Cellissimo! is Gareth John and Alison MacDonald – the past and current principal cellists of Aberdeen Sinfonietta and playing partners in many enjoyable performances and, after playing at the Gamrie Creatives Festival, this is the second time they will have collaborated as a duo. Their programme is an eclectic mix of music written for cello duo and arrangements of music as diverse as Piazzolla’s tangos and the Super Mario Bros computer game all introduced in their own inimitable style.
Having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Distinction in Performance and winning the Birdie Warshaw prize, Gareth later studied conducting and, among others, has conducted within the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland, the North Wales Youth Orchestra, Aberdeen Sinfonietta and a TV special for S4C. He is conductor of Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra with whom he conducted a memorable performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony in the Music Hall.
Gareth regularly appears in recital, as concerto soloist and has recorded for BBC Radio 3. He was, until recently, principal cello with Aberdeen Sinfonietta and plays with the Heller and Aurora Quartets. He recently performed all Bach Suites for Solo Cello at the Gamrie Creatives Festival.
Alison studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Having freelanced in Wales for 10 years, playing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales amongst others, she moved to Aberdeenshire in 2005. She is currently principal cello of the Aberdeen Sinfonietta and Aberdeen Chamber Players, and well known to audiences at Aden.