About

Alistair_02

Photo: Pim Leenen

I’m a classically trained cellist with an interest in linking the old and the new and more than a decade of experience performing music in a variety of styles to different audiences around the world.

Currently based in Amsterdam, I develop both solo and collaborative performances and projects aimed at casting a new light on the classical repertoire. I also regularly team up with like-minded people on projects at the intersection of classical and contemporary music. Beside my solo projects, I also work with the Amsterdam Cello Octet, orchestral collective s t a r g a z e, as well as pianist and composer Chad Lawson.

From solo concerts and chamber music to orchestral performances, tours with internationally acclaimed bands, festivals and the BBC Proms, I’ve got a diverse background and am a versatile musician who’s always on the look out for new challenges.

Let me know if you’d like to work together – I bring my strong work ethic and sense of humour to every project, along with excellent qualifications in the form of a Bachelor Music (Hons 1 and University Medal)/ Bachelor Arts (Philosophy) as well as two master’s degrees (Musikhögskolan i Malmö, Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag). I’m also lucky enough to play on a beautiful cello generously on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrument Fonds.

You can get in contact for bookings or just to chat via info at alistairsung.com or on Instagram.

Recent solo projects

  • ‘On/Off’: Solo set at Gaudeamus Festival and Cross Linx Festival performing works for solo cello and electronics by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Daniel Wohl, Michael Gordon, Coroline Shaw and myself (2017/ 2018).
  • Bach Dialogues: Collaboration with dancer and choreographer Anne van Engeland (KuuB Ruimte voor Cultuur en Kunst, Utrecht. June 2016)
  • The Concert: Collaboration with pianist Manuel Wouthuysen and graphic designer Ming Sin Ho of Cargo Collective (KuuB Ruimte voor Cultuur en Kunst, Utrecht. February 2015)

Noteworthy collaborations

  • Member of Amsterdam Cello Octet
  • Member of the Berlin-based ensemble s t a r g a z e, including:
    • Collaboration with Poliça with performances at Eaux Claires Festival, US, 2017
    • Performance of works written for s t a r g a z e by Qasim Naqvi, 2017 (Dawn of Midi)
    • David Bowie tribute at the BBC Proms, 2016 (broadcast live)
    • Music featured on the soundtrack to the 2016 Oscar-winning film The Revenant
    • Collaboration with Richard Reed Perry (Arcade Fire)
    • Collaboration with Bryce Dessner (The National)
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