Simona Mannu


After my studies at DAMS (Music) in Bologna, I moved to London in 2009 to pursue a more solid musical career. Since living in UK I've been professionally working as a cellists in various project, collaborating with singer-songwriters such as 'DeLooze' & 'Kat May', orchestras like 'The Collaborative Orchestra', 'Notting Hill Film Music Orchestra', 'World Harmony Orchestra' and 'RCM Film Orchestra'. In 2014 I received a Scholarship from 'Thwaites' for an instrument purchase, via 'Leeds College of Music', where I Graduated in Classical Cello (2017) under the guide of cellist Alfia Nakipbekova (ex pupil of Mstislav Rostropovich). While studying at LCoM I've been touring in UK with pop singer Marc Almond, performing at RFH And Leeds Town Hall, taking part of a BBC documentary for 'iPlayer' & 'InsideOut'. In those years I also had the opportunity to perform in venues such as Tate Modern, O2 Academy and Barbican, collaborating with composer Matthew Herbert and I've been a member (cellist) of the 'WOW Orchestra' for 5 consecutive years, sharing stage with Sue Perkins, Anne Sofie von Otter, Sandi Toksvig, Jessica Cottis & Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA). Most recently I performed for the video recording of 'Vanara The Musical', starring singer Carrie Hope Fletcher and I've been part of Bernstein's 'MASS' cast, performed at RFH alongside Marin Alsop, Chineke! Junior Orchestra & National Youth Orchestra of GB. I currently finished recording at Abbey Road Studios with my string quartet for a new single composed by rock band 'Duke of Wolves' and in July 2018 I'll be part of the '100 Cellos' Reunion in Como (Italy) lead by Giovanni Sollima. While self employed I've also been teaching children through award winning company 'The Strings Club' and delivered Dementia friendly community workshops at West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds). Recent performances include The World Economic Forum In Davos, conducted by Marin Alsop (2019). Now taking private cello lessons from Gabriella Swallow.