
  • Telecaster MP Thinline Deluxe
  • Custom 77 The Roxy electric guitar
  • Art & Lutherie acoustic guitar
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24
  • Fruity Loops Studio 20
  • Cubase Pro 10
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