Learn cello in Ireland

April 20, 2018 | Posted in workshops | By

Hi, I hope you are all getting a little spring in your life! Today in East Cork we finally saw the sun and it was magnificent! If you didn’t see it yet, one of the recent rainy days I made this video to describe my upcoming Irish Cello Retreat. Visit Cello.ie for more information.


Irish Cello Retreat

March 12, 2018 | Posted in Events, workshops | By

 Are you ready to take the next step in your cello playing? I am pleased to announce registration is now open for my Irish Cello Retreat.

Treat yourself to a powerful and relaxing retreat with your cello. Through Irish music you will discover the way to bring true ease into your playing and at the same time develop your technique and expand your repertoire.

Give yourself a gift this year and come and enjoy beautiful days in a gorgeous seaside hotel in Ireland while exploring Irish music.

I am very excited about this event. I have been preparing six powerful workshops for you and I look forward to meeting you all. We have a great a place to work, delicious food, and some very special guests.




From Irish Airs to Deep Space – Blackrock, Cork – 22/10/17

September 20, 2017 | Posted in Concerts, Film | By

Eventbrite - From Irish Airs to Deep Space

From Irish Airs to Deep Space
Sunday, October 22, 2017
14:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Castle Road
Blackrock, Cork, Ireland
Other Info
On Sunday afternoon 22nd October a serene event will take place at the Cork Blackrock Castle Observatory, bringing together the magic of Ilse de Ziah's cello playing and the elegant style of Maarten Roos' filmmaking. Two films will be featured, their award winning Irish music film Living the Tradition, followed by the exquisite Serene Universe with live voice over from Ilse de Ziah and music by William Zeitler. Between the films, Ilse will perform live on cello.
For an afternoon delving deep into space and being transformed by the journey From Irish Airs to Deep Space.
All ages welcome.
Living the Tradition, an Enchanting Journey into Old Irish Airs a film by Ilse de Ziah & Maarten Roos had its premiere at the first Midleton Arts Festival and went on to win best feature documentary in the Eerie International Film Festival.
Behind every Irish tune is an ancient tale of love and loss, of history and heroes. Living the Tradition is the journey of cello player and composer Ilse de Ziah around Ireland in a search for undiscovered secrets of ten Irish Airs. Along the way she meets with renowned Irish musicians, scholars and local characters who share with her the history and stories behind the music. Ilse performs each of these intensely beautiful pieces in the settings they were written. Filmmaker Maarten Roos captures the landscapes, the charm of the Irish people and the powerful resonance of the cello, creating a fresh account of Irish music and culture.
"Beautiful in every way. Ilse de Ziah and the artists she interviews plumb the depths of melancholy beauty in each of the ten airs they perform. An outstanding film."
Serene Universe by Maarten Roos is a unique film experience in which images of the cosmos and a beautifully composed soundtrack are intimately intertwined. Starting on our planet Earth, Serene Universe takes you out and into the Solar System, the Galaxy, Deep Space and finally your inner space.
"Beautiful to watch and calming to listen."

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Meditations – Krakow – 01/10/17

September 19, 2017 | Posted in Concerts | By

Sunday, October 1, 2017
13:00 - All Ages Buy Tickets
The Chamber Hall (map)
ICE Krakow Congress Centre
Krakow, Poland
Other Info
Performed by Quiet Music Ensemble
The sad first anniversary of death of Pauline Oliveros, an outstanding and important composer of post-war electronic minimalism and the creator of deep listening practice, will fall in November 2017. Her composition The Mystery Beyond Matter will be performed to the spatial, multi-channel screening and electronic processing of sound. The piece will be performed by Quiet Music Ensemble. Its name speaks for itself, suggesting what kind of experience will be offered. The concert will consist of three parts and will last more than three hours, presenting amplified instrumental (Oliveros) and acoustic (Lucier) minimalism, along with David Toop’s sonorist and onomatopoeic piece and a premiere composition by Rishin Singh who is back to Krakow again). For a change, in-between, the pieces by Jennifer Walshe – energetic, humorous and full of postinternet excess Dordán and An Ghléacht are multimedia compositions, accompanied by synchronised visualisations developed by the composer.


/ 69'
David Toop – night leaves breathing (2009) 20’ [Polish Premiere]
Alvin Lucier – Shadow Lines (2008) 14’ [Polish Premiere]
Rishin Singh – Grisaille no. 1 (2017) 35’ [World Premiere]

*** / 20'

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Jennifer Walshe – Dordán (2013) 35’ [Polish Premiere]
Jennifer Walshe – An Ghléacht (2015) 30’ [Polish Premiere]

*** / 20'

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Pauline Oliveros – The Mystery Beyond Matter (2014) 60’ [Polish Premiere]

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Chilli Jazz 2017 – 22/09/17

September 18, 2017 | Posted in Concerts | By

Chilli Jazz 2017
Friday, September 22, 2017
TBA - All Ages Buy Tickets
Gasthaus Pummer (map)
Heiligenkreuz im Lafnitztal, Obere Hauptstraße 11
Other Info
Chilli Jazz Festival performances from 22nd -24th September

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Marriage d’Amour – New arrangement

September 18, 2017 | Posted in Products, sheet music, Video | By

If you’re like me you’ll be eager to get started on a new party piece for those end of year events!

This week I have completed a new solo cello arrangement of Marriage d’Amour by Paul de Senneville. I am sure you will enjoy playing it. It is passionate and as one of my patrons said, “a strong swirling dance of life”


Speaking of patrons; each video release is being supported by patrons through https://www.patreon.com/ilse

If you would like to support me in making more music do have a look. When I make an arrangement you will be the first to receive it, and are encouraged to give suggestions about what pieces you would like arranged. I find this platform a good way for me to interact with fellow cellists who enjoy my music.

Video of Marriage d’Amour, as usual made in front of my famous Narnia cupboard… from inside it, inspiration flows.

Thank you for listening!


German trip and film release!

August 4, 2017 | Posted in Concerts, festivals, photos, Review, workshops | By

I got back from Germany this week, after a wonderful couple of concerts and a short cello workshop. The first concert was in the Fischereimuseum in Bergheim an der Sieg.

I started the evenings performance with a short version of my film ‘Living the Tradition’. This new version has be re edited by filmmaker Maarten Roos and we are very happy to announce that it is now available on Amazon Prime to rent or watch immediately if you are a subscriber. Have a look here, and if you are very good, and want me to feel warm and fuzzy about you, you can even give a positive review of it and lots of stars!

After the film, I played some new pieces I wrote, and new fishing related ones I learned especially for the concert… I can now say cockles and mussels in German (Herzmuscheln und Meesmuscheln)… maybe you can  guess what I sang with the audiences help!

It was wonderful to have a tour through the history of the brotherhood of fishermen by Dirk Ortmann who is involved in running the museum. He also made everything run smoothly on the night, and took a cool photo afterwards at the lake on a steep incline!

The review sounds good as far as I can tell from my German. I did introduce every song in German, making myself learn and improve!

I also gave an improvisation and Irish music workshop to three cellists from the Bonn area. We had lots of fun and learning! Isabel Grautstuck organised the museum concert and workshop and did such a wonderful job. The concert was a huge success and sold out before the day of the concert. A huge thank you to her!!

Cellists Ilse, Bettina, Isabel, Louisa

Onward to Hanover via the wonderful Cologne cathedral and Philharmonic hall…

And Saturday morning after rehearsing with Jan Allain at our wonderful friends’ place near Hanover on Friday night, we zoomed over to Braunschweig in the Commando Jeep. Jan and I played together for many years, touring throughout all the German speaking countries, France, Australia and probably elsewhere, sometimes 12 tours a year, our first tour being 6 months. We made incredible friends along the way and had a crazy time. We last played at the same event, the Sommerloch CSD day festival in Braunschweig in the early days…1998! Wild to meet people from on the road that I hadn’t seen for years. Wild to see who performed on stage!

mad horn players!


I finished my short trip with a day of holiday at Petra and Andrea’s place. Swam, sat in the sun, laughed, basically a rare day of summer for me living in Ireland where summer only visits for an hour here or there.

Petra, Jan & Ilse

Thank you to all the people who made the trip possible, especially Isabel, Dirk, Maarten Roos, Jan Allain, Petra, Andrea and Andreas.

Please visit Amazon.com to see the new version my Irish music film ‘Living the Tradition’!


Magic Irish Airs in the Fischerei Museum- 27/07/17

July 21, 2017 | Posted in Concerts | By

Magic Irish Airs
Thursday, July 27, 2017
19:00 - Anmeldung erforderlich unter Ilse.ziah@web.de oder 0228 90827960 - All Ages
Bergheim - Sieg
Other Info
27.07.2017 - 19:00 bis ca. 21:00 Uhr - Eintritt 10,00 €

Ilse de Ziah: Magic Irish Airs

In wundervollen Landschaften machte sich die Cellistin des Opernorchesters Cork,

Ilse de Ziah, auf die Suche nach den Ursprüngen irischer Musik.

Gefunden hat sie sanfte und klanggewaltige Töne, die die Seele berühren.

Auf der Solotournee gastiert sie im Fischereimuseum.

Ein kurzer preisgekrönter Film über ihre Recherchen zu den

traditionellen irischen Klängen stimmt auf diese Konzerterlebnis ein.

Anmeldung erforderlich unter

Ilse.ziah@web.de oder 0228 90827960

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Ozmosis – Coventry – 17/05/17

May 12, 2017 | Posted in Concerts | By

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
12:00 - FREE - All Ages
Coventry University (map)
Coventry University
ET101 Ellen Terry Building
Coventry, U.K.
Other Info
CuInform music research forum presents 'Sonus Dulcis' - Ozmosis in concert. Australian Contemporary Chamber Music.

Nicole Panizza - piano
Elisabeth Kelvin - clarinet
Ilse de Ziah - cello

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Quiet Club @ Midleton Arts Festival – Midleton, County Cork – 14/05/17

May 12, 2017 | Posted in Concerts | By

Quiet Club @ Midleton Arts Festival
Sunday, May 14, 2017
13:00 - FREE - All Ages
John the Baptist Church (map)
Church Lane
Midleton, County Cork, Ireland
Other Info
A concert of Improvised music and sound art.
The Quiet Club (Mick O'Shea and Danny McCarthy) with special guest cellists Ilse de Ziah and Eimear Reidy.

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