Hear my new duo with the virtuosic Ian Date on guitar! January 21st, Majestic Theatre Pomona; For details and to listen to the new album ‘Here & There’ visit De Ziah & Date Website


“I loved listening to ‘Transcendence’, a heavenly, ethereal, other-worldly soundtrack, to sooth the soul, especially in these uncertain times.” Louise Harrison, lmyriad.com

Ilse de Ziah is a multi-faceted, cross-genre cellist, performing and composing music informed by her heritage. She is highly respected for her work developing the solo cello repertoire, especially with Irish music and has won several awards including best spiritual song for her composition Prayer and best documentary for her Irish music film Living the Tradition. She performs and records solo and in collaboration with other artists, and has performed in many theatre productions as actor/musician.

She holds first class honours, Masters in Music from Cork School of Music, is musical director a lively community orchestra; Cork Light Orchestra, a member of the exquisite and experimental Quiet Music Ensemble and teaches chamber music at University College Cork.

Ilse’s award winning film, Irish music documentary Living the Tradition, an Enchanting Journey into Old Irish Airs, follows her journey around Ireland with her cello, playing each air in the place it originated. Along the way she interviews and plays with well know Irish musicians and scholars. On Amazon; 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

Every June Ilse holds an Irish Cello Retreat in the beautiful sea side town of Garryvoe in East Cork. Next years dates 2023 (TBC)

 Irish Cello Retreat

She also 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”

If you want to overcome tension whilst playing for others and be part of a supportive community of cellists, the Cello Club is a great place for this. With all levels of players it has give motivation and inspiration to all who join. For more information visit the club site!

 Irish Cello Lessons

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