ali about

Photo: Boudewijn Bollmann


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 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 projects

  • ‘On/Off’: Solo set at Gaudeamus Festival, Utrecht performing works for solo cello and electronics by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Daniel Wohl, Michael Gordon, and Coroline Shaw (2017).
  •  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