Ilse de Ziah is a multi-faceted, cross-genre cellist, performing and composing music informed by her heritage. She is an improviser and plays Irish, rock, jazz, heavy metal, pop, folk, classical, sound art, and contemporary music.

Every June Ilse holds an Irish Cello Retreat in the beautiful sea side town of Garryvoe in East Cork. Next years dates 21 – 24 June 2021. 

 Irish Cello Retreat

Ilse teaches Irish music through two magnificent online courses; Trad on Cello and Irish Airs for Solo Cello.

The clarity and detail of Ilse’s instruction is top notch. It is not just about the right notes and bowings but how to harness your instrument to create that haunting emotion that airs are known for”

 Irish Cello Lessons

As an award winning filmmaker, Ilse’s Irish music documentary Living the Tradition, an Enchanting Journey into Old Irish Airs, follows her journey around Ireland with her cello. It can be viewed on Amazon Prime – Living the Tradition Film 

“Nowhere else can you find the stories of such stirring music told better than by this amazing cellist and this astounding filmmaker.” Tradconnect

Visit Play Cello Music Store to join the mailing list and to get special offers on digital downloads of her beautiful solo cello arrangements and compositions including Irish Airs for Solo Cello, Sacred Irish Music for Solo Cello, Easy Irish Cello, Trad on Cello, Wedding Music for Solo Cello, and her renowned composition Solace in Darkness;

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“cleverly modern arrangements can only be seen as a ray of light after the storm cloud that has been over our native songs” Goldenplec 

“a gem glistening with grace and sparkle” Munster Express