Heartsongs Cello Productions

Session Cellist + Arranger

5 Reviews (1 Verified)
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I've recorded, performed and taught cello in 5 countries for live audiences, symphonies and acclaimed artists. With over 25 years industry experience, I produce world-class results in very little time and I provide my creative services with a smile. My sound is rich, emotive and sophisticated and the sky's the limit when it comes to technique.

My music career is shaped in large part by learning and growing through collaborations with others.

I do:

cello performance
arrangements and
alternative sound therapies.

Text documents, sheet music and other media are available to clients digitally, streamed, or handwritten in ink.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.


AllMusic verified credits for Alison Sharkey
  • Allyson Seconds
  • Sea of Bees
  • Sal Valentino
  • An Angle
  • Allyson Seconds
  • Three Minute Tease
  • Three Minute Tease
  • Kevin Seconds
  • Anton Barbeau
  • Kevin Seconds
  • Reggie Ginn
  • Anton Barbeau

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Dennis C.

    Ms Sharkey was a huge success for our hosted party; her selections and play were first rate.

  2. Review by David Houston
    by David Houston

    I’ve work with Alison for many years now, she is a wonderful musician. She has great tone and pitch. And she can be intuitive or technical depending on what the situation calls for.
    I remember she was doing string arrangements for a Beatle tribute and “She’s Leaving Home”, was most excellent. I would highly recommend Alison for any of your musical needs.

  3. Review by Wesley D.

    I own and operate a mixed use art gallery and performance venue. We have worked with Alison multiple times on both formal events and experimental arts events. She is innovative and open to collaborations. She has a wonderful touch on the cello and I would absolutely hire her again!

  4. Review by Anton Barbeau

    I've had Alison play on many of my recordings over the years, and I've done a number of gigs with her. She's highly skilled, intuitive, creative and quick. It's easy to see why she's been hired for all sorts of musical work. Her range of styles is impressive - she can do symphony work one day and edgy, oddball indie pop the next. She loves music, has an open mind and open ears and her contributions always demonstrate this.

  5. Review by George Sarah
    by George Sarah

    My name is George Sarah. I am a composer from Los Angeles. I had a concert at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento and I hired a local string quartet and choir. I was fortunate enough to have Alison perform, she not only helped with securing a rehearsal space which went above and beyond but also performed flawlessly and beautifully the night of the concert! She was early & worked patiently throughout all the technical issues during soundcheck. A true superstar & gifted cellist.

Interview with Heartsongs Cello Productions

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I am based in Sacramento, California. My recording studio is comprised of a myriad of condenser microphones and sound isolation materials, and I can either send you raw or edited sound files. I can transcribe and/or arrange sheet music (digital and/or paper) for a nominal fee.

  3. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  4. A: I promise to be precise, communicative and transparent in regards to all our written contracts and agreements.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: The opportunity to create something beautiful that didn't exist before, especially in collaboration with a like minded client, is the best part about my job.

  7. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  8. A: Q: Is it heavy? A: Not really. It's mostly hollow.

  9. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  10. A: That pain is required to make great art.

  11. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  12. A: What is the mood or color? Scope? Range? What are the parameters of our collaboration? What are the action dates? Fees and payments? Any special requests or accommodations?

  13. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  14. A: Noise-cancelling headphones, cello, piano, reel to reel and a ham radio.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: My strongest skills are listening, sight reading and melodic improvisation.

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

  18. A: Pure cello resonance, add layers of sonic sophistication, and classically-informed, 100% unique solo cello lines, rhythms, and more.

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

  20. A: I do session recordings and live performances on cello for clients ranging across all musical genres. As a member of AFM and the local musician's union, I perform as a classical artist doing large ensemble work or chamber group collaborations. I also offer remote consultations to selected clientele.

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

  22. A: I usually work on classical music, but check out my All Music credits for my extensive recording history with many of California's most well-known indie pop bands and solo artists.

Alison Sharkey Cello Demo

I was the Performer, Mixing Engineer, Studio in this production

GenresSounds Like
  • Marlboro Festival Orchestra
  • Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York
  • The Cleveland Orchestra
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Yo-Yo Ma;Bobby McFerrin
Gear Highlights
  • 130-year old German hand carved cello
  • contemporary pernambuco wood bow
  • Finale
  • Ableton Live
  • Audacity
  • Logitech Webcam
  • Shure mics
  • Zoom R8 interface
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